Articles of Impeachment Introduced to Oust Attorney General Holder
Thursday, November 14, 2013
A small group of House Republicans plans to introduce articles of impeachment against Attorney General Eric Holder today.
Rep. Pete Olson first called on the House to begin impeachment proceedings against Holder back in August for lying to Congress and refusing to uphold existing laws:
During his tenure as Attorney General, Eric Holder has refused to prosecute IRS officials who admitted targeting Tea Party groups on ideological grounds, allowed a Border Patrol agent to be killed during Operation Fast and Furious, and named a member of the media as a co-conspirator in alleged violations of the Espionage Act while lying about it to Congress.
The House voted to hold Mr. Holder in contempt of Congress last summer, before he committed perjury, and yet he continues to lie and thwart Congressional inquiries to provide the truth to the American people. The Attorney General has failed to ensure that the laws are faithfully executed and has failed to fulfill his oath of office. Since Holder won’t resign, he must be impeached. I urge my colleagues to join me in calling for impeachment proceedings as soon as we return to Washington.
On Wednesday, Olson, who drafted the articles, provided a statement to Reuters:
This was not a decision that I made lightly. Since the House voted in 2012 to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt, the pattern of disregard for the rule of law and refusal to be forthright has only continued.