Holder to Face Contempt of Congress Today
June 20, 2012 • 8:12AM

Despite the fact that House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa had told Attorney General Eric Holder that he must deliver documents outlined and offered by the Department of Justice last Thursday to the the committee staff by Tuesday at noon so that the committee could evaluate the documents before a 5 p.m. meeting, Holder did not deliver any documents. Instead, he showed up at the meeting at 5 p.m. empty-handed.

At the meeting, which lasted a mere 20 minutes, instead of handing over the documents, Holder took the position, as he stated after the meeting, that he would hand over documents only on the condition that Issa agreed in advance that the delivery of said documents would result in a final resolution of all of the documents subpoenaed by the committee.

Holder told the press that the committee had rejected this proposal and that now the ball is in their court.

In a statement following the meeting, Issa said: "I had hoped that after this evening's meeting I would be able to tell you that the Department had delivered documents that would justify the postponement of tomorrow's vote on contempt. Today, the Attorney General informed us that the Department would not be producing those documents. The only offer they made involved us ending our investigation. While I still hope the Department will reconsider its decision so tomorrow's vote can be postponed, after this meeting, I cannot say that I am optimistic. At this point, we simply do not have the documents we have repeatedly said we need to justify the postponement of a contempt vote in committee."