BREAKING: House Republicans ask for special prosecutor to investigate Eric Holder for perjury

Posted by: Phineas on October 4, 2011 at 2:57 pm

**Posted by Phineas

It’s about danged time:

House Republicans are calling for a special counsel to determine whether Attorney General Eric Holder perjured himself during his testimony to the House Judiciary Committee on Operation Fast and Furious, Fox News has learned.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith, R-Texas, was sending a letter to President Obama on Tuesday arguing that Holder cannot investigate himself, and requesting the president instruct the Department of Justice to appoint a special counsel.

The question is whether Holder committed perjury during a Judiciary Committee hearing on May 3. At the time, Holder indicated he was not familiar with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives program known as Fast and Furious until about April 2011.

“I’m not sure of the exact date, but I probably heard about Fast and Furious for the first time over the last few weeks,” Holder testified.

However, a newly discovered memo dated July 2010 shows Michael Walther, director of the National Drug Intelligence Center, told Holder that straw buyers in the Fast and Furious operation “are responsible for the purchase of 1,500 firearms that were then supplied to the Mexican drug trafficking cartels.”

Other documents also indicate that Holder began receiving weekly briefings on the program from the National Drug Intelligence Center “beginning, at the latest, on July 5, 2010,” Smith wrote.

“These updates mentioned, not only the name of the operation, but also specific details about guns being trafficked to Mexico,” Smith wrote in the letter to Obama.

“Allegations that senior Justice Department officials may have intentionally misled members of Congress are extremely troubling and must be addressed by an independent and objective special counsel. I urge you to appoint a special counsel who will investigate these allegations as soon as possible,” Smith wrote.

Of course Obama will resist, so let the subpoenas fly….

Note also that Judiciary is where any moves to impeach AG Holder would begin.

Popcorn!

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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  1. Carlos says:

    I certainly hope the SI isn’t limited in scope to Holder’s perjury, but can investigate the entire affair. Of course, that would make the Democraps scream that it was an abuse of power, but 1) what was Fitzgerald after, after he learned who the Plame leak was two days into his investigation, and 2) the Democraps have little room to cry about abuse of power considering this entire affair.

  2. Dale B Adams says:

    Does anybody else remember Eric Holder made a public statement that, “He didn’t believe the Second Amendment gave citizens the right to have guns?” He may have been the only AG in our history to ever make such a legal determination. Therefore, it appears his intent to illegally transport guns to Mexican gangs was to use these murders as an excuse to wipe out our Second Amendment rights. Once we lose these rights the government can do whatever they want to us.
    Gun owners and every American should be fighting mad over this treasonous crime to destroy our Constitutional rights. Now is the time to stand up and let Congress hear your voices.