Congressman Joe Walsh (IL-08) released the following statement after the House of Representative's counsel today filed a formal civil suit against US Attorney General Eric Holder. The House voted in favor to hold the Attorney General in contempt on June 28, 2012, after he failed to produce numerous subpoenaed documents in Operation Fast & Furious.
"Attorney General Holder has had numerous chances to do the right thing," said Walsh. "It is unfortunate that we have had to turn to the courts, but the House of Representatives is going to use whatever options we have to obtain the answers Brian Terry's family, the Mexican citizens who lost their lives, and the whistleblowers who came forward deserve.
"We would not need to waste time and taxpayer money in the courts if Attorney General Holder would simply stop hiding behind Presidential decrees and silence. Every action the House takes is one more that could be avoided if the Attorney General would simply face the families and the American people by turning over the subpoenaed documents. And there's still time for Attorney General Holder to do the right thing, but we will not go away. Ignoring the House is not the answer for Attorney General Holder."
Walsh has been a vocal critic of Holder's handling of Operation Fast & Furious, and sits on the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. In November, Walsh led a letter with 39 of his colleagues calling for Attorney General Holder's immediate resignation and was one of the first to urge Committee Chairman Darrell Issa to hold Attorney General Holder in contempt.