Republicans Move to Impeach Eric Holder

Thursday, 07 Nov 2013 11:48 AM

By Courtney Coren

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House Republicans are drafting a resolution to impeach Attorney General Eric Holder and impeachment proceedings could begin in a matter of weeks, according to rookie Republican Rep. Ted Yoho of Florida.

"It will be before the end of the year," Yoho said at a town hall meeting in Chiefland, Fla Tuesday night, the Ocala Star Banner reported. "It will be before the end of the year. This will go to the speaker and the speaker will decide if it comes up or not."

Omar Raschid, spokesman for Yoho, confirmed with Roll Call that a resolution is being put together, but that it is not coming out of the Florida congressman's office. He would not say which member is taking the lead, but said Yoho will be involved in the effort.

House Speaker John Boehner's office would not comment on what the Ohio Republican knew about the resolution. Neither would the offices of other congressional members who are known to be Holder critics, Roll Call reported.

Frustration has grown with Holder over Operation Fast and Furious and the wiretapping of Associated Press phone calls by the Justice Department.

In June, the House voted 255-67 to hold the attorney general in contempt after Holder refused to give Fast and Furious documents to Republican Rep. Darrell Issa of California, who is chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform committee.

Holder has said the botched gun running program in which firearms purchased in America were found in Mexico was overseen by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. However, he refused to hand over Justice Department documents that were subpoenaed by Issa.

Issa said that the refusal to turn over documents is "clearly a cover-up." 

According to Issa, the Justice Department is also withholding documents about who knew about the AP wiretapping operation.

Roll Call noted that while there is a long list of lawmakers who would like to see Holder removed from office, it may be harder to get lawmakers actually to support impeachment. It will take support from establishment Republican leaders such as Judiciary Chairman Robert Goodlatte of Virginia.

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