(National Sentinel) Distractor-in-Chief: The last we heard, the Legislative Branch has constitutional oversight authority — as well as funding authority — over agencies that fall under the Executive Branch.
That would include the Justice Department and any of its subsidiary agencies, like the FBI.
Former Obama Attorney General Eric Holder, he of “Fast and Furious” cover-up fame that led to his being held in contempt of Congress, believes something else.
He thinks that the DoJ and FBI get to tell Congress what members can and cannot see when it comes to documents they have requested.
Last week the House held a couple of hearings as part of the chamber’s ongoing investigation into allegations of law violations that may have occurred during the Obama administration regarding the “Spygate” scandal.
In particular, GOP lawmakers on the House Oversight and Judiciary committees want to know if FISA court surveillance requests were issued improperly or issued based on bogus “intelligence” — such as, say, a fake Russian dossier that was really nothing more than Clinton campaign opposition research (and not very good research at that because none of what’s in the dossier has been proven).
Holder, who — along with his former boss, Barack Obama — has no respect whatsoever for the Constitution, as evidenced by the manner in which he operated while head of the Justice Department, thinks that Republican lawmakers demanding documents related to legitimate investigations have no right to them.
He tweeted on Friday: “The unprecedented disclosure of ongoing investigative material, FISA and national security documents to the complicit and unprincipled House Republicans sets a dangerous precedent and impacts the Mueller inquiry. It must stop. Lines have to be drawn.”
The unprecedented disclosure of ongoing investigative material, FISA and national security documents to the complicit and unprincipled House Republicans sets a dangerous precedent and impacts the Mueller inquiry. It must stop. Lines have to be drawn.
— Eric Holder (@EricHolder) June 29, 2018
This, from a man who became a millionaire working for a law firm that defended 17 terrorists detained at Gitmo and who himself was held in contempt of Congress for refusing to turn over documents related to the Fast and Furious gun-running operation that left several people in Mexico and the U.S. dead, including Border Patrol agent Brian Terry.
So, what exactly is Holder implying here — that congressional oversight is an improper function if the Legislative Branch? Or that it’s not a good thing only because Republicans are in charge?
We think it’s the latter. But what Holder is recommending is outright lawlessness from federal agencies that have the power to destroy anyone in our country, for any reason or, in the case of President Donald Trump and his 2016 campaign associates, no reason whatsoever.
Holder needs to sit back, shut up, and understand that the rule of law has returned to DC with the end of the scandal-plagued administration he was a part of.
At some point, POTUS becomes involved in this. At some point, either Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein complies with Congress’ document demands or POTUS will ensure he’ll pay the price for listening to someone like Eric Holder.
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