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Rep. Issa Brings His Anti-Holder Witchhunt To The Courts

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For nearly two years, House Oversight Chair Darrell Issa has been trying to use a series of deeply misguided “gunrunning” operations that began in 2006 under President George W. Bush in an unsuccessful effort to embarrass Attorney General Eric Holder politically. Issa eventually pressured a reluctant House Republican leadership to allow a vote on his measure to hold Holder in contempt of Congress, although the House leadership buried the vote on the same day that the Supreme Court handed down the Affordable Care Act case when it was likely to have no impact whatsoever on the newscycle. Today, Issa took this seemingly endless campaign for attention to the federal courts, filing a lawsuit seeking to force Holder to disclose documents that the Justice Department says are either subject to executive privilege or concern ongoing law enforcement actions that are not subject to congressional subpoena.