OLSON CALLS FOR IMPEACHMENT OF ERIC HOLDER
SUGAR LAND, TXâ€“ Rep. Pete Olson (TX-22) today called on the House of Representatives to begin impeachment proceedings against Justice Department Attorney General Eric Holder for lying to Congress and refusing to uphold existing laws.
"During his tenure as Attorney General, Eric Holder has refused to prosecute IRS officials who admitted targeting Tea Party groups on ideological grounds, allowed a Border Patrol agent to be killed during Operation Fast and Furious, and named a member of the media as a co-conspirator in alleged violations of the Espionage Act while lying about it to Congress," Olson said.
"The House voted to hold Mr. Holder in contempt of Congress last summer, before he committed perjury, and yet he continues to lie and thwart Congressional inquiries to provide the truth to the American people. The Attorney General has failed to ensure that the laws are faithfully executed and has failed to fulfill his oath of office. Since Holder won't resign, he must be impeached. I urge my colleagues to join me in calling for impeachment proceedings as soon as we return to Washington," Olson concluded.
Failed to fulfill oath of office- Holder's Justice Department has failed to prosecute any Internal Revenue Service (IRS) officials for targeting Tea Party and conservative groups for extra scrutiny when seeking tax-exempt status.
Perjury- Holder signed off on the Department of Justiceâ€™s (DOJ)wide-ranging search warrant for private emails and communications surveillance of Fox News reporter James Rosen and then lied to Congress about it.
Perjury and obstruction of justice- Holder failed to turn over documents related to Operation Fast and Furious, the botched â€œgunwalkingâ€ operation that allowed thousands of guns to be smuggled from the U.S. to drug cartels in Mexico. The guns were used to kill hundreds in Mexico and at least one of them was used to kill U.S. Border Patrol agent, Brian Terry. Holder also misled Congress about how much he knew about Fast and Furious and when he learned it.
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