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House Republicans vote to hold Attorney General Holder in contempt of Congress

By Associated Press


WASHINGTON >> Attorney General Eric Holder today became the first sitting Cabinet member held in contempt of Congress, a rebuke pushed by Republicans seeking to unearth the facts behind a bungled gun-tracking operation and dismissed by most Democrats as a political stunt. 

The vote was 255-67, with more than 100 Democrats boycotting. 

African-American lawmakers led the walkout as members filed up the aisle and out of the chamber to protest the action against Holder, who is the nation’s first black attorney general. Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California joined the boycott, saying Republicans had gone “over the edge” in their partisanship.

Seventeen Democrats voted with Republicans in favor of the contempt vote, while two Republicans — Reps. Scott Rigell of Virginia and Steven LaTourette of Ohio — joined other Democrats in voting no. 

The National Rifle Association pressed hard for the contempt resolution, leaning on members of both parties who want to stay in the NRA’s good graces. Holder said afterward the vote was merely a politically motivated act in an election year

Republicans cited Holder’s refusal to hand over — without any preconditions — documents that could explain why the Obama administration initially denied that a risky “gun-walking” investigative tactic was used in Operation Fast and Furious, which allowed hundreds of guns to be smuggled from Arizona to Mexico.

The vote on a criminal contempt resolution sent the matter to the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, who is under Holder. 

A separate vote on civil contempt passed 258-95. It will allow the House to go to court in an effort to force Holder to turn over the documents.

In past cases, courts have been reluctant to settle disputes between the executive and legislative branches of government.

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sluggah wrote:
Good! These guys are reminding more of Nixon and his crew.
on June 28,2012 | 01:02PM
kuewa wrote:
This on the same day that an investigative report in Fortune magazine (a conservative journal) details the false impressions that Congress and the public have about the issue. Arizona, which filed the complaint, is considered a near free-for-all for gun ownership and reselling. With or without Fast and Furious, thousands of guns pass through AZ with unknown numbers passing into drug cartel hands. As pointed out in the Fortune report, the lack of regulation in AZ is largely due to the NRA and Republican Party. You'll have to read the report to find out why all of the current controversy about F&F is actually not the controversy that everyone has been led to believe.
on June 28,2012 | 01:23PM
OldDiver wrote:
Yup, another phony Republican TV (Fox News) trumped up story.
on June 28,2012 | 02:32PM
lee1957 wrote:
You should turn the channel once and a while, all that Fox News has warped your sense of reality.
on June 28,2012 | 04:36PM
lee1957 wrote:
The controversy is because the AG has been deceptive and disingenuous in answering questions on the role of DHS in walking guns across the border. Some might even say he's a flat out liar, or some in his Department are.
on June 28,2012 | 04:36PM
poidragon wrote:
So what! Congress has been deceptive and disingenuous in their own dealings with what should be 'business as usual' and keeping the country running smoothly, instead of doing the total opposite!
on June 29,2012 | 12:24AM
group22 wrote:
I'm not interested in Fast and Furious anymore. I've come to the conclusion that Holder knew about F&F from very early on - much earlier than he has stated. The same goes for Obama. The documents are no longer important. The damning evidence is Holder's unwillingness to cooperate and Obama exerting executive privilege. The behaviour of Holder and Obama says it alll. Ask yourself this, "If they have nothing to hide, would they be acting like they are". Both are basically corrupt. In November we need change. Obama has done a pitiful job. He's worse than an amateur - he's a farce. My vote for Romney is a vote against Obama. We need someone else in there...anyone but Obama. It would have been great if Hillary listened to Bill and challenged Obama. Again, anybody but Obama.
on June 28,2012 | 02:09PM
blackmurano wrote:
You can bet our Obama clones (hanabusa and Hirano) didn't follow the majority of Democrat with Republican in this contempt vote again Holder. These two are just like "robots" controlled by their Democratic party.
on June 28,2012 | 11:12PM
poidragon wrote:
I see house republicans are still sticking their nose into other governmental departments business as usual and totally ignore their own business that should be taken care of! Time to get rid of the trash infesting Congress and to bring in new blood and new idea's to what has become a 'Congress of Useless Career Politicians' who are not doing the business of their constituents, but are out to aggrandize their own selves, to the detriment of the whole country!
on June 29,2012 | 12:21AM
HD36 wrote:
Who cares if he's black or not. Nowadays, if you do anything against a black person it's automatically assumed that it's racially motivated.
on June 29,2012 | 12:27AM
peanutgallery wrote:
This president has made sure of that. He has taken race relations back to the 40's.
on June 29,2012 | 02:16AM
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