An Arizona congressman became the latest to push for U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s impeachment.
In listing the litany of reasons Holder needs to go, Republican U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar named his refusal to comply with Operation Fast and Furious subpoenas; his lies to Congress about the Justice Department’s investigation of Fox News reporter James Rosen; his failure to enforce federal laws such as the Defense of Marriage Act and Controlled Substances Act; and his failure to prosecute Internal Revenue Service employees for illegally targeting conservative groups, the Washington Times reported.
Gosar says he had finally seen enough when news broke that Holder was allowing immigrants to be transferred from Texas to Arizona, violating federal regulations on how illegals are to be transported from one port to another.
“The attorney general is the caretaker of the Constitution as well as the rule of law,” Gosar said, according to the Times. “He’s to uphold them all, and he’s choosing not to.”
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Gosar last week became the 29th congressman to sign articles of impeachment against the attorney general. Before the issue can come for a vote, 51 percent of House members must sign on.
“There’s a total disregard for the rule of law,” Gosar told the Times. “We can’t sit idly by here as we see the Constitution and justice being defamed right and left at the whim of the attorney general.”
Democratic House members say efforts to impeach Holder amount to little more than grandstanding, but constitutional scholars say there’s a case to be made.
The Constitution allows Congress to impeach “civil officers of the United States” for what it defines as “high crimes and misdemeanors,” according to Article II Section 4. Malfeasance and a violation of the public trust are often cited as reasons for impeachment.
“This is about a winning strategy” for Republicans going forward, said Gosar, who led the successful 2010 charge to find Holder guilty of contempt. “Americans are afraid, and they’re angry. They don’t understand why the rule of law is being usurped.”
Many members of both parties seem reluctant to join the fray, but Gosar is undeterred.
“This is an issue to be brought up in election cycles because we need to know how everybody stands,” he said. “Elections have consequences.”
Watch part of Gosar’s indictment here, via the Washington Times.
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