News |   Obits |   Sports |   Business |   Opinion |   Things to Do |   Life |   Blogs |   Photos |   Video |   Data |   Jobs |   Homes |   Autos |   Buy/Sell


House holds Holder in contempt

Thursday, June 28, 2012 5:14 PM
Last updated 10:20 PM
  • Follow Latest News

WASHINGTON — The House has approved a precedent-setting resolution to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in criminal contempt of Congress. It was the first time a sitting Cabinet member has been held in contempt.

A number of Democrats boycotted Thursday's vote.

Republicans pushed through the resolution because Holder did not turn over documents related to a botched gun-tracking operation known as Fast and Furious.

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee wants Justice Department records from a 10-month period after February 2011. That month, the department initially denied guns were allowed to be purchased in Arizona and be taken to Mexico. In early December that year, the department acknowledged the assertion was wrong.

A separate vote will be held to hold the attorney general in civil contempt.

Comments (13) Add comment
ADVISORY: Users are solely responsible for opinions they post here and for following agreed-upon rules of civility. Posts and comments do not reflect the views of this site. Posts and comments are automatically checked for inappropriate language, but readers might find some comments offensive or inaccurate. If you believe a comment violates our rules, click the "Flag as offensive" link below the comment.
Jake
31693
Points
Jake 06/28/12 - 05:34 pm
5
1
So What?

In 2007 the Democrat controlled House cited White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolton and former White House counsel Harriet Miers for refusing to testify in the alleged politically motivated firings of US attorney's. Where did that go? Nowhere, like this one will. There is no accountability in either party.

Conservative Man
5305
Points
Conservative Man 06/28/12 - 05:36 pm
8
1
Remember..

Remember, this makes all of us conservatives racists, right?....

kissofdeath
397
Points
kissofdeath 06/28/12 - 06:06 pm
2
8
It's time to let these

It's time to let these extereme GOPers and their radical friends know that we won't them out. Get out and vote and show these Republicans who's boss.

CobaltGeorge
150910
Points
CobaltGeorge 06/28/12 - 06:46 pm
5
2
Lets Add This To The Murder

Eric Holder Covers Up for Radical Islamists

http://www.radicalislam.org/analysis/eric-holder-covers-radical-islamists

You won't hear this on the NEWS.

Riverman1
79695
Points
Riverman1 06/28/12 - 06:46 pm
7
1
How about the Democrats

How about the Democrats siding with ALL the Republicans?

CobaltGeorge
150910
Points
CobaltGeorge 06/28/12 - 07:44 pm
4
2
Wonder

How many will take the time to view my 6:46 link. Their are many 3rd world countries that have a better government than America has at this time.

KSL
122132
Points
KSL 06/28/12 - 07:59 pm
7
2
Owensjef, I think your 6:01

Owensjef, I think your 6:01 comment is inappropriate.

specsta
6108
Points
specsta 06/28/12 - 08:33 pm
3
10
The Republicans Nobody Wants

The Republicans continue to show their racist and polarizing ways. What a shameful act they have committed as elected officials, to hold a Cabinet member, our Attorney General, in contempt. It took these politicians less than a week to bring this action, while other officials who have been charged with contempt average two months before any action is taken. Clearly, the seeds of racism have taken root in this Congress.

Toss in a threat from the NRA against the Republicans, that their vote for or against Holder will be used as a scorecard to rate lawmakers, and you have a clear definition that our Republican members of Congress have been bought and sold to the highest bidder. Their work is not for the people, but for the special interest groups, lobbyists, and right-wing factions.

Republican members of Congress should be ashamed of themselves. This is beyond reprehensible.

Willow Bailey
20580
Points
Willow Bailey 06/28/12 - 09:33 pm
7
3
Oh, absolutely, right...

What are those nasty Republican's thinking? Eric Holder is above the law. The unmitigated nerve of them to question his motives or actions. It's just plain despicable behavior.

DMPerryJr
1698
Points
DMPerryJr 06/28/12 - 09:39 pm
6
0
Dems Are For

the people?

Surely you jest.

Neither "party" is the "Party of The People". They are, for the most part, rich criminals who have nothing on their minds but the enrichment of themselves their cronies in DC and elsewhere - to the detriment of everyday Americans.

I'd elaborate more, but certain provisions contained in the Patriot Act as well as common sense prevent me from typing a tome expressing my utter cynicism and contempt.

Willow Bailey
20580
Points
Willow Bailey 06/28/12 - 09:56 pm
4
2
I tend to agree, DMPerryJr.

And add to your comment: One more comment option needed...

"Flag for review" "Ignore User" and "Barf Bag Request".

KSL
122132
Points
KSL 06/29/12 - 07:47 am
2
0
Interesting facts

255-67 vote for criminal contempt
17 dems for
more than 100 dems absent

258-95 for civil contempt
21 dems for
70 dems absent

Iwannakno
1533
Points
Iwannakno 06/29/12 - 08:09 am
1
1
Yeah racism
Unpublished

I always find it racist when people hide behind the very thing they claim to represent. Where is agent Terry's day in court? Holder is guilty at least of reckless endangerment and not because he's "the black guy" but because of his foolish decision about fast and furious and his antics of trying to hide behind his office. Pathetic, just like this whole administration and every politician in Washington.

Conservative Man
5305
Points
Conservative Man 06/29/12 - 03:42 pm
1
0
Specsta, see my 5:36 post.

The race card makes it easier to deflate ANY criticism of ANYone a conservative disagrees with....It's also so VERY intellectually lazy....
What's shameful is 100 Representatives walked out on the family of the agent that was killed and have sided with the guy who was likely responsible for the program that killed him....THAT'S what's shameful.....

Back to Top

Top headlines

Property tax jump OK'd

Augusta commissioners broke a seven-year trend Wednesday and agreed 7-0 to raise property taxes by 1.75 mills to cover a deficit and provide employees a small bonus.
Search Augusta jobs