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Articles of impeachment introduced against Eric Holder

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A Texas congressman has introduced articles of impeachment against Attorney General Eric Holder for his role in various Obama administration scandals, including Operation Fast and Furious, and for providing false testimony to Congress.

Republican Pete Olson introduced the resolution, and seven GOP lawmakers have added their names to it, according to Breitbart News.

The other congressmen include U.S. Reps. Blake Farenthold, Roger Williams and Randy Weber, all from Texas. Also signing on were U.S. Reps. Phil Roe and Larry Bucshon of Indiana, Lynn Westmoreland of Georgia and Ted Yoho of Florida.

All eight lawmakers had a hand in drafting the articles of impeachment, and The Blaze reported that three more are ready to sign on as co-sponsors: U.S. Reps. Bill Flores, R-Texas; Louie Gohmert, R-Texas; and Michele Bachmann, R-Minn.

The articles of impeachment are divided into four parts, which state:

Article I of the impeachment proceedings claims that Holder “engaged in a pattern of conduct incompatible with the trust and confidence placed in him” by refusing to comply with a subpoena issued by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee for documents related to “a legitimate congressional investigation into Operation Fast and Furious by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms that put thousands of illegally-purchased weapons into the hands of cartel leaders, ultimately resulting in the death of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry on December 14, 2010.”
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Article II of the proceedings charges that Holder violated his oath of office by refusing to enforce certain laws that the Obama administration, for various reasons, decided not to enforce, including the Defense of Marriage Act, which the administration deemed unconstitutional.
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Article III also charges that Holder violated his oath of office, this time by “refusing to prosecute individuals involved in the Internal Revenue Service scandal of unauthorized disclosure of tax records belonging to political donors.”
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Finally, Article IV claims Holder “provided false testimony to the House Judiciary Committee” regarding the potential prosecution of a member of the news media, Fox News correspondent James Rosen, using the Espionage Act.

In June 2012, Congress held Holder in criminal contempt for his role in Fast and Furious by an overwhelming 255-67 margin, which included 17 Democrats voting in favor. It marked the first such vote in history against a sitting attorney general, according to PJ Media.

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