Via CBS News:
WASHINGTON - Today, the House Oversight Committee held a hearing to explore whether Congress has the right to hold the Justice Department in contempt in the so-called ATF "gunwalker" investigation.Day 2 of the hearings will be on Wednesday and will feature ATF agents, including the whistleblower that exposed the entire scandal - John Dodson. Also testifying will be members of deceased Border Agent Brian Terry's family. Terry's death is what ultimately motivated Dodson to come forward back in March. He said when he found out two of the guns found at Terry's murder scene were guns the ATF let 'walk' into Mexico, he could remain silent no longer.
Experts indicated the Justice Department should probably be more forthcoming when responding to the document requests from Congress. They said Congress has the right to resort to contempt proceedings, but that the document tug-of-war between the co-equal branches of government is not unusual.
In this case, it's getting heated. Chairman of the House Oversight Committee, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-CA, has said more subpoenas are forthcoming. He accuses the Justice Department of withholding documents after a subpoena he issued to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF); which is under the Justice Department's jurisdiction.
In the hearings yesterday, ranking member Elijah Cummings (D) twice referred to Brian Terry as "Brian Kelly." Interestingly, he is defending the refusal of DOJ and ATF to turnover any documents. Hopefully, Cummings doesn't make the same mistake in front of Terry's family on Wednesday.
Here is a video news report from Fox that aired shortly before Day 1's testimony. It does a good job of explaining why these hearings are different than most.
h/t Sipsey Street