In response to Attorney General Eric Holder's letter of June 14, asking House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chair Darryl Issa (R-CA) for a meeting "no later than June 18" to discuss what document production was necessary to avert the Committee's contempt-of-Congress vote on Wednesday, June 20, Rep. Issa replied today that he would postpone the scheduled contempt vote, if Holder fulfills his promise to turn over additional relevant documents on "Fast and Furious."
Issa's letter stated, "While I do have substantial concerns that these documents may not be sufficient to allow the committee to complete its investigation, delivery of these documents before the scheduled consideration of contempt at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 20, 2012, would be sufficient to justify the postponement of the proceeding to allow for the review of the materials."
Issa also said he wants to meet with Holder and Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA), another leading critic of "Fast and Furious," as soon as Tuesday, June 19.
The documents Holder offered to share include details of how the Justice Department's knowledge of the gun-running probe "evolved throughout 2011," and how the DOJ came to retract its February 2011 letter that denied that senior officials knew of improper tactics in the botched sting.
Holder already fended off a call for his resignation on June 12 at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, when Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), accused him of misleading Congress. "I don't have any intention of resigning," Holder declared.
A Rasmussen poll of 1,000 people, released today, found that 40% think Holder should resign; 27% think he should not resign, and 33% are undecided (error margin 3%).
In the Senate, Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) of the Senate Armed Services Committee, cosponsored Sen. John McCain's (R-AZ) Congressional Resolution, expressing the Sense of the Senate that Attorney General Holder should appoint a Special Counsel to investigate the recent leaks to the news media of classified and highly sensitive information on U.S. military and intelligence plans, programs, and operations.
Inhofe said, "The string of recent leaks damage national security ... They strain relationships with allies, and expose sources and methods, while putting lives at risk. The sources of these leaks have been reported as, among others, participants in ongoing programs, senior Adminsitration officials, and Presidential aides. The President's repeated silence regarding these leaks, except to deny responsibility, is troubling at best."
Inhofe continued, "While the two Justice Department attorneys appointed by the Attorney General to investigate these leaks are good men and decent public servants, the fact is, the Attorney General is a member of the President's national security team. No administration should be expected to investigate itself impartially in the midst of an election, especially when those responsible could well be members of the Administration themselves ... These are the reasons I am joining my colleagues in this call for an outside special counsel with bipartisan acceptance and widespread public trust to investigate these leaks."