June 29, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - The day after the Supreme Court dealt him a major victory, President Obama moved on to fighting other fires - literally - as he traveled to Colorado to check on a blaze that has destroyed hundreds of homes. The moment captured a truth about Obama's tenure: From the day he took office in the midst of an economic crisis, he has rarely had the luxury of a victory lap. Instead, in a stubbornly lackluster economy, the most that administration officials generally can claim is credit for avoiding disasters, achievements typically followed by questions about when that sad state of affairs will improve.
June 28, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - The House of Representatives has begun considering whether to find Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. in contempt of Congress for ignoring a subpoena to turn over internal Department of Justice documents in the "Fast and Furious" gun-tracking scandal. If contempt is approved, which appears likely, it will mark the first time in the nation's history that a sitting Cabinet member has been found in contempt of Congress. The vote has been scheduled for about 5 p.m. Eastern time.
June 27, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - The last time he testified on Capitol Hill, Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. struggled to predict how his legacy would be written. "What my future holds," he said, "frankly, I'm just not sure. " The Republican-led House will vote Thursday on whether to find him in contempt of Congress for ignoring a congressional subpoena for documents in Fast and Furious, the federal law enforcement operation that allowed firearms to circulate among criminals on both sides of the Southwest border.
June 27, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Conservative Democrats began to desert Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. on the eve of a historic contempt of Congress vote, as Republicans upped the ante by planning to take Holder to court themselves if he doesn't hand over 1,500 pages in documents on a failed gun-tracking operation. House vote-counters predicted that 20 to 31 Democrats would desert their party largely because the influential National Rifle Assn. threatened to oppose lawmakers who supported the attorney general.
June 24, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - House oversight committee chairman Darrell Issa said Sunday that he has no evidence the White House was involved in what could be a Justice Department "cover up” to contain fallout from the botched “Fast and Furious” operation. In a series of interviews on the political talk shows, the California Republican repeatedly accused Justice Department officials of lying to Congress about the gun-trafficking sting operation and withholding documents from congressional investigators.
June 22, 2012 |
The brouhaha over Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. and the contempt of Congress charge brought by U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista) are providing new evidence that the lunatics are running the Republican asylum. Issa, the Republican chairman of the House Oversight Committee, would have us believe President Obama's assertion of executive privilege in the dispute -- “an eleventh-hour stunt,” he called it on Fox News -- is part of a White House cover up of something much more sinister.
June 20, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - A House committee voted along party lines to find Eric H. Holder Jr. in contempt of Congress for failing to provide subpoenaed documents in the flawed Fast and Furious gun-tracking case, just hours after President Obama for the first time asserted executive privilege and backed the attorney general's refusal to release the material. The developments Wednesday set up a political standoff going into the November election and a significant constitutional clash between the White House and Congress that may not be resolved until after a lengthy journey through the courts.
June 12, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- Attorney Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. told a Senate committee Tuesday that members of the Department of Justice's national security division have been recused from participating in new investigations into leaks of classified information to the press, but he insisted that the decision does not signal they were part of the unauthorized disclosure of secret material. He also said that he and FBI Director Robert Mueller III have already been interviewed by two teams of prosecutors about what they knew about the leaks into secret drone attacks, cyber warfare and other clandestine operations.