Will Attorney General Eric Holder be impeached? Rep. Pete Olson (R-TX) has introduced an Articles of Impeachment resolution against Holder for his role in Operation Fast and Furious, in addition to other scandals of President Barack Obama’s administration. Seven other Republican congressman have also signed onto the resolution.
The impeachment resolution has four specific sections that justify the decision to remove Holder from office. He has been voted into both criminal and civil contempt of Congress for his failure to comply with the Fast and Furious subpoenas from House Committee on Oversight. He has also refused to enforce the Defense of Marriage Act, the Controlled Substances Act and the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1986. Holder also reportedly refused to prosecute IRS officials involved in the “scandal of unauthorized disclosure of tax records belonging to political donors.”
However, the biggest grievance against Holder involves his targeting of reporters. The Impeachment resolution reports that despite Holder claiming he had not “heard of a potential prosecution of the press,” his Department of Justice later named journalist James Rosen “as a co-conspirator in an alleged violation of the Espionage Act” and confirmed to Congress that he had approved a search warrant on him.
In June 2012, the Oversight Committee found that Holder was in contempt of Congress for not releasing documents that the committee had requested. It remains unclear when, or if, an impeachment trial on Holder would take place.