Skip to comments.House committee schedules contempt vote against Holder
Posted on 06/11/2012 6:36:46 AM PDT by Raebie
(CBS News) CBS News has learned the House Oversight Committee will vote next week on whether to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress. It's the fourth time in 30 years that Congress has launched a contempt action against an executive branch member.
This time, the dispute stems from Holder failing to turn over documents subpoenaed on October 12, 2011 in the Fast and Furious "gunwalking" investigation.
The Justice Department has maintained it has cooperated fully with the congressional investigation, turning over tens of thousands of documents and having Holder testify to Congress on the topic at least eight times.
However, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., says the Justice Department has refused to turn over tens of thousands of pages of documents. Those include materials created after Feb. 4, 2011, when the Justice Department wrote a letter to Congress saying no gunwalking had occurred. The Justice Department later retracted the denial.
"The Obama Administration has not asserted Executive Privilege or any other valid privilege over these materials and it is unacceptable that the Department of Justice refuses to produce them. These documents pertain to Operation Fast and Furious, the claims of whistleblowers, and why it took the Department nearly a year to retract false denials of reckless tactics," Issa wrote in an announcement of the vote to be released shortly. It will reveal the vote is scheduled for Wednesday, June 20.
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Well, well, well...
Top Of the Justice Department accused of criminal behavior.
Just the start of many in this administration. Obama appointed Czars because their background could not pass muster with approval by congress.
So? How are they going to get him out?
They’re not. He’ll thumb is nose at it.
Capitol police have handcuffs.
I’d like to see that.
Yeah, sure. /s/
Boehner votes no. He needs to be dumped as speaker in January.
So what happens if they actually muster the cajones to hold him in contempt....a strongly worded letter ?
The committee votes on a resolution that would then, if passed, go to the full house "committee" (the entire house) for a vote. I'm not sure, if that is passed, if it needs another vote by the full house. Then, he is in "contempt".
Once that happens, he can be impeached.
Waiting for race card to be played.....
Holder will ignore this just like he ignores everything Congress asks him to do.
This is all great and fine, but I see another set up coming.
The repubs follow the laws and guidelines and the dimrats just thumb their nose at the law.
Clinton was impeached in the repub house, but the dim house ignored the whole event.
IF holder is held in contempt, he will just ignore it and run out the clock. That puts the repubs in the position to enforce the law against a black dimocrat official.
oh yeah like that’s going to happen.
Why wait a week?
This is a House Oversight Committee vote; not a full vote of the House. Boehner won’t be voting. OTOH, I’ll assume Issa feels he has the committee Republicans locked in if he’s comfortable scheduling a vote.
What are the consequences if he is held in contempt?