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Tuesday, November 01, 2011

It May be a Big Mistake...

I noticed that within a week after Darrell Issa announced that Attorney-General Eric Holder would appear before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on December 8 to answer questions about Gunwalker, Patrick Leahy asked Holder to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee on November 8--an obvious move to give Democrats a chance to seize the narrative before Issa gets the chance to lambaste him in the House.

No doubt Leahy would like to smooth things out for Holder. But the whole thing may now backfire, and Leahy's move may now be a big mistake.

With Holder under increasing fire from Republicans to resign, and with the latest documents from the DOJ showing that he lied to Congress, it will be difficult if not impossible for Leahy to contain the outrage of Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee, whose voices may well drown out whatever support Holder may get from the Democrats who control the chamber.

But to be fair, it may also be a mistake for Republicans to demand Holder's resignation. They should be demanding his prosecution. Illegal acts have been committed by the Department of Justice, and those acts deserve to be punished. This includes Holder.

Just my two cents, for what it is worth...

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