On Thursday, Attorney General Eric Holder sent a letter to Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, promising an “extraordinary accommodation” regarding the committee’s year-old subpoena for documents in the Fast and Furious scandal. Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) appeared on Fox this morning and was not impressed with Holder’s offer.
“I’m not interested in an extraordinary accommodation,” Gowdy said. “I’m interested in the attorney general complying with our subpoena and once he does that we’ll let you know how extraordinary it is.” Gowdy added “I’m not impressed by someone waiting until two days before trial to offer a deal on the courthouse steps. We’re not haggling over a used car. We’re talking about the Congress’ constitutional duty of oversight.” Gowdy called on Holder to comply with the committee’s subpoena and hand over all 70,000 relevant documents.
Holder may face a contempt of Congress vote early next week, both for failing to comply with the congressional subpoena, and for his department delivering a letter to Congress regarding Fast and Furious in February 2011, that turned out to be so inaccurate that Justice had to withdraw it. Rep. Gowdy says he wants to know who was involved in drafting that letter.