House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R Calif.) obtained portions of sealed wiretap applications relating to the botched gun tracking operation known as “Fast and Furious” from anonymous sources.
“The committee expects to file the civil contempt suit against the attorney general Monday,” a Republican source said.
It was formed after Watergate by then head of the Criminal Division Dick Thornburgh, who ultimately became Attorney General.
The suit will be filed in the federal district court for the District of Columbia.
He reversed plans to hold terror trials in New York City, and House Republicans held him in contempt over the Fast and Furious scandal.
On June 28, the House voted to hold Holder in contempt of Congress and authorized the Oversight panel to bring suit to enforce its rights.
In Fast and Furious, agents for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives allowed assault guns to “walk,” which meant ending surveillance on weapons suspected to be en route to Mexican drug cartels.
The tactic, which was intended to allow agents to track criminal networks by finding the guns at crime scenes, was condemned after two guns that were part of the operation were found at Border Patrol agent Brian Terry’s murder scene.
In the most recent conflict between Congress and the president over a Congressional subpoena, Democrats’ and Republicans’ roles were reversed.
The Democratic led House held two White House aides, Harriet Miers and Josh Bolten, in contempt of Congress for refusing to comply with subpoenas issued to the George W.
After the House held Miers and Bolten in contempt, the Judiciary Committee sued the two aides in federal district court.
In a past subpoena dispute between Congress and the executive branch, a federal judge ordered the executive branch to turn over the disputed documents.
In March 2009, a year after the suit was filed, Miers and Karl Rove, who had also become ensnared in a separate contempt proceeding, agreed to testify behind closed doors to the House Judiciary Committee.
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