By Capitol Hill Blue
Attorney General Eric Holder (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)
A defiant Attorney General Eric Holder lashed out at House Republicans over a contempt of Congress citation from the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, calling the 23-17 party-line vote “an extraordinary, unprecedented and entirely unnecessary action, intended to provoke an avoidable conflict between Congress and the Executive Branch.”
Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, angry over Holder’s refusal to turn over requested documents on the Justice Department‘s failed “Fast and Furious” gun-running scheme and President Barack Obama’s use of executive privilege to seal the documents, forced the vote.
Said Holder in a statement released by his office:
This divisive action does not help us fix the problems that led to this operation or previous ones and it does nothing to make any of our law enforcement agents safer. It’s an election-year tactic intended to distract attention — and, as a result — has deflected critical resources from fulfilling what remains my top priority at the Department of Justice: Protecting the American people.
“Fast and Furious” was supposed to help Holder’s department track the flow of guns from the United States to drug cartels in Mexico but most of the arms went missing and two ended up at the crime scene where Customs and Border Control agent Brian Terry was murdered.
From the beginning, Chairman Issa and certain members of the Committee have made unsubstantiated allegations first, then scrambled for facts to try to justify them later.
That might make for good political theater, but it does little to uncover the truth or address the problems associated with this operation and prior ones dating back to the previous Administration.
Repbublicans contend Holder lied to the committee and has withheld evidence. House Speaker John Boehner said Wednesday the full house will vote on the contempt citation next week “unless the Attorney General re-evaluates his choices.:
Holder’s response: Not in their lifetime.
The U.S. House of Representatives announced today that a date has been set for a vote on a contempt of Congress citation against Attorney General Eric Holder for his failure to turn over subpoenaed documents related to the Fast and Furious scandal.
The vote has been set for June 20.
House Speaker John Boehner stated,
The Justice Department is out of excuses. Either the Justice Department turns over the information requested, or Congress will have no choice but to move forward with holding the Attorney General in contempt for obstructing an ongoing investigation.
Now that Speaker Boehner is behind the effort to cite Holder for contempt, the measure is expected to have smooth sailing in the initial vote in the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. The citation should also easily pass a vote in the full House, where 31 Democrats have already pledged to join the Republican majority in voting for holding the Attorney General in contempt.
- EDITORIAL: Holder’s contempt and Obama’s privilege – Washington Times (gds44.wordpress.com)
- Holder: House committee’s contempt vote ‘divisive’ and ‘entirely unnecessary’ (givemeliberty01.wordpress.com)
- Committee: Hold Holder in Contempt! (thedailybeast.com)
- Obama Invokes Executive Privilege, Bails Out Holder (newser.com)
- House committee votes to hold Holder in contempt (wnd.com)
- READ: Rep. Elijah Cummings Gives Statement on Oversight Committee’s Vote to Hold AG Holder in Contempt of Congress (foxnewsinsider.com)
- House oversight committee schedules contempt vote for Holder (foxnews.com)
- House panel finds Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt (cbsnews.com)
- House Votes to Place Holder in Contempt of Congress (sfcmac.wordpress.com)
- Eric Holder Held In Contempt Of Congress (oldschool945.com)
- Contemptible (crockettlives.wordpress.com)
- Obama asserts executive privilege over ‘Fast and Furious’ documents (washingtontimes.com)
- The unnecessary GOP campaign against Eric Holder (thegrio.com)
- House committee holds Eric Holder in contempt (thegrio.com)