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Holder Contempt Resolution Passes In House

June 28, 2012 by  

During a House vote to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for his refusal to full cooperate in an investigation regarding the fatally flawed Fast and Furious “gun-walking” operation, several Democratic lawmakers walked out.

Despite many Democrats’ unwillingness to participate, by a vote of 255-67 the House passed the resolution to hold Holder in Contempt of Congress.

The Congressional Black Caucus issued the following statement explaining why its members walked out:

We adamantly oppose this partisan attack and refuse to participate in any vote that would tarnish the image of Congress or of an attorney general who has done nothing but work tirelessly to protect the rights of the American people.  We must reflect upon why we are elected to this body and choose now to stand up for justice. We call upon all members of Congress to stand with us during a press conference on the Capitol Building steps during this appalling series of votes to discuss our nation’s most significant priority—creating jobs.  At this critically important time in our nation, we must work as colleagues rather than political enemies.

The White House also released a statement echoing similar sentiments.

Currently, heated debate about the veracity of this unprecedented contempt vote is under way on the House floor. Republican lawmakers are making appeals for the power to move further with legal actions that would allow them to obtain the Fast and Furious documents that have been requested.

Holder has released a statement regarding the vote:

Today’s vote is the regrettable culmination of what became a misguided – and politically motivated – investigation during an election year.  By advancing it over the past year and a half, Congressman Issa and others have focused on politics over public safety.  Instead of trying to correct the problems that led to a series of flawed law enforcement operations, and instead of helping us find ways to better protect the brave law enforcement officers, like Agent Brian Terry, who keep us safe – they have led us to this unnecessary and unwarranted outcome.

…When concerns about Operation Fast and Furious first came to light, I took action – and ordered an independent investigation into what happened.  We learned that the flawed tactics used in this operation began in the previous administration – but I made sure that they ended under this one.  I also made sure that agents and prosecutors around the country knew that such tactics must never be used again.  I put in place new policies, new safeguards, and new leadership to make certain of this – and took extraordinary steps to facilitate robust congressional oversight.  Let me be very clear – that was my response to Operation Fast and Furious.  Any suggestion to the contrary simply ignores the facts.


The House also voted 258-95 to hold Holder in civil contempt, giving lawmakers the ability to seek counsel and appeal to a Federal court for a subpoena for the documents that have not yet been turned over to the House Oversight Committee.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • J Void Huey

    Who walked out? We should lambaste these asshats who walked out. They are clearly bought out.

    • Carl

      Ask Pied Piper Pelosi for a list.

  • 45caliber

    I wonder how many of the Demos who didn’t vote wanted to vote for contempt but feared their leadership? At least Congress is making an attempt to let Oblama know that he isn’t the ruler and they are his subjects.

    • Carl

      I think millions of Americans were behind Issa, I think Republican House members know that tens of millions have had about enough of Federal “ABOVE THE LAW” attitude.
      What do you think 45 cal??

    • Carl

      Here’s my take 45: If 17 Dem’s were’nt afraid to vote for contempt, then would you say those were the ones retiring??
      Would you surmise all those seeking re-election… did’nt dare cast a contempt vote???

  • Malfean

    “the flawed tactics used in this operation began in the previous administration – but I made sure that they ended under this one.” Clearly Holder is disgusted by politicizing this issue. What a hypocrite.

    • Carl

      Good Point Malfean!

  • G. Schell

    I find it laughable that the Democrat statement says how tirelessly Holder has worked to protect the rights of Americans. If that were true, Arizona would not have to go to court against the Federal government for attempting to protect their own sovereign borders and stem the tide of illegal immigrants (along with drugs, etc) into our country! And I find it shameful that so many Democrats are willing to paint this as partisan politics instead rising above their OWN partisanship to realize the potential damage done should Congress allow the Constitution to be so flagrantly undermined and their oversight ignored…

    • Carl

      I feel certain Arizonas’ Governor, Maracopa Sherriff, Congressional members, And Border Patrol Agents would agree with you G.

  • Vigilant

    If you’re black and you’re in government, you can do no wrong, says the Black Caucus. That’s How Marian Berry, Adam Clayton Powell, Charlie Rangel, et. al., got re-elected.

    Ever seen such blatant racism on the part of the BC in your life? Holder/Obama are clearly guilty of hiding damning information.

    • Carl

      Wow, the Racism was so pronounced and sharp it was almost primevil . Did anyone of The “walk out group” bother to say a word of regret and of comfort to the Mexican families who have 200 murdered family members?? They myopically and blindly Praised Holder and the DOJ, …most hurtfully to the survivers of all those killed, …. kept repeating.. “That this is pure party politics, a waste of the peoples time and we need to get back to business.”
      Each time a Democrat would say,” this is a shame and a disgrace of this House”!!
      I thought YES,,,AND IT is upon The One Who Is Speaking.
      I’m sure Brian Terry’s family were offended, as was Mexican officials.

  • William

    If he had handed the documents over when asked it wouldn’t have been during an election year.

    • Carl

      So true William, thanks for pointing this fact out,… anyone who is wondering whether the Committee chair, Issa, is playing Pre-Election politics…should let your comment soak in .

  • Mickey

    Don’t forget Holder did not prosecute the Black panthers for holding billy clubs and intimidating voters aT A POLLING PLACE , WHILE HE WAS working tirelessly to protect the rights of the american people lol

    • Carl

      Thanks for exposing the simple truth of the matter. Take that M.r Mc-Mis- Govern and Mr. With- Holder.

  • pam

    Sam Rolley: Would you please post a list of those who walked out on the vote. Would you also supply a list of the 95 who voted “”no” on contempt charges.
    Is there anyone who loves our country and seeks the truth in politics today think
    that Oboma and Michelle, his Zars and Holder, Democrats and some Republicans
    under the last 4 years have done anything to uphold or Constitution and care for
    people? If not, get fired up.
    We are in trouble get your food supply and gun!.
    Let you politicians know the disdain you feel. Fight for your rights. Don’t let them take
    away any more of “Your Rights” .” Stand Up”!!!!
    God Bless the Red White and Blue!


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