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House Holds AG Holder in Contempt of Congress

The U.S. House of Representatives voted to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress on Thursday for his role in suppressing and withholding Fast & Furious documents from congressional investigators. The bipartisan vote—255 to 67, with 17 Democrats joining 238 Republicans voting for contempt—marks the first time in history that the U.S. Congress has held an attorney general in contempt.

The lead investigator, Rep. Darrell Issa of California, heads the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, which last week voted to send the contempt citation to the floor of the full House.

Rep. Issa said that he’s committed to fixing the problems related to Operation Fast & Furious—where the Obama administration helped gun smugglers sneak firearms south of the border in an apparent attempt to create a demand for more gun control laws in the U.S.

The National Rifle Association, which contends the government used the operation to promote stricter gun control laws, warned lawmakers last week that it will use the contempt vote to rate lawmakers. The organization’s decision placed added pressure on House Democrats in gun-friendly districts.

Issa told CNN he was surprised that President Obama exerted executive privilege in an attempt to seal up the requested documents. This move, he says, indicates the White House’s role in Fast & Furious “has been greater than previously acknowledged.” This revelation—that the President himself may have had more intimate knowledge of Fast & Furious—is motivating legislators on both sides of Capitol Hill. The ranking Senator on the Judiciary Committee, Chuck Grassley of Iowa, said that he had previously only traced the Fast & Furious program to an assistant attorney general.

But now Grassley says that Obama’s claim of executive privilege “raises the question of what does the president know and when did he know it.” As we reported earlier, the Gun Owners Foundation has filed suit in the U.S. District Court for DC to compel the Justice Department to produce tens of thousands of documents related to Operation Fast & Furious. If Eric Holder were to refuse the court’s demand for producing documents, then a “contempt of court” citation could land the attorney general in jail.

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Comments (15)

  1. Obama`s The President Man , He`s Bullet Proof” , don`tcha know , And Holder just as well be if they EVER” get a conviction on him , The Boss Will” just pardon him don`tcha know ! And Yeah” Obama is the King~pin in this Fast & Furious thing , don`tcha know . don`t forget Hillery Clinton ether , She a Big player here to…. Obma`s got her over there working on the U N For a Global Wide Gun Band” …. that is” , for everybody but the Cop`s and Military.

    1. Holder is a nazi fag traitor, a total piece of dimwitted dog shit. He wanted to finish what hitler started by gun control and the prez, Osammy, picked the wrong clueless queerbait for the job. the left’s messiah has failed, let them now rent (tear) their tutus and cry out to their father, satan, to save them face in the light that they abhor, abhor because leftists love the darkness where they can all be the sick bastards they always wanted to be. and everyone said, amen!

  2. Funny, no one wants either clown or party on office but no one wants to vote for any other… Sheep. RON PAUL 2012!

  3. Well I see at least Nick” agrees with me and Many other`s, if anyome trust`s ANYONE” of that bunch in Washington,….. Ether Side” , your a fool . I`ve been saying that for YEARS” , there all out to swat us all down like flys , Including that Bunch in the Supreme Court ! Capitalism ? …. You Bet” , that`s what we have been living under for YEARS” You think Britin is any diff. Than it was in the 16 and 1700`s your a fool again”….. same crap …. diff. Country is all . That`s not what Goerge Washington had in mind , when he turned his back ON BRITEN” , and delivered us , as Free Men from the Capitalists of Britin ! I`m telling you , until we find another George Washington to deliver us from all this evil , it will only get Wrose” , and let me tell yall”…. Romney” is No” George Washington By A Long Shot. Ya best keep searching for the one to lead us out of this Capitalism Crap , and It Will Be Through A Lota Blood Shead, IF” , We Find The Right” Man For the Job . That bunch in Washington …. Clear down too your local level`s of Government , will just keep swating us down like flys” , until we FINELY” , Swat Back” and tell um…. ENOUGH “….. like the people did With George Washington . Let finely get some ball`s people , and do what we have to do Again . It won`t be easy , but with the Right Person leading us and good game plan” , We Can get it done . I`m pretty Old” now , my self , but I`ll band together with ya and Die” with yall , if I have to , Finely Stamp Out ALL” Capitalism , in America . Where do we find the right man for the job? …. I don`t know Brother , but He`s out there some where , if we all start looking in that Direction , instead of pissing in the wind in November like we have been doing , Election after Election . We need a General George Washington…. A General George Patton” to look the enemy Stright in the eye and say” , ENOUGH Of your Capitalism” Your done .

    Want to read some good ….. George S. Patton Quotations ….

  4. Yeah, cree, wait till November!!!! So we can put our sparkling savior Romney in. He’ll save us. He’s on our side. ಠ_ಠ

  5. Bunch of ditto heads. Gobble up all the bad news about Obama admin and conveniently ignore/forget all the bad news of the previous administration. I know some of you see both of them as evil as do I, but I know a lot of you only have eyes for the other party being to blame and your own being spotless, no matter the circumstance. Get a grip.

    Where was your outrage over Bush signing assault weapons ban? Ohhh shhhhh don’t talk about that. It’s only the democrats that stand in your way, hate them with all you got.
    I hate them too but fore entirely different reasons than you Fox loving “conservatives” do. The same conservatives who cry up and down about education funding but have zero qualms about launching wars costing far more.

  6. All of you know this was G.Bush thing, Obama came in behind this not having all the
    information. For years the Rep. say the Demo are going to take away the guns and all
    of you run out and spend Millions to fill the Rich pockets like fools, So they say jump boy that’s a good doggy, now eat my crap “(how much)” good boy! (stupid people) can’t you see what is going on here. America is the land of free and capitalism, You are being played by your Rich Rep.

  7. I would just like to point out that both parties are corrupt and ignore the constitution when it suits them. I would also warn everybody to prepare for the coming economic collapse. I don’t think it’s a matter of if but when. I know that when that happens if the government declares martial law, and tries to take everyone’s guns it’s the end of America. I think it’s the only way they can get what they want which is to get rid of the constitution. Remember that the Federal Reserve is NOT federal, it is a private bank that controls our currency. Who controls the value of the U.S. Dollar, THOSE WHO CONTROL IT”S QUANTITY. -> THE FEDERAL RESERVE

  8. This thing stinks worse that a Deceased” human being laying in a 100 degree hot sun for 3 month`s ! Obama” And Holder” are as Guilty” of running Guns south of the border causing MANY Live`s to be lost ! They BOTH are as guilty , as if they each pulled the triggers on those weapons them self`s . If you think other wise , …. Why did” 17 house Democrates join WITH” 238 house Republicans to hold Holder in Contempt ? Well I`m sure they own it too them self`s , And ESP: The LAW” Abiding People of there district`s to know the True fact`s in those Fast & Furious documents , and the Real intent behind it all . Holder is playing a VERY Dangerous game here with his boss…. Obama” This thing Could” cause the Biggest Uprising this Country has ever seen ” If He” , and his Apointed ” US Attorney General , ARE Guilty of this gun running Scheam to Mexico . This Would Be” , a Very” Serious Federal ” Offense they have Both commited here , under ONE” of the US Federal Gun Control Laws ! I belive this is an all out effort by Obama” to gain World Wide gun control , with the help of Holder” And Hillery Clinton”….. the other part of this Scam” using Her” Appointed Powers to gain suport in the U N . These are Three of the Most” Dangerous Crimnal in the White House . They will stop at Nothing” to get there way , and think nobody can stop them ! Well I Remind them of this” Remember the Waco” Seage and attempedtake over , and force David Koresh and the other remaining Branch Davidians to turn over the Weapons ? Well you May experance the same REPEATED” history when that day come`s All over America! I like Many other legal law abiding American gun owners , Did Not” agree with a lot of what David Koresh did and stood for , with the EXCEPTION” of confiscating His Legal” weapon`s ! I like him” , is where This America , will finely draw the line from the US Government from crossing over it . The Waco Sherrif at that time didn`t understand Why Koresh , felt he have guns , well I say to him” , Re~read your histroy book`s, It`s to keep the Government from commiting every form of tyranny over the mind of man — Thomas Jefferson>; especially: oppressive power exerted by government . Enough Said here .

  9. As far as anything happening to Holder,you can wish in one hand and crap in the other and see which gets filled first. Absolutely nothing will happen to Teflon Holder or Obama.Yes, there will be a lot of hollering and screaming,but in the end,nada.With the public’s and press attention span of a 3 month cocker spaniel,it will fade into the background.The Republicans don’t have the will to put his feet to the fire,and the press will conveniently ignore it.It seems to be modus operandi with this administration blatantly lying through their teeth and pissing on the Constitution.[And getting away with everything!].Wait till November!!

  10. All i really need to know is that some one will be held responsible wether it be Eric Holder, Barack Obama, both or everyone in between. Good men have died behind this botched attempt at gun control and these fools must be held accountable! all the spelling and grammer police out there, find a school near you, volenteer your time, there are plenty of kids out there that need your help more than i do!

  11. Wait! Wha…? Commenter #1, are you confused, or did you even read the article above? Holder has already been cited for “Contempt of Congress” and confirmed by a majority vote in the House. The contempt citation, which doesn’t need Senate approval, now goes to the U.S. attorney in Washington to determine whether criminal prosecution is warranted.

    That said, maybe you are confused by the last paragraph in the article above. It is referring to a separate possible charge called a “Contempt of Court” charge, not a “Contempt of Congress” charge. And that may happen if they fail to turn over court ordered documents as requested in a law suit by the Gun Owners Foundation.

    Hope that clears things up for you and maybe some other readers.

  12. Woody, this situation strangly has the foul order of Watergate, and Monica Lewinski; the ole cover up! The liberal press won’t touch this of course, but it appears once it hits the courts the cat will be out of the bag! Lets hope that happens before the November election. I can only hope that this among other Obama actions will recreate the ground swell we saw in 2010.

  13. Finally, the House of representatives is beginning to act responsibility and move to stop widespread corruption in the Obama administration. I hope Holder refuses to produce the documents requested and gets sited for Contempt of Congress.

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