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Breaking: House Speaker OKs Attorney General Contempt Citation

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) released the following statement today after the House Oversight & Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) announced the committee will vote on a Contempt of Congress citation for U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder for his failure to fully comply with the investigation into Operation “Fast and Furious” [wherein the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearm and Explosives enabled gun sales to Mexican cartel members, contributing to the death of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry [above], Customs and Immigrations Enforcement Agent Jaime Zapata and an unknown number of Mexican civilians] . . .

The Justice Department is out of excuses. Congress has given Attorney General Holder more than enough time to fully cooperate with its investigation into ‘Fast and Furious,’ and to help uncover the circumstances regarding the death of Border Agent Brian Terry. Agent Terry’s family, the whistleblowers who brought this issue to light, and the American people deserve answers. Either the Justice Department turns over the information requested, or Congress will have no choice but to move forward with holding the Attorney General in contempt for obstructing an ongoing investigation.


  1. avatar John Fritz says:

    Snowball. Hell.

    I’ve got my fingers crossed though. But I suspect that Daddy O has Eric’s back.

  2. avatar Guy says:

    I have to say- it would be a brilliant campaign move for Obama to sell Holder out, assuming he couldn’t be implicated. I’d (almost) vote for him.

  3. avatar AZRon says:

    Congress is slow on the uptake. Logical people have considered eric holder contemptible for years.

    1. avatar virtualjohn says:

      Without a doubt!

  4. avatar ST says:

    Better late than never.

  5. avatar Aharon says:

    “The Justice Department is out of excuses.”

    The JOD is out of control and is behaving like a renegade cartel.

    1. avatar Aharon says:

      make that DOJ 🙂

      1. avatar soccerchainsaw says:

        Of course lately it would seem to be more accurate to call it the Department of Injustice.

  6. avatar Joseph says:

    Will be interesting how the O-Team spins this one.

    1. avatar Ralph says:

      We already know. Alibi No. 1: it’s a vast right-wing conspiracy. Alibi No. 2: blame Bush.

      Same old same old.

      1. avatar Dyspeptic says:

        You forgot one Ralph. Alibi No. 3 : play the race card.

        1. avatar Aharon says:

          Alibi #4: Blame the need to modernize and reform the US Constitution and Bill of Rights.

          Alibi #5: Blame Congress for tying the hands of the Executive Branch and making coordination difficult causing the fiasco.

          Alibi #6: Blame The Truth About Guns for causing a collapse in the people’s confidence in the Sovereign Central US Government.

          Alibi#7: Blame the unhealthy sugar heavy diet of the ATF Agents causing them not to do their job’s right. Then call for new regulations to govern the diet of the American people.

        2. avatar Ralph says:

          Dyspeptic, you got me on that one. Holder played the race card during his testimony last week.

  7. avatar caffeinated says:

    I see where one presidential pardon might be used.

  8. avatar Derek says:

    So what does this mean, exactly? What happens if/when they vote and find him in contempt? Will he actually face jail time or is it just a “sternly worded letter”?

    1. avatar Derek says:

      Nvrmnd. I just read Matt in FL post on the other one.

  9. avatar LongPurple says:

    Long overdue action.
    It’s still a long way from a committee vote to a guilty judgement.

  10. avatar Curzen says:

    about time

  11. avatar Accur81 says:

    Definitely contemptible.

    Cue the excuses…

  12. avatar bontai Joe says:

    The gears of a democratic republic turn ever so slowly sometimes, but at least we can see some members of congress are still working on the problem.

  13. avatar Ben Eli says:

    I was watching this on C-SPAN. It didn’t look good for Holder, and F&F wasn’t the only judicial indiscretion Holder was being held responsible for. I only caught the questioning for a few minutes and it didn’t look good.

  14. avatar Sanchanim says:

    Simply put if he is found in contempt which I think he will then it is like anyone else who refuses to name a source or hand over information.
    I bet the shredders at the DOJ are working overtime right now. My only hope is they get the information they need before it is all gone.
    I don’t care who is in office, the behavior was criminal period.

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