House Committee Schedules Contempt Vote Against Holder

(CBS News) CBS News has learned the House Oversight Committee will vote next week on whether to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress. It’s the fourth time in 30 years that Congress has launched a contempt action against an executive branch member.

This time, the dispute stems from Holder failing to turn over documents subpoenaed on October 12, 2011 in the Fast and Furious “gunwalking” investigation.

The Justice Department has maintained it has cooperated fully with the congressional investigation, turning over tens of thousands of documents and having Holder testify to Congress on the topic at least eight times.

However, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., says the Justice Department has refused to turn over tens of thousands of pages of documents. Those include materials created after Feb. 4, 2011, when the Justice Department wrote a letter to Congress saying no gunwalking had occurred. The Justice Department later retracted the denial.

“The Obama Administration has not asserted Executive Privilege or any other valid privilege over these materials and it is unacceptable that the Department of Justice refuses to produce them. These documents pertain to Operation Fast and Furious, the claims of whistleblowers, and why it took the Department nearly a year to retract false denials of reckless tactics,” Issa wrote in an announcement of the vote to be released shortly. It will reveal the vote is scheduled for Wednesday, June 20.

Read More at CBS News. By Sharyl Attkison.

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2 comments to House Committee Schedules Contempt Vote Against Holder

  • ItsJo

    Why have they waited so long, and put up with Holder's stonewalling, lying, giving convoluted answers to confuse and delay them furthering their investigation? This has been WAY TOO LONG, in complying with kid gloves on Holder AND Obama, who are 'joined at the hip in these covert operations/tactics against the American people. Not only should he BE held in contempt, he SHOULD BE REMOVED FROM OFFICE, AS YOU KNOW, HE IS LYING AND HE HAD THE CONSENT OF OBAMA. THIS IS THE WORST, MOST CORRUPT REGIME EVER THAT I CAN REMEMBER.
    THEY ARE LAWLESS, ARROGANT, BYPASSED CONGRESS AND DID WHATEVER THEY WANT, AND FLAUNT THE LAW OF THE LAND,- OUR CONSTITUTION. THIS CORRUPTION AND AGENDA TO BRING AMERICA DOWN IS ENOUGH ALREADY.

    • upaces88

      I don't think there has EVER been this much corruption in D.C. since the very beginning. Yes, we had the Watergate but good grief! This makes Watergate look like child's play.

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