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August 22, 2014

House Republicans Could Impeach Eric Holder

“Republicans in the House of Representatives plan to introduce articles of impeachment against Attorney General Eric Holder…in the hopes of removing a cabinet member they say has lied to Congress as well as failed to uphold federal law,” according to Reuters.

“According to an outline, the first article is based on ‘Operation Fast and Furious’ a bungled attempt to build cases against major gun traffickers who supplied firearms to Mexican drug cartels, while electing not to immediately prosecute low-level traffickers even as they bought 2,000 potentially illegal guns.”

“The other impeachment articles rest on issues that have raised conservatives’ ire in recent years, including Holder’s decisions not to enforce laws on same-sex marriage, on prison sentences for certain drug crimes and not to prosecute an official in the Internal Revenue Service for targeting conservative political activists.”

The Atlantic Wire: “It’s still not clear whether Speaker John Boehner will endorse the plan and let it move forward through the House. For the record, the 1876 House impeachment of Secretary of War William Belknap was the last time a cabinet member was successfully impeached by the House.”

  • Berkshire_Boy

    Obama’s poll numbers are down right now and the Dems are taking a hit over Obamacare, but this will be a gift to the Dems if the GOP goes after Holder this way. It reinforces a very negative impression of the GOP with the Dem base. The first Black AG is going to be impeached by a largely white House GOP over “Fast and Furious” and for refusing to enforce a clearly unconstitutional law, DOMA, etc? Good luck with that. If Boehner has half a brain, doubtful, he will bury this idiocy quickly and quietly.

  • sandbun

    Sadly for the wrong reasons. Though given the left’s dissatisfaction with Holder, I’m curious how much the Dems will protect him.

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