Thursday, May 10, 2012

Representative Wants to Doc DOJ Pay For Failure to Provide Fast & Furious Documentation

For over a year now, both the US House of Representatives and US Senate have requested documentation concerning Operation Fast and Furious from the Department of Justice. Every few months, the DOJ tries to appease the congressional demands by providing some documentation, but they continue to hold back all of it.

Tired and frustrated with the DOJ’s actions, Rep Trey Gowdy, (R-SC) introduced a measure this past week calling for $1 million to be cut from DOJ salaries due to their lack of cooperation. During Gowdy’s speech on the House floor, he said,

“A Border Patrol agent was killed, hundreds of Mexican citizens have been killed, thousands of weapons are unaccounted for and likely, madam chairwoman, are going to be used in future crimes, but the Department of Justice — and the attorney general specifically — will not provide documents properly, legitimately requested. So, I am left with no choice, madam chairwoman, but to offer an amendment cutting the Department of Justice’s appropriation.”

“Madam chairwoman, Congress has been patient. Indeed, too patient in my judgment — and I understand that for some everything is a political exercise, but, surely, the Department of Justice can rise above petty, partisan politics and comply with a subpoena. The Department of Justice, madam chairwoman, expects others to comply with subpoenas yet they will not do so themselves.”

“For those watching at home, what would happen to them if they ignored a summons for jury duty? What would happen for them if they ignored a grand jury subpoena? What would happen if a committee of Congress demanded documents [from them] and they summarily refused to cooperate?”

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