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November 14, 2013 - 1:32 pm

Rep. Pete Olson (R-Texas) introduced his articles of impeachment against Attorney General Eric Holder today with more than twice the number of original co-sponsors anticipated.

“For nearly five years, Attorney General Holder has systematically deceived Congress and destroyed the credibility of the Justice Department in the eyes of the American people. During his tenure, Mr. Holder refused to cooperate with a congressional investigation into Operation Fast and Furious and the resulting death of a Border Patrol agent, refused to prosecute IRS officials who unlawfully disclosed private tax records to third party groups, and misled Congress about his involvement in the investigation of a journalist,” Olson said.

“Last year, the House voted to hold Mr. Holder in contempt of Congress, making him the first sitting cabinet member to ever hold this dubious distinction,” he continued. “Still, he continued to mislead and thwart congressional efforts to bring the truth to the American people. Mr. Holder has failed to ensure that the laws are faithfully executed and continues to act in a manner unbefitting of a cabinet official. I urge my colleagues to join me in beginning this process by cosponsoring this measure now. The American people deserve answers and accountability.”

Original co-sponsors of the bill are Reps. Larry Buschon (R-Ind.), Blake Farenthold (R-Texas), David Roe (R-Tenn.), Randy Weber (R-Texas), Lynn Westmoreland (R-Ga.), Roger Williams (R-Texas), Ted Yoho (R-Fla.) Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), Bill Flores (R-Texas), Mark Amodei (R-Nev.), Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.), Scott DesJarlais (R-Tenn.), Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.), Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.), Sam Johnson (R-Texas), Steve Stockman (R-Texas), Mike Conaway (R-Texas), and Thomas Massie (R-Ky.).

The four charges in the articles of impeachment are:

1. Refusal to comply with a subpoena issued by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on October 12, 2011, seeking information and documents regarding Operation Fast and Furious. This is a violation of 2 U.S.C. 192.

2. Failure to enforce multiple laws, including the Defense of Marriage Act, the Controlled Substances Act, and the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1986. This is a violation of the oath Mr. Holder swore to “well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office” of Attorney General.

3. Refusal to prosecute the IRS officials involved in the targeting and disclosure of tax records belonging to political donors. This is a violation of the oath Mr. Holder swore to “well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office” of Attorney General.

4. False testimony under oath before Congress on May 15, 2013, about the Justice Department investigation of journalist James Rosen. This is a violation of 18 U.S.C. 1621.

House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) office did not respond to the bill, but rumblings on the Hill are that GOP leaders view it as a distraction while they’re trying to concentrate on exploiting holes in the Obamacare rollout.

Bridget Johnson is a career 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 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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Yes, it's a distraction from ObamaCare, but it's also the right thing to do. Remember, Holder lied to (and in front of) Congress. Congress can't let that go unchallenged. And, yes, even if impeachment passes in the House, the Senate likely won't bring it to trial. However, in an election year some Dems might find religion. People getting insurance cancellation notices will continue to remind everyone what a pile of turds and lies the ACA was founded on.
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Mr. Speaker! Mr. Speaker!
I suggest you take this up or you could find out that Impeachment can cut Republican office holders as well.
37 weeks ago
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And while you guys are at it, impeach the PIG in the white house that holder rode in with!
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"House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) office did not respond to the bill, but rumblings on the Hill are that GOP leaders view it as a distraction while they’re trying to concentrate on exploiting holes in the Obamacare rollout."

Bullpuckey. Any mature adult who can't manage their time for different tasks doesn't deserve to be in that position. The GOP leadership is just lazy.
37 weeks ago
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"The GOP leadership is just lazy."

Or frightened little rabbits that really don't believe in our principles very much themselves.
36 weeks ago
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trying to concentrate on exploiting holes in Obamacare rollout? Maybe if they just sat back and let that happen, they would do more good than trying to exploit it, because they usually just end up making themselves look foolish and help the democrats out. Leave the destroying of the Democratic brand to the Democrats, they are doing a great job of it.
36 weeks ago
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And as I've pointed out before, if Congress would restrict itself to those matters they actually have Constitutional authority to address, they'd have the time to do it all properly!
37 weeks ago
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"...rumblings on the Hill are that GOP leaders view it as a distraction while they’re trying to concentrate on exploiting holes in the Obamacare rollout."

How interesting. The first post I saw about these articles were met with a storm of comments slamming the idea with precisely this argument.

It's almost as if Establican congressional aides are astroturfing comment threads to try to fend off actions that might upset their bosses' apple carts.
37 weeks ago
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Splendid. There's also plenty of time for flanking attacks.
Holder's hiring practices at DoJ won't withstand any scrutiny at all. Handled right, it adds up to career-ending opportunities for his flunkies, too.

Holder is -- all day, every day, in every way -- close kin to Sharpton, i.e., a repulsive black bigot who represents all that's ugly in our republic. Time to call him and his kind to account.

The revulsion is widespread, across much of the spectrum, and it's way past time to say so, loudly and often. A lot of media drones and saggy-assed old white Republicans will be surprised at just how badly they misread the runes.
37 weeks ago
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Y'all do realize that this affirmative action choom gang loser is going to issue a blanket pardon to the entire executive branch on 01/19/2017, don't ya?
37 weeks ago
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Let him go ahead an cement his sorry legacy with such a technically legal but morally and politically repugnant act.
36 weeks ago
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The optics on this one ain't pretty if the MSM plays this right. Take another look at the states in which representatives are signing onto this. All of them are from southern or midwestern states. This'll be w.h.i.t.e.y (why is that word blocked?) out to get an upstanding black man before its all over. And you all know how the MSM can spin just about anything. When a sitting president can make bold-faced lies to the American people and few seem to notice you know the MSM is doing its job.


37 weeks ago
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1. Use media bias as an excuse for paralysis.
2. ????
3. WINNING!
37 weeks ago
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Yep. And like Charlie Sheen's car crash-like interview the MSM will make it so Teleprompter Jesus/ Holder are 'winning' even when they're losing.

They're 'bi-winning'.

Craziness.
37 weeks ago
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Do a group impeachment and go after all who can be proven to be complicit with Obama and Holder
37 weeks ago
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Could we then have a group hanging like they did after the Nuremburg trials?
36 weeks ago
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".....but rumblings on the Hill are that GOP leaders view it as a distraction while they’re trying to concentrate on exploiting holes in the Obamacare rollout."

Of course it is. Just distraction, the distraction that blinds. Really, they will fight this battle when they have a 100% chance of winning it, just not now.
37 weeks ago
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Haven't heard that name in many decades, but why did you drop your last name
"Olivaw", Daneel?

:-)
37 weeks ago
37 weeks ago Link To Comment
Heh. Of course Weepy and his cronies fail to recognize that one must earn the privilege of choosing one's battles by first winning a whole carpload of battles one didn't have the luxury of not choosing.

Weepy and his cronies haven't earned the privilege.
37 weeks ago
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Impeachment?

I want to see the corrupt ideologue "perp-walked" out of the DOJ and fitted for an orange jumpsuit...
37 weeks ago
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I agree, but I don't particularly care how well the orange jumpsuit fits.
37 weeks ago
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Yes, it's a distraction from ObamaCare, but it's also the right thing to do. Remember, Holder lied to (and in front of) Congress. Congress can't let that go unchallenged. And, yes, even if impeachment passes in the House, the Senate likely won't bring it to trial. However, in an election year some Dems might find religion. People getting insurance cancellation notices will continue to remind everyone what a pile of turds and lies the ACA was founded on.
37 weeks ago
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He didn't tell a "lie-lie". Remember, it's all in the definition of "is".
37 weeks ago
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I have a better plan. Do nothing. From its inception obamacare had zero Republican input. They were not consulted one iota. It was all backroom deals, bribes, thuggery, and such. If history is any example, all criminal syndacates always fail at some point and as a last gasp they eat their own.

Just let the leftist fools alone. They are professionals at failure mind you.

It is also a foregone conclusion that anything that sticks to Holder will be pardoned by BHO. Waste of time. Gather as much data as possible. Get some moles in the DOJ. Hell, bug the crap out of that cess pool. Then wait until BHO is gone.



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