U.S. Department of Justice
|Department of Justice|
|Deputy Secretary:||James M. Cole|
|Annual budget:||$31.2 billion (2013)|
- 1 History
- 2 Structure
- 3 Issues
- 4 Controversies
- 5 Budget
- 6 Analysis
- 7 Recent news
- 8 See also
- 9 External links
- 10 References
Holder announced on September 25, 2014, that he would resign as soon as his successor was confirmed by the Senate. At the time of the announcement, Holder was the fourth longest tenured attorney general in United States history.
The Department of Justice employed 114,347 people in the U.S. and abroad in 2013. Among the agencies overseen by the department are the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), U.S. Marshals Service, Bureau of Prisons and Interpol Washington.
The Office of the Attorney General was formed under the Judiciary Act of 1789, in order to advise the president on law and to prosecute cases in the Supreme Court. Gradually the office began adding assistants and hiring private lawyers to handle an increasing number of federal cases until 1870, when Congress enacted An Act to Establish the Department of Justice. The department became official on July 1, 1870, and covered all criminal prosecutions and civil suits in which the United States had an interest, became the enforcer of all federal laws and created the office of solicitor general. The foundation of the department is still based on that act, though it has grown into the largest law office and central enforcer of federal laws in the world.
The official department mission statement is as follows:
|“||To enforce the law and defend the interests of the United States according to the law; to ensure public safety against threats foreign and domestic; to provide federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime; to seek just punishment for those guilty of unlawful behavior; and to ensure fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans.||”|
—Department of Justice
The attorney general is the top law enforcement officer in the U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder currently holds the position.
|Recent Attorney Generals|
|Attorney General||Years in office||Nominated by||Confirmation vote|
|Janet Reno||1993-2001||Bill Clinton||98-0|
|John Ashcroft||2001-2005||George W. Bush||58-42|
|Alberto Gonzalez||2005-2007||George W. Bush||60-36|
|Michael Mukasey||2007-2009||George W. Bush||53-40|
|Eric Holder||2009-Present||Barack Obama||75-21|
|Historical Attorney Generals|
|Attorney General||Years in office||Nominated by||Confirmation vote|
|Edmund Randolph||1789-1794||George Washington||N/A|
|William Bradford||1794-1795||George Washington||N/A|
|Charles Lee||1795-1801||George Washington||N/A|
|Levi Lincoln||1801-1805||Thomas Jefferson||N/A|
|John Breckinridge||1805-1807||Thomas Jefferson||N/A|
|Caesar A. Rodney||1807-1811||Thomas Jefferson||N/A|
|William Pinkney||1811-1814||James Madison||N/A|
|Richard Rush||1814-1817||James Madison||23-6|
|William Wirt||1817-1829||James Monroe||N/A|
|John M. Berrien||1829-1831||Andrew Jackson||N/A|
|Roger B. Taney||1831-1834||Andrew Jackson||N/A|
|Benjamin F. Butler||1834-1838||Andrew Jackson||N/A|
|Felix Grundy||1838-1840||Martin Van Buren|
|Henry D. Gilpin||1840-1841||Martin Van Buren|
|John J. Crittenden||1841||William Henry Harrison|
|Hugh Swinton Legare||1841-1843||John Tyler|
|John Nelson||1843-1845||John Tyler|
|John Y. Mason||1845-1846||James K. Polk||N/A|
|Nathan Clifford||1846-1848||James K. Polk||N/A|
|Isaac Toucey||1848-1859||James K. Polk||N/A|
|Reverdy Johnson||1849-1850||Zachary Taylor||N/A|
|John J. Crittenden||1850-1853||Millard Fillmore|
|Caleb Cushing||1853-1857||Franklin Pierce|
|Jeremiah S. Black||1857-1860||James Buchanan|
|Edwin M. Stanton||1860-1861||James Buchanan|
|Edward Bates||1861-1864||Abraham Lincoln|
|James Speed||1864-1866||Andrew Johnson|
|Henry Stanbery||1866-1868||Andrew Johnson|
|William M. Evarts||1868-1869||Andrew Johnson|
|Ebenezer R. Hoar||1869-1870||Ulysses S. Grant||N/A|
|Amos T. Akerman||1870-1871||Ulysses S. Grant||N/A|
|George Henry Williams||1871-1875||Ulysses S. Grant||N/A|
|Edwards Pierrepont||1875-1876||Ulysses S. Grant||N/A|
|Alphonso Taft||1876-1877||Ulysses S. Grant||N/A|
|Charles Devens||1877-1881||Rutherford B. Hayes||N/A|
|Wayne MacVeagh||1881||James Garfield||N/A|
|Benjamin H. Brewster||1881-1885||Chester A. Arthur||N/A|
|Augustus H. Garland||1885-1889||Grover Cleveland||N/A|
|William H. H. Miller||1889-1893||Benjamin Harrison||N/A|
|Richard Olney||1893-1895||Grover Cleveland|
|Judson Harmon||1895-1897||Grover Cleveland|
|Joseph McKenna||1897-1898||William McKinley|
|John W. Griggs||1898-1901||William McKinley|
|Philander C. Knox||1901-1904||Theodore Roosevelt||N/A|
|William H. Moody||1904-1906||Theodore Roosevelt||N/A|
|Charles J. Bonaparte||1906-1909||Theodore Roosevelt||N/A|
|George W. Wickersham||1909-1913||William Howard Taft||N/A|
|James C. McReynolds||1913-1914||Woodrow Wilson||N/A|
|Thomas Watt Gregory||1914-1919||Woodrow Wilson||N/A|
|Alexander Mitchell Palmer||1919-1921||Woodrow Wilson|
|Harry M. Daugherty||1921-1924||Warren G. Harding|
|Harlan F. Stone||1924-1925||Calvin Coolidge|
|John G. Sargent||1925-1929||Calvin Coolidge|
|William D. Mitchell||1929-1933||Herbert Hoover|
|Homer Stille Cummings||1933-1939||Franklin D. Roosevelt||N/A|
|Frank Murphy||1939-1940||Franklin D. Roosevelt||78-7|
|Robert H. Jackson||1940-1941||Franklin D. Roosevelt||N/A|
|Francis Biddle||1941-1945||Harry Truman||N/A|
|Tom C. Clark||1945-1949||Harry Truman|
|J. Howard McGrath||1949-1952||Harry Truman|
|James P. McGranery||1952-1953||Harry Truman|
|Herbert Brownell, Jr.||1953-1957||Dwight D. Eisenhower|
|William P. Rogers||1957-1961||Dwight D. Eisenhower|
|Robert F. Kennedy||1961-1964||John F. Kennedy|
|Nicholas Katzenbach||1965-1966||Lyndon B. Johnson||N/A|
|Ramsey Clark||1967-1969||Lyndon B. Johnson||N/A|
|John N. Mitchell||1969-1972||Richard Nixon||N/A|
|Richard Kleindienst||1972-1973||Richard Nixon||64-19|
|Elliot Richardson||1973-1973||Richard Nixon||82-3|
|William B. Saxbe||1974-1975||Gerald Ford||75-10|
|Edward H. Levi||1975-1977||Gerald Ford||N/A|
|Griffin Bell||1977-1979||Jimmy Carter||75-21|
|Benjamin Civiletti||1979-1981||Jimmy Carter||94-1|
|William French Smith||1981-1985||Ronald Reagan||96-1|
|Edwin Meese||1985-1988||Ronald Reagan||63-31|
|Richard L. Thornburgh||1988-1991||George H. W. Bush||85-0|
|William P. Barr||1991-1993||George H. W. Bush||N/A|
Note: Votes marked "N/A" represent voice votes or unrecorded votes. Missing votes will be filled as they are researched.
Bank of America settlement
On August 21, 2014, the DOJ reached a $16 million settlement with Bank of America due to what the DOJ called "pervasive schemes" to defraud investors prior to the 2008 financial crisis. Holder, on the bank's actions, stated, "These financial institutions knowingly and fraudulently marketed and sold these loans as sound investments." The settlement was the largest ever reached between the United States government and any institution in history. While about $7 billion was directed to go to those affected by the financial crisis, the rest was to be paid to the government as part of the settlement. In a statement by the Bank of America CEO, he said, "We believe this settlement, which resolves significant remaining mortgage-related exposures, is in the best interests of our shareholders, and allows us to continue to focus on the future."
Ferguson, Missouri civil unrest
- See also: Shooting in Ferguson, Missouri
Holder announced on August 11, 2014, that the DOJ would open a probe into the police shooting of Brown, noting it would, "supplement, rather than supplant, the inquiry by local authorities. At every step, we will work with the local investigators, who should be prepared to complete a thorough, fair investigation in their own right." Three Democratic representatives, John Conyers (D-Mich.), William Lacy Clay (D-Mo.) and Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio), came forward on August 12, 2014, asking for a more expansive probe covering the "potential for any pattern or practice of police misconduct." Their letter, written to Holder, explained, "We applaud the Department of Justice’s decision to investigate the shooting of Michael Brown but hope that you will consider expanding the scope of federal involvement and ask that the Department dedicate sufficient resources to investigate the legal and civil rights ramifications of the shooting and surrounding circumstances."
On August 20, 2014, Holder announced the DOJ probe would focus on civil rights violations, leaving the crime scene investigation to the state and local authorities. Forty FBI agents went to Ferguson to assist the state and local police in gathering evidence from residents.
Holder's Ferguson visit
On August 18, 2014, President Barack Obama met with Holder and decided to send Holder to Ferguson to look into the incident and ongoing problems. Obama explained, "While I understand the passions and the anger that arise over the death of Michael Brown, giving into that anger by looting or carrying guns, and even attacking the police, only deserves to raise tensions and stir chaos, it undermines, rather than advancing justice." Missouri Senators Roy Blunt (R) and Claire McCaskill (D), both of whom expressed their support for having Holder see the situation first hand and the department's assistance in the investigation already underway, joined Holder on the trip to Ferguson. Blunt made clear his opposition to the idea of federal investigators taking over the case from state investigators, if proposed.
Holder recalled his own problems with authority while visiting Ferguson. At the local community college he said, "I understand that mistrust. I am the attorney general of the United States. But I am also a black man. I think about my time in Georgetown — a nice neighborhood of Washington — and I am running to a picture movie at about 8 o’clock at night. I am running with my cousin. Police car comes driving up, flashes his lights, yells ‘where you going? Hold it!’ I say, ‘Whoa, I’m going to a movie.’ "
Ex-felon voting rights
On February 11, 2014, Holder urged states to repeal or amend laws prohibiting ex-felons from voting. While the federal government does not have the ability to force the changes, Holder stated, "Whenever we tell citizens who have paid their debts and rejoined their communities that they are not entitled to take part in the democratic process, we fall short of the bedrock promise – of equal opportunity and equal justice – that has always served as the foundation of our legal system." Republican Sen. Rand Paul supported the push by the Justice Department, claiming, "There are Republicans on our side who will work with Democrats who will do the right thing on this."
On February 10, 2014, Holder announced increased protection of same-sex spouses, including equal treatment as opposite-sex spouses in "court proceedings, prison visitation and law-enforcement benefit programs even in states that don’t recognize same-sex marriages." The benefits covered the 34 states in which same-sex marriages are not recognized at the state level, but they only apply to situations in which the federal government has jurisdiction. Holder stated in a memo, "It is the (Justice Department's) policy to recognize lawful same-sex marriages as broadly as possible, to ensure equal treatment for all members of society regardless of sexual orientation."
On October 2, 2013, the Justice Department announced the seizure of the black market website, Silk Road, where users coordinated drug trafficking and other illegal activities using digital currency. The criminal complaint listed the total estimated transactions on the website at about $1.2 billion. Ross William Ulbright was arrested as the alleged site owner. According to an FBI spokesperson, "basically he made a simple mistake and we were able to identify him."
On May 19, 2014, the DOJ announced an investigation stemming from the Silk Road drug bust into the use of the crypto-currency Bitcoin and its involvement in the Silk Road drug trade. The Mt. Gox bitcoin exchange, one of the world's most popular exchanges, was issued subpoenas for customer transaction logs and information about the solicitation of investors to determine if the exchange was involved with the Silk Road drug exchange. The exchange filed for Chapter 15 bankruptcy shortly after halting exchanges on February 15, 2014. The DOJ suggested that the exchange of federal currency for the crypto-currency could fall under money laundering laws in the United States. Charles Shrem and Robert Faiella, in charge of separate Bitcoin exchanges were charged with money laundering in January 2014, allegedly dealing with the Silk Road drug exchange.
Mandatory minimum sentencing
Holder explains the changes to the justice system.
On August 12, 2013, Holder announced a directive to federal prosecutors lowering the number of convictions that mandate minimum sentences. Holder's directive stated the mandatory minimum sentences for low-level, non-violent drug offenders were a contributing factor in the prison population that grew to 800 percent since 1980. The "Smart on Crime" initiative has five main principles which the plan claimed will help the Department of Justice "become both smarter and tougher on crime." The five principles are as follows:
- Prioritize prosecutions to focus on most serious cases
- Reform sentencing to eliminate unfair disparities and reduce overburdened prisons
- Pursue alternatives to incarceration for low-level, non-violent crimes
- Improve reentry to curb repeat offenses and re-victimization
- 'Surge' resources to violence prevention and protecting most vulnerable populations
Texas voting rights
A U.S. Supreme Court decision on June 25, 2013, released 16 jurisdictions from federal voting rights oversight set in place by the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The Supreme Court's decision required Congress to pass new standards of determining which jurisdictions should have federal oversight. After the decision was made, Texas officials stated a previously blocked Voter ID law would be enforced.
On July 25, Holder announced that the Department of Justice would attempt to regain oversight by using another section of the Voting Rights Act, known as bail-in. If the Department can provide evidence of unconstitutional voting practices in the state to federal courts, oversight can be restored. However, it would not have the strength or coverage of the original legislation. Holder also pushed Congress to reimpose clear guidelines for jurisdictions needing federal oversight.
The Justice Department announced on August 22, that it would challenge Texas' Voter ID law, as well as the redistricting plan passed by the Republican majority legislature in separate cases. In a statement, Holder said, "We will not allow the Supreme Court’s recent decision to be interpreted as open season for states to pursue measures that suppress voting rights. The Department will take action against jurisdictions that attempt to hinder access to the ballot box, no matter where it occurs. We will keep fighting aggressively to prevent voter disenfranchisement." The Department announced they would also challenge a law passed in North Carolina, which included voter ID language.
Chinese military hacking charges
On May 19, 2014, the Justice Department charged five members of the Chinese military of hacking into the systems of U.S. companies and a union. U.S. Steel Corp., Allegheny Technologies, Inc., Westinghouse Electric Co., Alcoa, Inc., Solar World Industries American, Inc. and the United Steel, Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial and Service Workers International Union (USW) were the alleged targets of the hacking operation aimed at uncovering trade secrets. The indictment, based on the judgement of a grand jury in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania named five individuals for conspiracy to commit computer fraud and abuse. They were Wang Dong, Sun Kailiang, Wen Xinyu, Huang Zhenyu and Gu Chunhui.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Qin Gang disputed the claims, stating, "The Chinese government, the Chinese military and their relevant personnel have never engaged or participated in cyber theft of trade secrets. The U.S. accusation against Chinese personnel is purely ungrounded and absurd." The Chinese government demanded that the charges be withdrawn and announced their intention to suspend their involvement in the U.S.-China Cyber Working Group. The group was formed in 2013 by Secretary of State John Kerry and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi to address the accusations of hacking between the two countries.
U.S. Marshal Service spending
Over a period of four years, from 2009 to 2012, the U.S. Marshal Service (USMS) spent about $2 million on "swag" items ranging from teddy bears to Christmas ornaments to lamb-wool blankets. According to a report, they claimed the items were purchased as incentives for employees and as gifts for foreign counterparts whom the marshals worked along side. The information was uncovered by FOIA requests from MuckRock, a watchdog organization. In early 2011, the Justice Department asked its umbrella agencies to significantly cut down on expenses that were not "mission-essential programs, projects and activities." An agency spokesperson claimed they cut down significantly following the request by the DOJ, stating they have "taken aggressive steps to restrict non-essential spending and strengthen internal controls over promotional spending," including no spending on "swag" in 2013.
Congressional impeachment measuresTed Yoho, (R-Fla.) announced a House Republican attempt to impeach Attorney General Eric Holder by the end of 2013. Yoho's chief of staff responded to an inquiry about the motion for impeachment, stating, "Obviously there is a lot frustration with our attorney general. You can name the botched programs. Fast and Furious has been one of the number one complaints we get in our office and why no one has been held accountable."
On November 14, 2013, 20 House Republicans signed a proposal calling for the impeachment of Holder. The leader of the group, Rep. Pete Olson, stated, "For nearly five years, Attorney General Holder has systematically deceived Congress and destroyed the credibility of the Justice Department in the eyes of the American people."
A Reuters report released August 5, 2013, revealed a connection in the use of evidence gathered by the National Security Agency (NSA) for the purpose of anti-terrorism and evidence used in Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) investigations. Using evidence gathered by the NSA, the DEA created what is called "parallel construction" by the DEA's Special Operations Division. The parallel construction allowed the DEA to form an investigation based on NSA evidence but act as if the investigation began on a smaller charge initiated by the DEA or other law enforcement. Defense lawyers believe the tactic could be in violation of pretrial law because it essentially hides the evidence that began the investigation.
On August 26, 2013, eight Democrats and two Republicans requested Holder answer questions about the process in a classified briefing. Sens. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) signed a letter stating, "These allegations raise serious concerns that gps in the policy and law are allowing overreach by the federal government's intelligence gathering apparatus." House Republican Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) said, "I think we need to have a very careful examination of this. I think that the trust of the American people in their government is what's at stake here."
On May 22, 2013, Holder acknowledged in a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy that four United States citizens had been killed in unmanned droned strikes since 2009. One of those citizens, Anwar al-Awlaki, was targeted, but three others were not targeted by the strikes. Attention to drone strikes was greatly increased when U.S. Senator Rand Paul filibustered the nomination of John Brennan to CIA Director, lasting nearly 13 hours, with concerns of the government's use of unmanned drones and asking for clarification.
On May 20, 2014, the DOJ announced the secret 2011 memo allowing the legal killing of American terrorism suspects would be released. The department opted not to appeal a court order to release the memo to the public. Democrats and Republicans in the Senate claimed they would fight the nomination of federal judge David J. Barron, if the information was not released to the public. The U.S. Court of Appeals overturned a ruling that the Central Intelligence Agency and U.S. Department of Defense did not have to answer FOIA requests for the documents allowing the drone strikes.
Over a two month period, federal prosecutors obtained phone records of Associated Press journalists, their headquarters and offices in New York, Hartford, Washington D.C., and the U.S. House of Representatives during an investigation in early 2012 of leaked, sensitive information. The AP released a story in May 2012, which is believed to be linked to the wiretapping, connecting a CIA counterterrorism operation in Yemen to the killing of Osama bin Laden in May 2011. At least 20 phone lines were believed to be monitored by federal prosecutors with the Department of Justice.
On May 19, 2013, another case of federal investigators wiretapping journalists was uncovered when Fox News reporter James Rosen had his personal email correspondence seized in relation to a story published on June 11, 2009. The investigation into leaked documents from the State Department's Stephen Jin-Woo Kim, led them to Rosen through phone and email communication leading up to the publishing of Rosen's story. In the affidavit, an FBI agent named Rosen a "co-conspirator" under the Espionage Act, in order to obtain the warrant. All correspondence with Kim was seized along with two additional days of personal correspondence. Fox News also claimed the Justice Department seized several phone records, including one listed as Rosen's parents.
The U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia released a statement on May 22, 2013, denying the use of wiretaps on phones and the seizure of any computer records of any news organization.
On May 10, 2013, news broke that various branches of the Internal Revenue Service had specifically targeted conservative groups' applications for tax-exempt status. It began during the tea party surge in 2010. The agency was separating tax-exempt applications by searching for political terms such as "tea party" and "patriot." In June 2011, an IRS official was briefed on these transgressions and asked that this practice end. The flagging continued, however, when the criteria was changed in January 2012 to look out for groups educating on the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
The targeting included allegations that tea party groups were forced to provide information not asked of other tax exempt groups. Examples of this were requests for donor information, Facebook posts, resumes and political intentions of group officials and connections to other groups.
Testifying on May 15, Holder promised a criminal investigation spearheaded by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and federal prosecutors into the Cincinnati office that were blamed for the extra attention paid to conservative organizations, but he made it clear that the investigation would span more than just the Cincinnati office, in order to find out where the "enforcement gaps" in the IRS's policies lie. Holder also added that groups paying for legal representation during the controversy would be reimbursed for legal costs.
On May 16, IRS Commissioner Steven Miller announced his resignation. He still testified at the hearings the next day. Lois Lerner, the head of the tax-exempt organizations division throughout the targeting scandal retired on September 23, 2013, when an IRS review board informed her she would be removed from her position due to "neglect of duties."
In January 2014, the FBI announced no criminal charges would be filed over the IRS targeting scandal unless new evidence came to light. On April 9, 2014, emails from Lerner, expressing her interest in denying the Crossroads GPS 501(c)(4) tax-exempt status, were released to the public, and a letter was sent by the House Ways and Means Committee urging prosecutors to hold Lerner accountable. Fourteen committee Democrats voted against sending the letter with Rep. Sandy Levin stating the intention of the letter was to "declare this a scandal and keep it going until November."
On May 7, 2014, the U.S. House voted to hold Lerner in contempt of Congress due to her refusal to answer questions during her hearing. The criminal contempt charge carries a jail sentence and fine, but the Justice Department must first decide whether or not to pursue the charge. If the department opts not to pursue the charge, the House can bring up a civil suit demanding Lerner to testify or face time in jail. Lerner would not necessarily be forced to testify if the criminal charge is pursued.
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee received information from the Justice Department that the IRS provided the FBI with a 1.1 million page database of information on tax-exempt organizations. The files, announced by the committee on June 9, 2014, were to be used by the FBI to investigate the political activity of the tax-exempt organizations. In a letter to IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, Reps. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) wrote, "We were extremely troubled by this new information, and by the fact that the IRS has withheld it from the committee for over a year. We were astonished to learn days ago from the Justice Department that these 21 disks contained confidential taxpayer information protected by federal law." The IRS claimed most of the information was publicly available with the exception of 33 organizations for which it accidentally released non-public information to the FBI. Republican representatives are looking into whether any wrongdoing occurred.
The House Ways and Means Committee announced on June 13, 2014, that emails from Lerner between January 2009 and April 2011 to those outside of the IRS were lost due to a computer crash. Koskinen promised all documentation from Lerner would be handed over for investigation, but it was revealed in a letter that emails from that period could not be found. Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.) released a response, stating, "The Administration has repeatedly referred us back to the IRS for production of materials. It is clear that is wholly insufficient when it comes to determining the full scope of the violation of taxpayer rights." Chairman of the Oversight Subcommittee Charles Boustany Jr., (D-La.) questioned the administration's transparency claiming, "This is not the transparency promised to the American people. If there is no smidgeon of corruption what is the Administration hiding?"
Operation Fast and Furious
From 2009-2011, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) ran Operation Fast and Furious, intended to get guns into the black market and sold to Mexican drug cartels. The guns were to be tracked, allowing the ATF to halt drug trafficking and catch the traffickers along the U.S.-Mexico border. The operation was part of an overarching border patrol initiative, Project Gunrunner, run by the U.S. Department of Justice "to combat Mexico-based trafficking groups." However, an estimated 1,400 guns were lost in the operation. A total of 34 trafficking suspects were indicted. On December 14, 2010, about a month before the end of Operation Fast and Furious, Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was killed in Arizona and two guns from the operation were found near his body.
Holder testified before Congress on May 3, 2011, stating he, "probably heard about Fast and Furious for the first time over the last few weeks." Sens. Chuck Grassley and Darrell Issa led the investigations into the scandal, and subpoenas were issued to the Justice Department on October 12, 2011, in order to secure documents between the White House and the Justice Department regarding Operation Fast and Furious.
On June 20, 2012, President Barack Obama used his executive privilege over documents sought by the congressional investigative committee, saving Holder from possible charges in the investigation. On June 28, 2012, the House voted to hold Holder in contempt for failure to disclose the documents. It was the first time in U.S. history a sitting cabinet member was held in contempt by Congress.
The House Oversight Committee filed a civil lawsuit over the documents on August 13, 2012. Holder asked U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson for the case to be dismissed on September 30, 2013, which she denied. Holder requested an immediate appeal, which was turned down November 18, 2013.
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- Note: 2014 only represents the Department's budget request, not an enacted budget.
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