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November 13, 2013 - 7:19 am

A Texas Republican plans to introduce a resolution of Articles of Impeachment for Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday.

Rep. Pete Olson’s (R-Texas) office said this morning that “this was not a decision made lightly,” but comes with Holder’s “pattern of disregard for the rule of law and refusal to be forthright with Congress and the American people” since being held in contempt in June 2012.

That 255-67 vote on criminal contempt, which included 17 Democrats, was tied to the Fast and Furious scandal and marked the first time Congress has found an attorney general in contempt. A measure of civil contempt then passed the House 258-95.

The impeachment measure will reportedly hit at Fast and Furious again, as well as the IRS targeting of Tea Party groups and spying on reporters.

According to Fox News, House GOP leadership and the Judiciary Committee, helmed by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), are not on board with Olson’s effort. The Senate would have to convict Holder should the House vote for impeachment.

Original co-sponsors will be Reps. Phil Roe (R-Tenn.), Ted Yoho (R-Fla.), Lynn Westmoreland (R-Ga.), Larry Buschon (R-Ind.), Blake Farenthold (R-Texas), Randy Weber (R-Texas) and Roger Williams (R-Texas).

Olson is a member of the Republican Study Committee, a caucus of House conservatives.

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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My one and only "question" about F&F remains unanswered.

Wouldnt it be nice if someone had the b*lls to say this:

"…you say this was a "law enforcement operation” that, through 20/20 hindsight, had some obvious flaws. That somehow, it went completely and unexpectedly, wrong, and you are heartbroken by the outcome….OK, fine….Then please explain to me, what WAS your plan, once the guns were allowed to "walk". How was this operation SUPPOSED to work, Mr. Attorney General? "

"…I'm Just trying to follow your objectives here...you arranged for Straw Purchasers to buy these weapons...known felons, utterly disqualified from doing so, falsifying information on the purchase forms, people you KNEW were going to supply them to Mexican Drug Cartels, people you WATCHED commit these felonies...and then, with no tracking devices installed on these weapons, and no surveillance of any subsequent transfers, you simply let these people and these weapons disappear into the streets of Mexico....For what purpose, sir….What, Mr. Attorney General, was the NEXT step of this Grand Law Enforcement Plan as you understood it?

"...Please tell me sir, what your office was planning to do, NEXT? How was it SUPPOSED to work as a Law Enforcement operation, when everything I’m seeing tells me it could not POSSIBLY work, as a Law Enforcement operation?"

"…how were you to effect any POSSIBLE arrests of downstream people involved? To protect the public at large here and in Mexico? To prevent the criminal misuse of these weapons, when, by DESIGN, you had had ZERO realistic means to do so once these weapons were driven way from the original point of sale?"

"...Short of them being captured as bloody evidence at various crime scenes, what other POSSIBLE outcome did you envision coming from this Operation? “

“…Do you see, sir, how it is impossible for us to believe there was any Legitimate Law Enforcement Purpose for this Operation? Do you see how the words “mistakes were made” ring as hollow, unconvincing, and dishonest? Do you understand, My Attorney General, do you at all comprehend what a ghastly and egregious Crime Against the People of Mexico and The United States took place under your watch?”

“…It is the opinion of many of my constituents, sir, that Fast and Furious was in fact created for the soul purpose of causing the death of innocent people. It is the opinion of many of my constituents that, for the sake of furthering Gun Control Legislation within the United States, your office was complicit in flooding Mexico with American Weapons. It is the opinion of many of my constituents, sir, that you were either ordered to this, or volunteered to do this, to lend credence to the false claim that “90% of the guns involved in Mexican drug crimes come from the United States”, as articulated by The President and the Former Secretary of State Mrs. Clinton on several occasions"

"...It is the opinion of many of my constituants, that the “collateral damage” of innocent citizens, police and military forces killed on both sides of the border from the weapons you supplied to the Drug Cartels, were intended to be used as an effective propaganda tool by the Administration, by connecting the "easy availibility" of fireams in the US to Mexican Drug Violence, when no such correlation otherwise existed”

“…. It is, therefore, the opinion of many of my constituents, that you, and this administration, are in fact guilty of murder, murder for the sake of a particular Political Legislative Agenda. Do you understand the seriousness of that accusation, sir?”

“ ..So please, Mr Attorney General, for the very last time, take this final opportunity to render a CREDIBLE explanation to this committee, on HOW that operation was SUPPOSED to work…Saying it was a “mistake” and that you “regret” it, will no longer suffice. It is as unbelievable. It is insulting”

“… Because without your detailed explanation, right here and now, of what plausible, reasonable, Law Enforcement Objectives could have been served by letting these weapons out of your control, I have no choice but to conclude my constituents are right about your real motives and intentions concerning Operation Fast and Furious”

“… And, I must therefor, render my support for not only for the Impeachment of you, yourself, Mr. Attorney General, but also the Criminal Prosecution of you, yourself, Mr. Attorney general, as well any others of Administration who were involved in the planning and execution of this Criminal Conspiracy known as Operation Fast and Furious”

“…So, I need an answer from you, Mr. Attorney General. Right now. Today. Under oath. A detailed, credible answer as to how this operation was SUPPOSED to unfold, once the weapons were, by design, intentionally lost"

"You will not leave this room until you do so, today, is that clear Mr. Holder?”
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Greetings:

At this point, the House Republicans are all that stand between the USofA and Chavez land. It's about time that they woke up to the fact that playing politics doesn't work when the other side is playing revolution.

Tactically, the House Republicans need to stop sending letters to President Obama's minions and start sending subpoenas and taking them to court. The paperwork point has been passed. It's either into the courts or into the streets. And I don't mean for a nice polite Tea Party.
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Let's hope. Time to pile it on, and to thank Rep. Olson for (unintentionally) giving the finger to the drooling old dopes around here who bray about the hopelessness of lifting a finger when the GOP only controls ''one-third of one-eighth of one-half of something we don't understand 'cos civics is hard and so is math, but my nephew's wife's a lawyer...WAAAAAH.''

Note: Ideally, Holder will swing from the rafters but in reality it matters less than the evidence that one or two Republicans have testicles.
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my buddy's mom makes $61/hour on the internet. She has been without a job for five months but last month her pay check was $19528 just working on the internet for a few hours. view it.........http://www.Bay95.com
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There are no words of contempt and disgust strong enough to show how many
in the U S feel about Holder and others of Obama's cohorts continuing to draw salaries when truly they should be behind bars. If they weren't protected by the laws they flaunt, they'd be in breadlines with the rest of the unemployed.
God help the USA !!!!!
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Only Dear Leader deserves it more (impeachment) but Old Yellowstain won't even allow a special committee to investigate Benghazi...he sure as hell won't allow articles of impeachment to go forward....politics are like the weather - they always change; maybe Old Yellowstain's newfound gonads will allow him to be a real Speaker now? We'll see.....Speaker Ghomert, or Speaker King (Steve King, not that stoooopid fat bastard Peter King) or Speaker Gowdy would impeach the hell out some neo-communists!

Remember BENGHAZI!
49 weeks ago
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To detract attention from Obamacare debacle?
49 weeks ago
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This impeachment idea is like a bad dream. All it will do is help the Dems out when they are sinking under the weight of Obamacare.
49 weeks ago
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Yes, they're sinking. Obamacare is all but universally seen as an epic failure. There is no distraction big enough to save them from it.

Maybe this fight should be left to those of us who have won fights; those plagued by watery bowels should stand aside.
49 weeks ago
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I just like that.
49 weeks ago
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Introducing the Articles of Impeachment at this time will only serve as an excuse for Obama's lap dog media to put the Obamacare debacle on the back burner. Better to wait in the hope of a Republican take over of the Senate. Then impeach the reprehensible excuse for a human being Attorney General Eric Holder.
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The Obamacare debacle will only get worse, if Obamacare is not completely repealed. What will happen to employer-provided insurance next year will make what happened this year look piddling. And as much as the MSM would want to ignore, they will not be able to because the impact will be enormous, and the dislocation in the economy may well trigger a true depression.

Holder need to get a taste of his own tactics. The process is the punishment. Clinton got impeached but not convicted, but even so his reputation and influence did get damaged.

Of course any impeachment proceeding will be called racist by the MSM but if the true facts can get out, the wavering voters in the middle, whose confidence in the O Administration is now strained by the O-care debacle and the administrations lies about it, may actually listen, especially if the proceedings simply ask the obvious questions, as The Root 83 described above. The tone has to be insistent in asking for an explanation for F&F, the IRS stuff, the Rosen surveillance etc, not hectoring but not stopping until a reasonable answer is produced.
49 weeks ago
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In case you haven't noticed, Obama's media propaganda machine doesn't need an excuse to back burner the malfeasance of Obama's gang.

So they might as well impeach the dirty weasel Holder and make the Senate Democrats publicly vote to protect an obvious criminal.
49 weeks ago
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hello. it is time to return to rule of law. nobody is too big to go to jail. follow this with breaking up the bankster cartel laundering illegal drug monies, and put them in jail. never look back.
49 weeks ago
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If for no other reason than being in the history books, this monster should have articles of impeachment delivered to his inbox. Hell yeah impeach him and obama. I am sick and tired of these blancophobics in congress...
49 weeks ago
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This pinhead should've been questioned more so post-Marc Rich pardon years ago.

Though Holder's a racialist dirtbag and uses his DoJ for intimidating states LEGAL voting laws, intervening with state-controlled homicide investigations and suing states for their LEGALLY PASSED immigration bills he'll sadly escape this F&F, Gunwalker murders as well.

Black, Illiberal is more times than not a get out of jail free card. Sure there's LA's William J. Jefferson sitting in a federal clink at the moment though that was before our Manchurian President was at the helm.

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My one and only "question" about F&F remains unanswered.

Wouldnt it be nice if someone had the b*lls to say this:

"…you say this was a "law enforcement operation” that, through 20/20 hindsight, had some obvious flaws. That somehow, it went completely and unexpectedly, wrong, and you are heartbroken by the outcome….OK, fine….Then please explain to me, what WAS your plan, once the guns were allowed to "walk". How was this operation SUPPOSED to work, Mr. Attorney General? "

"…I'm Just trying to follow your objectives here...you arranged for Straw Purchasers to buy these weapons...known felons, utterly disqualified from doing so, falsifying information on the purchase forms, people you KNEW were going to supply them to Mexican Drug Cartels, people you WATCHED commit these felonies...and then, with no tracking devices installed on these weapons, and no surveillance of any subsequent transfers, you simply let these people and these weapons disappear into the streets of Mexico....For what purpose, sir….What, Mr. Attorney General, was the NEXT step of this Grand Law Enforcement Plan as you understood it?

"...Please tell me sir, what your office was planning to do, NEXT? How was it SUPPOSED to work as a Law Enforcement operation, when everything I’m seeing tells me it could not POSSIBLY work, as a Law Enforcement operation?"

"…how were you to effect any POSSIBLE arrests of downstream people involved? To protect the public at large here and in Mexico? To prevent the criminal misuse of these weapons, when, by DESIGN, you had had ZERO realistic means to do so once these weapons were driven way from the original point of sale?"

"...Short of them being captured as bloody evidence at various crime scenes, what other POSSIBLE outcome did you envision coming from this Operation? “

“…Do you see, sir, how it is impossible for us to believe there was any Legitimate Law Enforcement Purpose for this Operation? Do you see how the words “mistakes were made” ring as hollow, unconvincing, and dishonest? Do you understand, My Attorney General, do you at all comprehend what a ghastly and egregious Crime Against the People of Mexico and The United States took place under your watch?”

“…It is the opinion of many of my constituents, sir, that Fast and Furious was in fact created for the soul purpose of causing the death of innocent people. It is the opinion of many of my constituents that, for the sake of furthering Gun Control Legislation within the United States, your office was complicit in flooding Mexico with American Weapons. It is the opinion of many of my constituents, sir, that you were either ordered to this, or volunteered to do this, to lend credence to the false claim that “90% of the guns involved in Mexican drug crimes come from the United States”, as articulated by The President and the Former Secretary of State Mrs. Clinton on several occasions"

"...It is the opinion of many of my constituants, that the “collateral damage” of innocent citizens, police and military forces killed on both sides of the border from the weapons you supplied to the Drug Cartels, were intended to be used as an effective propaganda tool by the Administration, by connecting the "easy availibility" of fireams in the US to Mexican Drug Violence, when no such correlation otherwise existed”

“…. It is, therefore, the opinion of many of my constituents, that you, and this administration, are in fact guilty of murder, murder for the sake of a particular Political Legislative Agenda. Do you understand the seriousness of that accusation, sir?”

“ ..So please, Mr Attorney General, for the very last time, take this final opportunity to render a CREDIBLE explanation to this committee, on HOW that operation was SUPPOSED to work…Saying it was a “mistake” and that you “regret” it, will no longer suffice. It is as unbelievable. It is insulting”

“… Because without your detailed explanation, right here and now, of what plausible, reasonable, Law Enforcement Objectives could have been served by letting these weapons out of your control, I have no choice but to conclude my constituents are right about your real motives and intentions concerning Operation Fast and Furious”

“… And, I must therefor, render my support for not only for the Impeachment of you, yourself, Mr. Attorney General, but also the Criminal Prosecution of you, yourself, Mr. Attorney general, as well any others of Administration who were involved in the planning and execution of this Criminal Conspiracy known as Operation Fast and Furious”

“…So, I need an answer from you, Mr. Attorney General. Right now. Today. Under oath. A detailed, credible answer as to how this operation was SUPPOSED to unfold, once the weapons were, by design, intentionally lost"

"You will not leave this room until you do so, today, is that clear Mr. Holder?”
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