Contempt of Congress Charges Drafted for Eric Holder

Katie Pavlich

4/27/2012 7:00:00 AM - Katie Pavlich

It's on.

For nearly a year now, we've heard threats of contempt charges against Attorney General Eric Holder for his refusal to provide the House Oversight Committee with requested information and documents about the fatal Operation Fast and Furious program. The Justice Department has repeatedly ignored subpoenas, the White House has refused to provide key Fast and Furious witnesses and the information DOJ officials have submitted to Congress, has been so redacted, Issa describes them as "black paper" instead of white paper.

Now, members of the House Oversight Committee are tired of being patient and are ready to hold Holder accountable. A 48-page contempt citation has been drafted and House Speaker John Boehner is fully onboard with supporting the move. So what's next? The LA Times has the scoop:

If adopted by the GOP-led House, the contempt resolution would be sent to the U.S. attorney's office in Washington or perhaps an independent counsel in an attempt to force the Justice Department to provide tens of thousands of internal documents to the committee.

UPDATE: Boehner not onboard with charges.

UPDATE II: Rep. Trey Gowdy, "Holder will comply." From Dave Workman.