A group of Republican Congressman led by Rep. Pete Olson (Texas) is slated to introduce articles of impeachment against Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday.
Olson argued that Holder has continued to disregard the rule of law after the House voted to hold him in contempt last year.
�œThis was not a decision that I made lightly,” Olson said in a statement. �œSince the House voted in 2012 to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt, the pattern of disregard for the rule of law and refusal to be forthright has only continued.”
Olson�™s office said 10 other lawmakers are slated to sign on to the proposal. His office predicted it could have more by the time it is formally introduced at noon.
In June, 2012, the Republican-led House voted overwhelmingly to hold Holder in criminal contempt for not complying with congressional subpoena�™s related to the botched fast and furious gun-running campaign.
Olson�™s office provided a white paper, detailing the four articles of impeachment that will be formally introduced – including a rehash of the Fast and Furious charges.
The first charge relates to Holder�™s failure to comply with subpoenas regarding the fast and furious campaign.
Holder �œengaged in a pattern of conduct incompatible with the trust and confidence placed in him in that position by refusing to comply with a subpoena issued by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on October 12, 2011,” according to the summary.
The second article charges Holder with failure to enforce laws including the Defense of Marriage Act – which has since been invalidated by the Supreme Court – as well as the Justice Department�™s decision this year to relax mandatory minimum sentencing for low-level drug offenders.
The third article charges that Holder has failed to prosecute anyone in the Internal Revenue Scandal earlier this year in which certain conservative groups were targeted for extra scrutiny while applying for tax-exempt status.
The final article accuses Holder of perjury by saying he had no knowledge of any potential prosecution of the media for disclosure of classified material earlier this year.
However, it was subsequently revealed that Fox News reporter James Rosen was classified as a co-conspirator in a national security leak case in order to seize his phone records and emails.
Holder has maintained the designation was used as a tool to find the source of the leak to Rosen, and the Justice Department never had any intention of persecuting him. The Hill
Source: Press TV