By Jonathan Strong, Roll Call
Freshman Rep. Ben Quayle (R-Ariz.) today said a new effort by Speaker John Boehner (Ohio) and other GOP leaders to prod the Obama administration into releasing Department of Justice documents is â€œtoo little, too late.â€ Quayle said the House should move quickly to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress.
Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor (Va.) Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (Calif.) and Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa (Calif.) sent a letter to Holder today demanding the release of more documents related to â€œOperation Fast and Furious,â€ a botched gun-smuggling investigation.
But Quayle, who is engaged in a competitive Republican primary in the border state of Arizona, dismissed the letter as prolonging the inevitable.
â€œThe time has come to recognize the obvious: Attorney General Eric Holder has not and will not cooperate with this Congressional investigation. He has had many chances to do the right thing, and has refused each time,â€ Quayle said. â€œItâ€™s time for action.â€
At issue is Issaâ€™s investigation of Fast and Furious, a 2010 program by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. In the operation, ATF agents allowed guns to â€œwalk,â€ which meant ending surveillance on high-powered weapons suspected to be en route to Mexican drug cartels.
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