... May be coming soon thanks to House Republicans. Here's how Politico reports it:
Republicans have a new ultimatum: If Eric Holder doesn’t deliver a trove of Fast and Furious documents to Capitol Hill by mid-June, the House will vote to hold him in contempt of Congress.
A contempt vote would not only represent a dramatic escalation in the long-running investigation into the Fast and Furious gun-walking scandal, it would be a crowd-pleaser for conservatives who believe GOP leaders have been dragging their feet on the aggressive push from Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), the lead investigator, to bring a contempt vote on Holder.
The feet-dragging, in case you're wondering, has owed to election-year anxieties:
A contempt resolution — especially spearheaded by Issa — could be viewed as overly political, coming a mere five months before Election Day. But Republicans in states like Arizona, Texas and South Carolina have been questioned constantly by constituents — thanks to heavy coverage by conservative media outlets — about the GOP investigation.
Perhaps years in exile from the Beltway have dulled my strategic insights, but anxieties about a showdown with Holder generating blowback come November strike me as too clever by half. It's not as if congressional Republicans are embarked on some wild-eyed, thinly-sourced exercise in character assassination, whereby they're trying to establish that Eric Holder murdered Vince Foster just prior to forging Barack Obama's Hawaiian birth certificate.
The Attorney General of the United States and his subordinates in the Justice Department have consistently obstructed efforts by the United States Congress to determine the extent to which incompetence on the behalf of the Executive Branch contributed to the death of innocents, including at least one American citizen. Declaring such conduct unbecoming of the nation's highest law enforcement official is not the sort of task that requires consulting the polls.