Democrats are finally coming on board the investigation into the Fast and Furious gun running scandal because they know it involves fraud, Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., tells Newsmax TV.
Gosar, a member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, has been one of those leading the charge in calling for the resignation of Attorney General Eric Holder. So far only Republicans have called for Holder to quit, but this week a handful of Democrats expressed their concern at his refusal to hand over thousands of pages of documents in response to a House subpoena.
Gosar said Democrats are starting to shift “because they know this is fraud,” adding, “Last year ... there were 30-something Democrats that petitioned the president and Attorney General Holder to come forward with all these documents do we could have this organized discussion because they had grave misgivings about Fast and Furious.
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"That’s why I have such a big problem here. I want to know why everybody is silent on this.
“Where are the Hispanics, the Hispanic Caucus, the people across here that look at people’s rights and liberties? The people of Mexico have lost over 300 citizens. This is rampant down there and we just facilitated that, plus all the crimes against the people of Arizona, plus our law enforcement in Arizona that will be implicated by this.
"It’s about time," added Gosar. "People understand, the other side, the Democratic caucus, does understand that there is a problem here and that the American people want justice and they want to have the transparency they they’re entitled to.”
Gosar will lead a “special order” session on the House floor on June 7 to allow members to voice their concerns about Fast and Furious, a scheme that allowed thousands of guns to fall into the hands of violent Mexican drug cartels. The session was originally to have been held this week but has been postponed as several congressmen were unable to be present.
Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was killed Dec. 14, 2010 with guns linked to the scheme and hundreds of crimes have been committed on both sides of the border with weapons that were supposed to be traced so they would lead federal agents to drug lords.
“What we’re trying to do is to get the American people engaged in what is just an outrageous, egregious procedure that actually cost Brian Terry his life," said Gosar. "Over 300 Mexicans have lost their lives in a total debunk of the way we do justice and proper detective work.”
Gosar said it was time to move forward with contempt proceedings against Holder because it is clear that the Justice Department is not prepared to provide any more information to congressional investigators.
“I say get it on,” he said. “I think it’s time that we proceed now ASAP.
"I’m from Arizona. We are living with the consequences and we will live with the consequences of this horrible, tragic program, and we need to have answers and make sure that we hold people accountable for those actions, make sure it never happens again.”
In order to bring contempt proceedings against Holder for failure to produce requested documents, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, chaired by Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., would first have to vote to approve such a move. The measure would then have to be taken up by the full House. If approved, the matter would then be forwarded to the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia.
On other aspects of the investigation, Gosar said:
- Knowledge of Fast and Furious went to the highest levels of government. “I think everybody expects that in America that when we have an operation that’s orchestrated like this, that there was keen oversight from everybody at a cabinet-level position;”
- There has “been a staggering (number) of misleadings” from the administration. “What we’ve got so far is that we’ve got some outright lying of the upper level DOJ to Congress and what we need to do is make sure that we’re holding people accountable.”
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