Eric Holder's latest Fast and Furious problem
Rep. Trey Gowdy sounds off
- Duration 5:11
- Date Jun 17, 2012
Rep. Trey Gowdy sounds off
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On Friday the chairman of the congressional oversight and Government Reform Committee -- I said -- he's willing to postpone a contempt of congress vote against Eric with polar.
Providing that the attorney general turns over the additional fast and furious documents that he promised.
Now this is after the attorney general -- -- a letter on Thursday.
Asking for a meeting to reach a compromise.
On offer that holder calls an extraordinary deal.
I says says he's still concerned that the Justice Department is not gonna deliver enough documents in this committee's investigation.
Another committee member with concerns -- South Carolina congressman -- -- and he joins me now congress and good to have you here thank you for being.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- There's a lot of pressure on Eric Holder right now do you think that he is making any offer at all.
Because of the extraordinary pressure that members of congress including you.
Are putting on an.
Among among many limitations governor I can't read other people's motives I can't.
Judge their -- I know this this is -- going -- sixteen or eighteen months.
We haven't seen much of a willingness on his -- to negotiate or compromise or make what he calls an extraordinary accommodation.
What I said earlier maybe a couple weeks ago as soon as David Axelrod tells the president that -- quarter is a drag going to or re election.
Dead air quarter will be gone.
-- torture opening monologue was beautiful it it was beautiful to me because you talk so -- point demeans the very most and they.
This is not a political exercise to me -- not smaller and often don't have the interest in.
Weighing whether or not he's a political liability to the president visceral it's about a woman who carries a set a scales and -- so -- And wears a blindfold.
And that to Portland is not just -- no other political department to me.
Respect for the rule walls the foundation of our Republican if we lose that.
We're not gonna make it so it's far and -- ball.
Congressman you were a former prosecutor what other I guess fundamental things that a prosecutor does is try to get all the information in the facts.
Do you believe.
That there is a reason that the attorney general's withholding -- looks like he wanna come forth with his many documents that might clear.
Not only him -- clear his department.
That's what -- central Nelson there must be something in -- doctor -- doesn't want us to say because of today.
Six gold plated him if they cleared him he would have given -- months ago.
They're two main levels of inquiry number one Howell.
A -- program us but there is fundamentally flawless fast and furious ever -- been -- bombing justice.
That's point number ones would you get answers for Brian Terry's family.
-- for your viewers and and for congress point to is there was a demonstrably false letter written on pay more in the fourth 2000 a lot of which was calculated to mislead congress they denied the tactic of going walking.
Ten months later they withdrew that letter which is really unprecedented governor to have.
The Department of Justice have to concede that a letter -- sent to congress was fundamentally misleading.
How wanna know how a letter that fundamentally flawed -- misleading ever could have been drafted.
By an apartment that's supposed to be about just.
Us right now there is a vote scheduled for Wednesday.
On -- contempt of congress charges facing the attorney general.
Do you think there's any thing that he can do -- will keep that vote from taking place and if so what.
Sure -- can give us the documents how how much -- -- interested in compromise or negotiations I don't like.
So so we're not gonna be senate -- congressman with with just him getting ovaries given 7000 out of a 140000.
Would you you're gonna see insist either a 140000 give -- all are you gonna push -- -- the vote.
I am and I'll tell you why governor -- it if if our original request was a legitimate that we shouldn't be talking about contempt for congress in the first place if our original request was legitimate then he needs to daughter of the requests.
This is not a bridge -- -- -- We're not haggling over the price of -- -- score.
We have a dead Border Patrol agent hundreds of dead Mexican citizens I false letter sent to look committee congress and thousands of weapons what America's fingerprints on it.
-- -- Mexican drug cartels I wanna know how what happened I'm not interested and haggling or extraordinary accommodation.
Or plea bargaining -- -- the documents if we were wrong to ask for the documents and so when he's a good one your show and say we -- we asked for more that we were entitled to.
But absent that and I'm convinced we did not he -- still fully comply this is not a political -- He -- still fully complies -- if that happens that I'm sure the chairman -- col off.
The vote but which then gets to the point of whether or not we're gonna sanction him a role for twelve months of -- speculation -- And as you noted your opening monologue with holding.
Congressman thank you very much -- pleasure to -- here in thanks for the strong standards he's taken.
On behalf of all citizens who simply want the truth thank you.
And you do thank you can.