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Impeach Holder? A group of House Republicans is pursuing the idea

Posted Nov 14, 2013 9:52 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Eleven Republican lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives plan to seek the impeachment of Attorney General Eric Holder in a resolution to be introduced on Thursday.

The group has drafted four articles of impeachment, report the Hill’s Briefing Room blog, Politico, Reuters and the Atlantic Wire. The group’s leader is U.S. Rep. Pete Olson of Texas, who says more lawmakers may be on board by the time the measure is introduced.

The first article cites Holder’s refusal to comply with congressional subpoenas relating to the botched gun-tracking program, Operation Fast and Furious.

Another article says Holder failed to enforce multiple laws, including some drug laws and the Defense of Marriage Act, later struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court. A third cites the failure to prosecute any employees of the Internal Revenue Service accused of showing bias in their handling of tax-exempt applications by conservative groups. And the fourth contends Holder misled Congress about his knowledge of an investigation of a Fox News reporter in a probe of classified leaks.

A Justice Department spokesperson declined comment. Politico spoke with former Holder aide Matthew Miller, now a communications consultant, for his take on the news. “I can’t believe they didn’t include Benghazi and the Black Panthers because this is a list of every other Republican bugaboo and conspiracy theory,” he said.

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