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Chairman Smith Releases Report on DOJ's Disregard of the Constitution

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Congressman Lamar Smith (TX-21) today released a report on the U.S. Justice Department's disregard of the Constitution and rule of law. As Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Congressman Smith is leading efforts to oversee Attorney General Eric Holder and the Justice Department. Rather than enforce the law and uphold the Constitution, the Obama administration has placed partisanship above the rule of law.

Chairman Smith: "The Justice Department has a responsibility to enforce the laws of the land and protect the Constitution. Of all federal agencies, the Justice Department should not be motivated by a partisan agenda. Unfortunately, under this Administration, the Justice Department has become more partisan than ever.

"The Obama administration has ignored the constitutional balance of power between co-equal branches of government and blocked investigations of its actions. When the Administration doesn't like a law, they refuse to enforce it. And if the Senate's constitutional authority to approve political appointees gets in their way, the Administration ignores the Constitution.

"All government officials are bound by the limits of the Constitution and the rule of law, including the President and the Attorney General. Unfortunately, this Administration continues to put a partisan agenda ahead of the Constitution and the rule of law."

The report outlines high profile examples of how the Justice Department has ignored the Constitution in order to impose the Administration's partisan agenda on the American people. From blocking investigations of Operation Fast & Furious and Justice Elena Kagan's involvement in Obamacare to refusing to enforce and defend certain laws, the Attorney General has allowed a partisan agenda to guide the Justice Department's decisions.

Chairman Smith announced that he has called Attorney General Eric Holder to testify before the Judiciary Committee on June 7, 2012, to answer for the Administration's actions.


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