On June 28th, Professor Francis A. Boyle, Professor of Law at the University of Illinois College of Law and author of Tackling America’s Toughest Questions (Clarity Press), commented on the House of Representative's vote to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in Contempt of Congress.
"If the Republicans were serious about this matter, they would move for the immediate impeachment of Holder," Professor Boyle said. "The civil and criminal contempt citations against him by the House, and his most contemptuous response to them last night are sufficient grounds for his immediate impeachment by the House. The White House has already indicated that they will not initiate criminal prosecution against Holder on grounds of the bogus presidential claim of “executive privilege”. For Congress to file a civil lawsuit against Holder would be just a Constitutional Cop-out by the House of Representatives. The House cannot depend upon the Federal judiciary to pull its Constitutional Chestnuts out of the fire for them. That would be just kicking the Constitution down the road like a can. Under these circumstances the House can invoke expeditious procedures to impeach Holder immediately, then forward the Bill of Impeachment on to the Senate for a trial. This would also send a very powerful message to Obama: `You’re next!'|”