Via CNN, h/t Sipsey Street:
With the threat of a contempt charge hanging over Attorney General Eric Holder, 14 civil rights, labor, and liberal activist groups Tuesday urged Speaker of the House John Boehner not to proceed to a contempt vote.Of course, the letter to Boehner was only signed by fourteen of the many groups that make up the Leadership Conference. Conspicuously absent from the list of signatories on this particular letter were Hispanic groups that are part of the Conference. Why? Because hundreds of Hispanics have been murdered as a direct result of Fast and Furious.
The organizations which are closely allied with the Obama administration charged that to hold the attorney general in contempt for failing to turn over demanded documents on the "fast and furious" investigation "seems to be a rush to judgment intended to create a stain on the office of the attorney general."
The two-page letter, written by the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights repeats the claims made by the Justice Department in refusing to provide sensitive internal law enforcement documents. The organizations said Holder has already turned over the disputed documents to the inspector general for his ongoing investigation into the flawed gun-smuggling operation. "They reportedly include law enforcement information, grand jury transcripts, and other information that would compromise ongoing investigations and prosecutions," the letter said.
Here is an excerpt from the letter to Boehner:
To put it simply, the attempt to cite General Holder for contempt seems to be a rush to judgment intended to create a stain on the office of the Attorney General. It is contributing to an environment of accusatory vitriol and malignant suspicion that is both unwarranted and a significant distraction at a time when the Attorney General needs to focus on the nation’s core problems. The harshness of the attacks themselves is misplaced, and to the extent these attacks are intended to divert the Attorney General from the vigorous enforcement of the nation's laws—including those protecting civil rights, voting rights, disability rights, and other core concerns—we are deeply troubled. We are concerned that the contempt threat is intended to create a hostile environment aimed at pressuring the Attorney General to resign.In case you'd like to get a taste for what fine, upstanding
- American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
- American Association for Affirmative Action
- American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee
- Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN)
- Hip Hop caucus (yes, the Hip Hop caucus)
- American Islamic Congress
- Amnesty International
- Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF)
- National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEAO)
- La Raza
- Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC)
What will Boehner do?