History is being made. And all indications are that an
ugly situation is only going to get uglier.
Yesterday, the House Oversight Committee voted along strict party lines to
officially hold United States Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of
Congress. What is most telling about the 23-17 vote is that not a single Member
failed to vote, a rather unusual circumstance that underscores the historic
nature of the proceedings.
Believe it, people… none of this
would have been possible without your tireless efforts in insisting that
Congress take action!
This is not a witch-hunt. There must be something earth-shattering in the
documents that Holder has withheld for months in the face of a Congressional
subpoena because just moments before the vote President Obama tried
unsuccessfully to assert Executive Privilege over those same documents!
This is an election year, and the LAST thing Obama
wants to do is defend an underling who obviously has gone off the reservation!
So why did he take the extraordinary step of claiming Executive Privilege to try
and help out an employee who just might cost him the election?
Could it be the only explanation that makes sense is the
documents must show that knowledge of the Fast and Furious fiasco reached the
Oval Office, even though this administration has claimed for years that no one
who is anyone knew anything about it.
So where do we stand today, what is Congress likely to do, and how can we
affect the outcome?
Unfortunately, and unbelievably, leading Republicans appear ready to find a
way to let Holder and the Obama administration off the hook if they can!
here to insist that Congress tow the line!
In a joint statement released just moments after the historic vote, Speaker
of the House John Boehner (R-OH) and Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA)
“If… Holder produces these documents prior to the scheduled vote, we
will give the Oversight Committee an opportunity to review in hopes of resolving
pressure will keep Republicans from caving even when the end is in sight!
The “scheduled vote” the Republican leaders were talking about is the
unprecedented next step of having the entire House of Representatives vote to
hold Holder in contempt, which will result in actual criminal prosecution.
Since Republicans hold a majority, and 114 congressmen have cosponsored
(thanks to your earlier actions) a separate resolution finding that Congress has
“lost confidence” in the Attorney General is needed and that vote certainly can
Should the entire House find Holder
in contempt, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia will be forced to
convene a grand jury to consider criminal charges. Holder will go to jail
if found guilty.
The ONLY thing standing between truth and justice being served is the
recalcitrance of Republican Leadership. They MUST be forced to stand
act now by clicking here, we must keep the pressure on!