The letter also shed new light on details of the Issa-Holder meeting last week. During that meeting, Issa told Obama that Holder said he wanted to “buy peace.”
“He indicated a willingness to produce the ‘fair compilation’ of post-February 4th documents,” Issa wrote to the president. “He told me that he would provide the ‘fair compilation’ of documents on three conditions: (1) that I permanently cancel the contempt vote; (2) that I agree the department was in full compliance with the committee’s subpoenas, and; (3) that I accept the ‘fair compilation,’ sight unseen.”
Issa said he refused Holder’s offer because he considered his “conditions unacceptable,” and said his “predecessors from both sides of the aisle” would have done the same. “I simply requested that the department produce the ‘fair compilation’ in advance of the contempt vote, with the understanding that I would postpone the vote to allow the committee to review the documents,” Issa wrote before detailing that is something Holder did not do.
Issa added that while Holder has provided about 7,600 pages worth of Fast and Furious documents to his committee, that’s hardly close to the 140,000 pages of documents he’s produced internally within his Department of Justice.
“As you know, the committee voted to recommend that the full House hold Attorney General Holder in contempt of Congress for his continued refusal to produce relevant documents in the investigation of Operation Fast and Furious,” Issa wrote. “Last week’s proceeding would not have occurred had the attorney general actually produced the subpoenaed documents he said he could provide.”
The full U.S. House of Representatives is set to vote on Thursday to hold Holder in contempt of Congress. He would be the first attorney general to be held in contempt in the history of the United States.