Eric Holder's Sizzling Summer; Attorney General on Hot Seat for Probes on Gun-Running, Child Exploitation Funds

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Eric Holder's Sizzling Summer; Attorney General on Hot Seat for Probes on Gun-Running, Child Exploitation Funds


Byline: Lori Handrahan, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

What a week it was in Washington. Summer heat has not yet hit, but steam already is rising from Republicans on the Hill as they express outrage over U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.'s conduct.

Mr. Holder was up on the Hill last week testifying before Congress, again, about the Department of Justice's gun-tracking Fast and Furious operation. There are allegations of lies and obstruction of justice committed by department employees and claims that the attorney general himself is covering for his staff rather than upholding the U.S. Constitution. Mr. Holder's recent testimony caused Rep. Paul A. Gosar, Arizona Republican, to declare Mr. Holder is unfit to be America's attorney general.

Rep. Darrell E. Issa, California Republican, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, hopes to hold Mr. Holder in congressional contempt over his alleged refusal to share information with the American people and Congress about which department officials were involved in this botched program.

Just a mile or so downtown from the Hill, another shoe quietly dropped this week for the attorney general. On Tuesday, Cause of Action, a Washington-based nonprofit dedicated to government accountability, filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for extensive records of Justice's federal funds provided to states - specifically Maine - with the intention of prosecuting child porn perpetrators and keeping America's children safe.

Cause of Action's FOIA states, Internet crimes against children are the fastest-growing crime in the United States. We therefore write seeking information about the U.S. Department of Justice Criminal Divisions' Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section and its funding of Internet Crimes Against Children investigations, specifically as they concern the State of Maine.

After noting the large amount, perhaps millions of dollars, of the department's federal funds going to Maine compared with just seven referrals in one year, Cause of Action's FOIA request states that one is left to wonder what Maine is doing with the federal money it receives. …

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