Quayle to House Leadership: "Too Little, Too Late" on Holder Letter

Statement

By:  Ben Quayle
Date: May 18, 2012
Location: Washington, DC

Congressman Ben Quayle released the following statement after members of House leadership sent a letter today to Attorney General Eric Holder asking him to comply with previous Congressional subpoenas and end the Justice Department's obstruction on the issue of "Operation Fast and Furious". Yesterday, Congressman Quayle and five other Republican Freshmen on the House Judiciary Committee sent a letter to House leadership asking for immediate action on a resolution to hold Attorney General Holder in contempt of Congress.

"While I'm pleased to see that the pressure I and others have exerted on House leadership to take action to end Eric Holder's obstruction has led to today's letter, this is simply too little, too late. Congress has asked nicely for Justice Department cooperation on this issue too many times. Throughout it all, Attorney General Holder has continued to make demonstrably false and contradictory statements, has blocked the release of thousands of pages of subpoenaed documents, and refused to take any accountability on himself or others for this tragedy.

"The time has come to recognize the obvious: Attorney General Eric Holder has not and will not cooperate with this Congressional investigation. He has had many chances to do the right thing, and has refused each time. I stand by my demand for an immediate vote on a resolution of contempt on the House floor. The families of Agent Brian Terry and hundreds of others, deserve answers on why the weapons that killed them were allowed into the hands of murderous cartels by America's Department of Justice. It's time for action."