Eric Holder on Contempt Vote: I'm Getting Back to Work, Republicans Should Too
[The vote to hold him in contempt] "may make for good political theater in the minds of some, but it is - at base - both a crass effort and a grave disservice to the American people."
"Whatever the path that this matter will now follow, it will not distract me or the men and women of the Department of Justice from the important tasks that are our responsibility," Holder said. "A great deal of work for the American people remains to be done - I'm getting back to it. I suggest that those who orchestrated today's vote do the same."
The House has approved a civil contempt of Congress resolution against Holder. The vote was 258-95. Earlier, via Politico:
The House has voted to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress, the latest fallout from the "Fast and Furious" scandal. The vote was 255-67, with 17 Democrats joining the majority Republicans in voting yes.[More...]
Democrats walked out during the vote in protest.
Holder should not give in to the Republican's whine-fest. They could care less about guns going to Mexico. They care about creating an issue in November.
In the 16-month investigation by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Democrats were not allowed to call one witness; and they were refused the chance to call former key players in these operations to testify, including former Attorney General Michael Mukasey and former ATF Director Ken Melson. The oversight committee has no credibility in calling this an investigation; it’s pure political theatre.
Also today, New e-mails were disclosed today showing Holder didn't know and demanded answers.
Republicans make disastrous choices when they get to appoint Attorney Generals: John Ashcroft? Alberto Gonzales? Just like they make bad choices when they get to appoint federal judges and Supreme Court Justices.
The Republicans are really showing their desperation. At least we get a chance to vote them out in November. And we will.
Memo to Eric Holder: Hang tough.
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