US House of Representatives Votes to Attorney General Eric Holder in Criminal and Civil Contempt of Congress over ‘Fast and Furious’


The US House of Representatives voted Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress over his obstruction in handing over documents with the ‘Fast and Furious’ government gun walking program. Democrats House minority leader Pelosi Holder Obama, the liberal MSM and the numerous Democrats have called it a political witch hunt. The criminal contempt of vote was 255-67. However, that is hard to say this vote was political AG Holder when 17 Democrats crossed party lines and voted to find Eric Holder in contempt of Congress. The House also passed civil contempt of Congress  258 – 95.

The House of Representatives voted to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress Thursday for failing to provide documents relating to the Fast and Furious gunwalking program.

The House took two votes, one on criminal contempt charges, which passed 255-67. The criminal contempt of Congress is likely not to go anywhere as the Justice Department, which Holder heads, is the department responsible for opening a criminal investigation.

The second charge, which passed 258 – 95, was a civil contempt charge, could move to federal court where it could take years to litigate. Though the action puts more pressure on the administration to abide by the subpoenas and provide requested documents.

The Democratic Party was split on the action. Seventeen members voted with the Republicans to hold Holder in criminal contempt while just under two dozen voted to hold him in civil contempt. But most, led by the Congressional Black Caucus, walked off the floor to protest the vote, which they called “appalling.”


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    9 Responses to “US House of Representatives Votes to Attorney General Eric Holder in Criminal and Civil Contempt of Congress over ‘Fast and Furious’”

    1. Tamikosmom on June 28th, 2012 8:36 pm

      Rep. West charges Black Caucus of supporting Holder because of ‘the color of his skin’
      06/28/12 05:00 PM ET

      Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) on Thursday blasted his fellow members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) for staging a walkout on a contempt vote by the House against Attorney General Eric Holder.

      “Today the Congressional Black Caucus and other liberal Members of Congress judged the Attorney General by the color of his skin, and not by the content of his character,” he wrote on his Facebook page. “I am disappointed my colleagues would rather engage in a political stunt to distract the American people from knowing the truth behind the Attorney General’s disregard of the law and disrespect of congressional oversight to provide requested documents.”

      West, an outspoken freshman congressman and a Tea Party favorite, is the only Republican member of the CBC. He voted in favor of the contempt resolution.

      “Lady Justice wears a blindfold because she represents objectivity — in that justice is or should be meted out objectively, without fear or favor, regardless of identity, money, power, gender or race,” he wrote.

    2. rightknight on June 28th, 2012 9:10 pm

      So the Congressional Black Caucus walked
      out and left the Congressional White Caucus
      alone in the room? How many different
      Caucuses are there in Congress anyway?

    3. Scared Monkeys on June 28th, 2012 10:06 pm

      What disrespect to the family of Brian Terry. The walk out was kinda trumped by the fact that 17 Democrats voted to find him in contempt of Congress. Some one needs to remind the Black caucus, its not about the color of one’s skin, its about the content of one’s character.

    4. Buster on June 29th, 2012 12:04 am

      So what is his sentence ??? Is he going to jail tonight ??? What is going to happen ???

    5. NGBoston on June 29th, 2012 6:24 am

      Oh, Lord help us!

      This is BULLSHIT

    6. super dave on June 29th, 2012 7:11 am

      the walkout by the black caucus was blatant racism. don’t forget that pelosi and her thug sidekicks also supported this racism.
      holder is guilty and needs to be arrested along with obama today, no questions asked, no rights.

    7. A Texas Grandfather on June 29th, 2012 9:31 am

      I am not suprised at the behavior of the Democrats in congress. If things don’t go their way, they have a tendency to run away and hide.
      Behaving as a six year old when they don’t get their way. If you don’t do what I want, I’ll just pick up my toys and go home.

      To the Democrats this never about facts or reality, it is all about making a show. It doesn’t matter that an act or acts by the DOJ to run guns into Mexico is illegal and that at least two Americans have been killed along with hundreds of Mexicans because of the need to make some political speech by Obama look good.

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