Lawmakers Introduce Articles of Impeachment Targeting AG Holder

By:  Alex Newman
Lawmakers Introduce Articles of Impeachment Targeting AG Holder

Republican lawmakers formally introduced Articles of Impeachment against Attorney General Eric Holder, who stands accused of multiple high crimes and misdemeanors.


A coalition of Republican lawmakers formally introduced Articles of Impeachment against Obama’s disgraced Attorney General Eric Holder (shown in photo), who stands accused of perpetrating multiple high crimes and misdemeanors. The widely anticipated measure to force the Justice Department boss into early retirement — and potentially open him up to criminal prosecution for contempt of Congress — argues that Holder refused to comply with congressional subpoenas on “Fast and Furious” gun-running, lied under oath to lawmakers about targeting journalists, has failed to uphold his oath of office, and more.   

Introduced by Rep. Pete Olson (R-Texas) late last week, the measure outlines a litany of crimes allegedly committed by the Obama administration’s chief law enforcement officer. According to news reports, at least 20 other GOP lawmakers have signed on so far. Before the Articles of Impeachment were introduced, over 130 members of Congress had also joined a resolution calling on Holder to step down from his post. That measure came in the wake of a successful, bi-partisan push to hold the attorney general in civil and criminal contempt, the latter being punishable by jail time. 

“For nearly five years, we have witnessed Mr. Holder repeatedly deceive Congress and degrade the credibility of the Justice Department in the eyes of the American people,” lawmakers wrote in a memo cited in media reports. “Last year, the House of Representatives took the unprecedented step of holding Mr. Holder in contempt of Congress, making him the first sitting cabinet official ever to hold this distinction.” For now, the attorney general has escaped prosecution because the Justice Department he leads refuses to prosecute its own boss.

However, in the memo, lawmakers argue that the lawlessness has only continued, and that Congress and the American people can no longer tolerate it. “Unfortunately, Mr. Holder has continued to act in a manner unbefitting of a cabinet official; he has failed to perform his constitutional duties and violated the law on a number of occasions,” a group of resolution co-sponsors wrote. “The House of Representatives should not stand by as he continues to undermine the office of Attorney General.”

The resolution includes four separate articles that lawmakers say merit impeachment of the attorney general on behalf of Congress and the American people. “Eric H. Holder, Jr., Attorney General of the United States, is guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors and should be removed from office and disqualified to hold and enjoy any office of honor, trust, or profit under the United States,” the resolution says after outlining each specific allegation. If the House votes to impeach, Holder must also be convicted by the Senate.

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Photo of Attorney General Eric Holder: AP Images

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