Washington, D.C. –
The House of Representatives has just voted to hold US Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress in a vote with 255 voting for the measure and 67 voting against it.
The vote by the House was so heated, the 42-member Congressional Black Caucus walked out ahead of the vote saying “Contempt power should be used sparingly, carefully and only in the most egregious situations,… The Republican leadership has articulated no legislative purpose for pursuing this course of action. For these reasons, we cannot and will not participate in a vote to hold the attorney general in contempt.”
House Republicans have been critical of Holder who say he has not given them certain documents they are demanding, saying they are just wanting to find out what went wrong in the “Fast and Furious” operation in which guns were allowed to be sold knowing they would be transported over the border to Mexico hoping they would be able to trace crimes and cartels.
Instead, two guns were found at the scene of a U.S. Border Patrol agent who was killed by a bullet from one of those guns being tracked.
An email from Holders office that has been obtained by congressional investigators says that he “just wants to get to the bottom of it” as fast as possible.
There are two contempt charges, one criminal, and one civil. The civil contempt will allow Congress to sue Holder in court.
Obama has claimed executive privilege preventing any further documents from being released, putting Holder in a complicated situation.
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