Attorney General Eric Holder made history yesterday. He is the first Cabinet member to be held in criminal and civil contempt of Congress. This vote could have been avoided, if only he had turned over the requested documents. His refusal puts the entire blame for this exercise on his shoulders, and his alone. Holder brought the contempt charges on himself when he chose to ignore the US Congress' legitimate demands for information to which they had every right. His contempt for the US Congress and the American people in this and other matters has now officially been reciprocated. One hundred democrats refused to vote, choosing instead to walk out. Seventeen democrats not only stayed to vote, but crossed the aisle and voted to hold Holder in criminal contempt. Twenty-one democrats voted to hold him in civil contempt.
Friday, June 29, 2012
Thursday, June 21, 2012
In the latest twist on the eighteen-month-long endeavor to discover what exactly happened in regards to Operation Fast and Furious, the House Oversight Committee voted to cite Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress. It passed the committee 23-17 - on party lines - and is now headed to the floor of the House for a vote that is expected to take place some time next week (where is is expected to pass - again on a party line vote). For those not familiar with OF&F, go here and here for background.