Republicans have long threatened to bring contempt of Congress charges against Attorney General Eric Holder over the Department of Justice's botched Fast and Furious gun-trafficking sting. Legal Times reports that Oversight Committee, Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Ca.), sent out a 44-page draft of proposed contempt charges against Holder to the other members of the committee. The draft charges that Holder is in contempt of Congress for failure to comply with a congressional subpoena for Justice Department documents.
Assistant Attorney General Ronald Weich said the type of information not being released, like transcripts of grand jury proceedings and other sensitive law enforcement materials, have historically not been released because it is not appropriate for further disclosure. Holder has testified that he has never defended the Fast and Furious program. “Once this was brought to my attention, I stopped it,” he said. Rep. Elijiah Cummings (D-Md.), the ranking Democrat on the committee, said, “Holding someone in contempt is one of the most serious actions Congress can take, but it is being used in this case as part of a partisan election year witch-hunt.”