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December 08, 2011

More Video From Holder Hearing: The Mitchell/McCarthy Exchange

Here's the Mitchell/McCarthy exchange.

The background on this is that Holder is taking the position that because he appointed an Inspector General to look into this matter (someone who is alleged to be covering this up, of course), he does not have to produce any documents created since that appointment (which was in February of this year).

Why? I suppose his claim is that it might interfere with the investigation. But so what? As a commenter said earlier, "Co-equal, motherf***er, do you speak it?"

The fact that the Executive is performing its own investigation (supposedly) does not disburden Holder from his duty to respond to legitimate Congressional inquiries.

And, FYI, this is all a nonsense cover-up; this "independent investigation" was started just so they could start saying "We can't comment on that until our investigation reports back to us on January 25th, 2012."

And while Issa threatened Holder with contempt, there, earlier Sensenbrenner brought up the possibility of a full impeachment hearing-- if that's what it takes to compel documents out of the DoJ.

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