The National Rifle Association (NRA) announced Wednesday that it will score the vote in the U.S. House of Representatives on the resolution to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for failing to turn over nearly 70,000 pages of documents related to the Fast and Furious scandal.
Holder turned over 80,000 pages to the Justice Department's own Inspector General, who is also investigating the scandal, but released only 8,000 pages of documents to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform in its ongoing investigation implemented in 2011.
The House Committee has already voted in favor of holding Holder in contempt. The full House vote is expected next week, unless the Attorney General turns over the requested documents.
As the largest gun rights advocacy organization in America, the NRA wields extensive power in influencing legislation in Congress. Part of that power comes from its practice of rating politicians based upon their votes on a myriad of issues related to firearms. A politician's composite rating is used during elections to determine whether or not he merits an endorsement from the organization.
The NRA had already called for Holder to be held in contempt due to its view that the Fast and Furious scandal was a scheme concocted by the Obama Administration to ultimately call for massive new gun control measures, as government whistleblower agents have maintained from the beginning.
But the announcement that the NRA will specifically rate the votes on the contempt resolution puts teeth to their support for the measure. The organization will reward those who vote in favor of contempt with a high rating. Those who vote against contempt will receive a low rating, which could severely damage their overall rating going into the election cycle of 2012 in November.
The NRA's rating system is based on grades A through F, with an A being the highest rating possible.
In a letter to the Oversight Committee informing members of the organization's intention to score the vote, the NRA's Chris Cox wrote that the organization's involvement in the issue is necessary due to the administration's actions of using data from the illegal scheme to demand the reporting of rifle sales by 9,000 firearms dealers located in the states along the southern border.
The letter further states that Holder used the violence perpetrated by Mexican drug cartels to make the false claim that 90 percent of firearms used in Mexican crimes come from the United States.
In numerous previous reports it has been established that President Obama, Attorney General Holder, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, and other high level administration officials used the "90 percent" meme early on in 2009 in spite of there being no data to back up the claim.
Whistleblowers have stated that Fast and Furious was implemented in order to attempt to "prove" that the 90 percent figure is correct when in fact it is entirely false.
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