HOLDER CONTEMPT VOTE WILL PROCEED
Jun 27, 2012 0 Comments Pat Dollard
– U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will face a contempt vote by the
Republican-controlled House of Representatives after lawmakers and the
Justice Department failed to resolve a dispute over documents related to
a botched gun-running probe, House Speaker John Boehner said on
The House is scheduled to vote on Thursday on whether to charge the
nation’s top law enforcement officer with contempt of Congress related
to his withholding of documents in the “Fast and Furious” gun-running
sting operation on the U.S.-Mexico border.
The White House has asserted executive privilege over some of the documents.
Legal analysts say there is little Congress could do to enforce a
contempt citation against the attorney general. Normally it would be up
to the Justice Department, which Holder heads, to enforce a contempt
“We’d really rather not be there. We’d really rather have the
attorney general and the president work with us to get to the bottom of a
very serious issue,” Boehner told reporters, referring to the vote by
the full House.
Boehner said that Republicans have given the Obama administration
“ample opportunity” to comply with the committee’s requests for
“Unfortunately, they’re not willing to show the American people the
truth about what happened. It’s an unfortunate place where we are,”
Besides voting on the contempt charge against Holder, the House also
is planning to consider a second resolution to ask U.S. courts to force
Holder to turn over the documents. Some legal experts also doubt courts
would want to get involved in the dispute, particularly when it involves
a claim of executive privilege.
House Republicans are trying to determine whether high-ranking
administration officials knew the true nature of Fast and Furious but
withheld it from congressional investigators.
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