The House Oversight Committee has voted 23-17 to send a resolution finding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress to the full House. It was a straight party-line vote. The president’s assertion of executive privilege regarding the Fast and Furious documents did not do anything to deter congressional action.
House Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor said in a statement that a full House vote could come next week if Holder and the Justice Department don’t turn over the requested documents. “Despite being given multiple opportunities to provide the documents necessary for Congress’ investigation into Fast and Furious, Attorney General Holder continues to stonewall,” they said.
UPDATE: Cantor tweets, “Unless the Attorney General reevaluates his choice & supplies the promised documents, the House will vote to hold him in contempt next week.”
Country singer Charlie Daniels was even more pointed:” I hope the house don’t wimp out and panty waist their way out of a contempt citation on Holder A family lost a son and somebody needs to pay.”
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