Representative James Lankford (R-OK) issued the following statement after this morning's announcement by Darrell Issa, Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, of a June 20th hearing to bring Contempt of Congress charges against Attorney General Eric Holder.
The Committee will consider a report recommending that the House of Representatives find Attorney General Eric Holder in Contempt of Congress for refusal to comply with a subpoena regarding the "Fast and Furious" scandal.
"I am glad that Chairman Issa and Speaker Boehner have decided to proceed with holding the Attorney General in Contempt of Congress," said Lankford. "Attorney General Holder has failed to meet his legal obligations pursuant to the subpoena issued on October 12th, 2011. As a member of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, I have seen first-hand the stall tactics implemented by the Department of Justice, as they slow-walk the documents we have required. As the Committee continues to demand the information surrounding Fast and Furious, my goal is to answer the following questions:
1) Who at the Department of Justice authorized the Fast and Furious actions?
2) When did they authorize these actions?
3) Who was in charge of overseeing the operations? and
4) Why were they allowed to continue?
"The Attorney General has failed to thoroughly answer these questions, as he demonstrated before the House Committee on the Judiciary last Thursday," continued Lankford. "We must get to the bottom of this situation for the Terry family and the American people in order to make sure this type of operation and loose oversight never occurs again. Administrative misconduct cannot be allowed to take place without accountability. The Department of Justice has refused to turn over the requested documents on the grounds that they show internal deliberations, and the House of Representatives has been forced to act.
"The American people and the House of Representatives are not fooled by the Department's stall tactics. I look forward to seeing the investigation through, and I will push to make any corrections necessary to right the wrongs made by ATF," concluded Lankford.