House Republicans officially drafted articles of impeachment against Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday, arguing that he has lied to Congress and failed to uphold federal law.
Texas Rep. Pete Olson said drafting the articles was not a decision he made on a whim, and takes the action seriously.
“The American people deserve answers and accountability,” Olson said. “If the attorney general refuses to provide answers, then Congress must take action.”
The first of many articles, co-sponsored by 10 Republicans, is based on “Operation Fast and Furios”. The operation attempted to build a case against major gun traffickers who supplied the Mexican drug cartel, though no attempt was made to actually prosecute suppliers.
When two of those firearms were found at the site of a shooting that killed U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry, the operation was revealed to the public.
Holder refused to reveal documents about the operation to the House, and House Republicans have since sued for them.
The remaining issues of impeachment include Holder’s decision not to enforce laws of same-sex marriage, not to enforce prison sentences for certain drug crimes, and not to prosecute an Internal Revenue Service official for targeting conservative politicians.
The Justice Department has yet to respond to the House’s request for an impeachment.