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Rep. Issa: 'Fast and Furious' Docs' Will Show AG Holder Obstructed Justice

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By    |   Thursday, 08 March 2018 12:46 PM

The release of documents related to the Obama-era "Fast and Furious" scandal will show that former Attorney General Eric Holder "systematically obstructed justice" for refusing to release the documents to Congress, Rep. Darrell Issa said Thursday.

Issa, R-Calif., had chaired the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in 2012, when Holder refused to turn over the documents, and remains on the committee.

"I think it will show Eric Holder was very involved in the obstruction of justice," he told Fox News' "America's Newsroom" co-host Sandra Smith Thursday.

"He had an active role, texting, emailing, helping people figure out not to deliver to Congress what we want and are lawfully entitled to."

On Wednesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the Justice Department will give the Oversight committee documents related to the "Fast and Furious" scandal, according to CNSnews.com.

His announcement came after six years of litigation after the Obama administration would not hand over all the documents the committee had subpoenaed.

Holder was the first Cabinet member held under contempt of Congress when he would not release the documents from the case, which involved allowing guns bought in the United States to be taken into Mexico in hopes of tracking them to Mexican drug and crime cartels.

Issa said the new search will allow his congressional committee to get some of the answers that have been sought for years, including in the case of Brian Terry, the border guard who was murdered in 2010 with one of the guns used in the gunwalking scheme.

"Eric Holder has systematically obstructed justice to the family and the American people and personally lied to me about the documents that were fully compliant with our request, claiming it was only 200 and something when thousands have been delivered," said Issa.

"A new search will allow us to get some of what we requested for in the beginning."

However, there are some who are still obstructing Sessions even now, as there are people with the DOJ who "do not want the same thing the American people want," said Issa.

Issa said the Trump administration has negotiated about the papers in "good faith," while Congress wants an appellate court decision that makes it clear that no president of either party "could ever again defy Congress the way [President] Barack Obama did."

The appellate court decision wasn't achieved, but the documents were released, and that shows the difference between the legislative and executive branches of the government, said Issa.

"The executive branch is maintaining the ability, theoretically, to do the same thing again and obstruct Congress for years," he said.

"Having said that, we have good decisions at the lower court that we believe in the long run will help Congress when we do these investigations again, regardless of party and the administration was very forthcoming. I found them reasonable to work with. Both of us got more than we wanted and in a reasonably timely fashion."

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Rep. Darrell Issa said Thursday the release of documents related to the Obama-era "Fast and Furious" scandal will show that former Attorney General Eric Holder "systematically obstructed justice" for refusing to release the documents to Congress.
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