Issa asks official to testify on long-awaited ‘Fast and Furious’ report

{mosads}A draft copy of the IG report was given to the ATF earlier this week for review, and Issa said that under normal review policies, it is expected that the report would be released publicly sometime before Sept. 11, when he has scheduled a hearing on its findings.  

In a letter sent to IG Michael Horowitz on Friday, the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee warned against taking longer than the customary two weeks and suggested that any delay would be a result of “political pressure” from top DOJ officials.

“It would be regrettable if senior department officials applied political pressure on you to delay publication of this report,” Issa said in the letter.

“Given the considerable public interest in this case and the attorney general’s own purported interest in learning the recommendations set forth in your report in order to make important management changes, it is incumbent upon you to release this report as soon as practicable.” 

If the report is released in the early part of September, it will be coming on the heels of the Democrats’ convention in Charlotte, which the party hopes will give the party’s candidates a boost heading into the election.  

Earlier this year, Republicans voted to place Holder in contempt of Congress for not complying with a subpoena for documents that Issa issued. It was the first time an attorney general has been held in contempt of Congress, and Democrats fiercely objected, with some calling it an overt political tactic aimed at weakening the DOJ’s challenges to voter ID laws.

House lawyers recently filed a civil suit against Holder to carry out the contempt order. 

A spokesperson for the DOJ’s IG office declined to comment.

— This story was updated at 3:16 p.m.

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