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

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Calls on AG Eric Holder to Testify

Congressman Lamar Smith has released a report documenting the U.S. Justice Department's disregard of the Constitution and rule of law.

"Instead of enforcing the law and upholding the Constitution, the Obama administration is putting partisanship above the rule of law," Smith said. "Attorney General Holder and the Justice Department have 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. But under this Administration and this Attorney General, the Justice Department has become more partisan than ever."

As Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Congressman Smith is leading efforts to oversee Attorney General Eric Holder and the AG's operation of the Justice Department.

"The Obama administration has ignored the constitutional balance of power between co-equal branches of government and blocked investigations of its actions," Smith said. "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.
Chairman Smith's report outlines numerous 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.

Congressman 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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