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Nancy Pelosi said at her press conference yesterday that the real reason Republicans are going after Eric Holder isn't Fast and Furious, but because he is enforcing laws against voter suppression. And you know, she's got a good point!
“I’m telling you, this is connected,” Pelosi said. “It is no accident. It is a decision and it is as clear as can be. It’s not only to monopolize his time, it’s to undermine his name. To undermine his name, undermine his name, as he goes forward to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
In case you haven’t followed Fast and Furious, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista, is leading that investigation, which found that U.S. agents allowed guns into the hands of Mexican drug lords for the purpose of better tracking them. The House plans a vote next week to hold Holder in contempt of Congress after President Obama claimed executive privilege on the documents.
Pelosi’s office issued the following elaboration, referring to Bush administration firings of seven U.S. attorneys in 2006:
“The Miers-Bolton/US Attorneys matter involved White House staff and their efforts to subvert justice by firing conservative, Republican US Attorneys for not pursuing bogus voting fraud cases. This is directly related to current Republican efforts to impede AG Holder from pursuing efforts to prohibit Republican efforts to subvert voting rights. This shows an ongoing effort by Republicans to deprive people of the right to vote dating back at least to 2007.
“–On March 14, 2007, Counselor to the President Dan Bartlett explained that one reason for the firing of the U.S. Attorneys in New Mexico, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania was ‘lax voter-fraud investigations.’
“–On April 13, 2007, DOJ turned over more documents to the Senate Judiciary Committee that were subsequently revealed to include the name of the U.S. Attorney for eastern Wisconsin who had brought at least a dozen cases against Republican contributors or individuals with party ties and who declined to pursue allegations of Democratic voter fraud.”