255-67 vote by the House of Representatives to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress
The House voted 255-67 to hold Mr. Holder in criminal contempt in a vote that amounted to a political spanking for the attorney general and President Obama, underscored by the 17 Democrats who joined Republicans.
The vote marks the first time an attorney general has been held in contempt by a chamber of Congress.
Holder repeatedly did not comply with a subpoena issued last October by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Instead, he successfully appealed to President Barack Obama to claim executive privilege at the last minute in an attempt to shield the documents from Congressional review
"As the highest ranking law enforcement officer in the nation, the attorney general is not above the law.The only conceivable reason that Holder and the Obama administration do not want to turn these documents over," said Alan Gottlieb, Chairman,Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms "is that they contain damning evidence of either incompetence or complicity, or both."
"We are proud," Gottlieb noted, "of the 17 Democrats who joined the Republican majority on this vote. This was not about partisanship, but accountability and transparency. Fast and Furious has a body count, and so long as people provide cover to the attorney general, the blood is on their hands."
Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/06/28/4597215/contempt-vote-against-holder-was.html#storylink=cpy
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