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Black Lawmakers Plot 'Walkout Strategy' During Holder Contempt Vote
National Journal ^ | 7/27/2012

Posted on 06/27/2012 3:43:48 PM PDT by Altura Ct.

The Congressional Black Caucus has called a members-only "emergency" meeting on Thursday to plot a "walkout strategy" ahead of the scheduled contempt vote of Attorney General Eric Holder later in the day.

The plans, detailed in an email from the executive director of the Congressional Black Caucus obtained by the Alley, include circulating a letter disapproving of the vote and having lawmakers walk out of the Capitol to hold a press conference during the roll call.

The letter, a draft of which is being circulated for signatures, accuses the GOP leadership of "rushing recklessly to a contempt vote." The letter is being circulated among the Black, Hispanic, Asian and Progressive caucuses, among other.

"We cannot and will not participate in a vote to hold the Attorney General in contempt," says the letter, in which the signers urge that "all members of Congress to stand with us during a press conference on the Capitol Building steps during this appalling series of votes to discuss our nation's most significant priority--creating jobs."

The House is expected to vote on Thursday hold Holder in contempt of Congress for refusing to release certain documents related to the failed "Fast and Furious" gun-running program.

At moments, the fight has taken on racial undertones, most notably when Holder, who is African American, told the New York Times in December 2011 that he served as a stand-in for GOP attacks on President Obama. "This is a way to get at the president because of the way I can be identified with him," Holder said, "both due to the nature of our relationship and, you know, the fact that we're both African-American."

A copy of the full draft letter is below:

Dear Colleague:

We write to urge you to stand with us in the pursuit of justice for the Attorney General of the United States of America, Eric H. Holder. In its history, the United States House of Representatives has never held a United States Attorney General, or any other Cabinet official, in contempt.

Instead of focusing on job creation and other critical issues before this Congress, we have been asked to engage in a political stunt on the floor of the United States House of Representatives. Our constituents elected us to do real work, not to engage in meaningless partisan activity.

Over the past 15 months, Attorney General Eric Holder and the Department of Justice have cooperated with the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform's requests for information on "Fast and Furious", an unfortunate operation that began under the Bush Administration and, in fact, was terminated by Attorney General Holder. The Department has made extraordinary efforts to accommodate Congress by turning over almost 8,000 documents--including all the documents that relate to the tactics in this investigation and the other flawed investigations that occurred in Arizona during the Bush Administration. The Attorney General also participated in a bicameral meeting in a good faith effort to satisfy the Committee's information requests. While the Attorney General has advised House Republicans that he is willing to work with them in attempting to reach an agreement, the Republican Leadership is instead rushing recklessly to a contempt vote.

Contempt power should be used sparingly, carefully and only in the most egregious situations. The Republican Leadership has articulated no legislative purpose for pursuing this course of action. For these reasons we cannot and will not participate in a vote to hold the Attorney General in contempt. We adamantly oppose this partisan attack and refuse to participate in any vote that would tarnish the image of Congress or of an Attorney General who has done nothing but work tirelessly to protect the rights of the American people. We must reflect upon why we are elected to this body and choose now to stand up for justice.

We call upon all members of Congress to stand with us during a press conference on the Capitol Building steps during this appalling series of votes to discuss our nation's most significant priority--creating jobs. At this critically important time in our nation, we must work as colleagues rather than political enemies.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; Mexico
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1 posted on 06/27/2012 3:43:52 PM PDT by Altura Ct.
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To: Altura Ct.

This news should not surprise anyone.
It was expected.


2 posted on 06/27/2012 3:45:51 PM PDT by tennmountainman
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To: Altura Ct.

The Congressional Black Caucus - racists all!


3 posted on 06/27/2012 3:46:11 PM PDT by SatinDoll (NO FOREIGN NATIONALS AS OUR PRESIDENT)
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To: Altura Ct.

Black liberation theology supporting corruption, how novel.

Pray for America


4 posted on 06/27/2012 3:46:25 PM PDT by bray (Power to We the People)
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To: Altura Ct.

Idiots. Every one of them. Holder is not under the microscope as a racist adventure. It is because he failed American law and jurisprudence. Then lied.

Then they wonder why racism continues on as they continue to stoke it. Fools, every one of them. bruddas to de en


5 posted on 06/27/2012 3:47:05 PM PDT by himno hero (hadnuff)
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To: Altura Ct.
After they walk out of the quorum, call for rules of order and find all of them in contempt and expel them from Congress!
6 posted on 06/27/2012 3:47:35 PM PDT by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: Altura Ct.
"rushing recklessly to a contempt vote."

How many months has it taken to get to this point?
7 posted on 06/27/2012 3:47:40 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Altura Ct.

So who is making it about race? Sounds like racism to me.


8 posted on 06/27/2012 3:47:45 PM PDT by Tammy8 (~Secure the border and deport all illegals- do it now! ~ Support our Troops!~)
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To: Altura Ct.

Allen West won’t.


9 posted on 06/27/2012 3:47:49 PM PDT by SwinneySwitch (Follow the money on both sides of the border.)
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To: Altura Ct.

Judging someone by the color of his/her skin=racism.

They support holder b/c he is black.

Thus (ta dah!) cbc = racist.

But everyone here knows that.


10 posted on 06/27/2012 3:48:01 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Guns Walked -- People Died -- Holder Lied -- Obama Golfed (thanks, Secret Agent Man))
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To: Altura Ct.

So we should overlook criminal activity based on melanin?


11 posted on 06/27/2012 3:48:28 PM PDT by lurk
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To: Altura Ct.

Cong Black Caucus is a Black Racist organization. Why it is still around is puzzling, since these same Black Racists would be screaming bloody murder if there was a White Congressional Caucus.

Maybe they should also get hoodies and make signs saying “Justice For Holder”. Not the first time a Black Racist organization would be protecting a Black criminal


12 posted on 06/27/2012 3:48:54 PM PDT by SeminoleCounty (When I said "close the borders", I did not mean the bookstore chain)
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To: Altura Ct.

Let ‘em walk out. I’d like to see them keep on walking back to whatever rotten district they came from...


13 posted on 06/27/2012 3:48:54 PM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: Altura Ct.

Dear Lord, is there no end to the immaturity of Democrats? How does anybody justify voting for these people?


14 posted on 06/27/2012 3:50:31 PM PDT by originalbuckeye
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To: Altura Ct.

“Rushing recklessly to a contempt vote” - after over a year??? Get real.


15 posted on 06/27/2012 3:50:38 PM PDT by beethovenfan (If Islam is the solution, the "problem" must be freedom.)
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To: Altura Ct.
Another CBC FAIL!
16 posted on 06/27/2012 3:50:45 PM PDT by jazusamo ("Intellect is not wisdom" -- Thomas Sowell)
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To: himno hero

Mexico is Racist!

Mexican lawmakers want to extradite US officials over Fast And Furious which resulted in the deaths of hundreds of innocent Mexican people (including children)

http://hotair.com/archives/2011/07/05/video-mexican-officials-want-fast-furious-officials-extradited-for-trial/


17 posted on 06/27/2012 3:51:10 PM PDT by tsowellfan (Should Obama recuse himself from making any decisions on immigration?)
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To: Altura Ct.
The Congressional Black Caucus has called a members-only "emergency" meeting on Thursday to plot a "walkout strategy" ahead of the scheduled contempt vote of Attorney General Eric Holder later in the day.

And they can KEEP WALKING right out of MY HOUSE!

Get the HELL out of MY HOUSE and LEAVE for good to do NO MORE HARM to MY COUNTRY, or any citizen there in!

Go AWAY! LEAVE! If they aren't willing to uphold the law they can just go away and let the adults run the show for a while!

This is NOT the thing to circle the wagons around... If they do this then they should be arrested for interfering with a criminal investigation.

I have had enough of stupid a$$ed democrat sh*t. Enough already...

18 posted on 06/27/2012 3:51:10 PM PDT by bayliving (Freedom isn't free...)
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To: Altura Ct.

OOOOOHH! How snottily socially aware... how 9th grade (if any of them made it that far.


19 posted on 06/27/2012 3:52:08 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Timber Rattler

If they walk out can the vote go on without them?


20 posted on 06/27/2012 3:52:40 PM PDT by tsowellfan (Should Obama recuse himself from making any decisions on immigration?)
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To: Altura Ct.
Oh, this will insure they get the black vote in November.

Of course, they already had the black vote, but this will solidify the black vote ...once again. I predict they will do something similar about ten more times in the next five months ...to get the black vote. I'm pretty sure they will get the black vote.

21 posted on 06/27/2012 3:52:59 PM PDT by The Citizen Soldier
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To: tennmountainman

democrats are good a walking out, even running to a different state....LOL IDIOTS....


22 posted on 06/27/2012 3:53:10 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: Altura Ct.

If the Black Crook Caucus walks out, the average IQ in the chamber will go up by 30 points.


23 posted on 06/27/2012 3:53:55 PM PDT by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
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To: Altura Ct.; Joe Brower; Travis McGee; LucyT; vette6387; MetaThought; 60Gunner; XHogPilot; ...

Not a single full conscience between them...excluding Allen West.


24 posted on 06/27/2012 3:54:00 PM PDT by MestaMachine (obama kills)
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To: Altura Ct.

A childish tantrum from immature adults.


25 posted on 06/27/2012 3:54:04 PM PDT by Erik Latranyi (When religions have to beg the gov't for a waiver, we are already under socialism.)
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To: Altura Ct.

After the outrageous behavior by Dems in WI . . . they flee rather than stand up and debate or discuss an issue.

I saw a press conference yesterday about it and black after black after black stood and said how racist this is.

Can we help it if Holder is an incompetent and lawless jerk? Just so happens he is a black incompetent and lawless jerk.


26 posted on 06/27/2012 3:54:53 PM PDT by Qwackertoo (Gingrich/West 2012)
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To: Altura Ct.

And what does the Congressional White Caucus have to say about this?

Oh wait, there isn’t a CWC.

You people are racist.

Hey CBC, good riddance!


27 posted on 06/27/2012 3:54:57 PM PDT by Kevin in California
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To: Altura Ct.
OK.


All that means is that they would rather


PLAY THE RACISM CARD
than
DEAL WITH THE ISSUE!!

28 posted on 06/27/2012 3:55:24 PM PDT by djf ("There are more old drunkards than old doctors." - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: beethovenfan

I think thei name should be officially changed to “Angry Black Caucus”.


29 posted on 06/27/2012 3:55:33 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Altura Ct.

“People of Color should not be held to the same standards of honesty and ethics that white people are. We’re a nation of skin color, not of laws.”


30 posted on 06/27/2012 3:55:33 PM PDT by OrangeHoof (Our economy won't heal until one particular black man is unemployed.)
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To: Altura Ct.
Petition to Congress: Holder Must Go!

IMPORTANT UPDATE: The full House of Representatives is expected to hold a “Contempt Of Congress” vote against Attorney General Eric Holder THIS WEEK. To be included in the petition delivery prior to that vote, sign today.

http://www.grassfire.com/191/petition.asp

31 posted on 06/27/2012 3:55:50 PM PDT by tsowellfan (Should Obama recuse himself from making any decisions on immigration?)
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To: Altura Ct.

Don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out!

They can’t win so they are going home.

Don’t bother coming back, nobody will miss you.


32 posted on 06/27/2012 3:56:01 PM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: cripplecreek

""rushing recklessly to a contempt vote."

How many months has it taken to get to this point?

Exactly.

33 posted on 06/27/2012 3:56:14 PM PDT by Qbert ("The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry" - William F. Buckley, Jr.)
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To: Altura Ct.
Wish I could be there.

I'd have a big sign that says "Why is Obama hiding the documents that prove Holder is innocent?"

34 posted on 06/27/2012 3:56:16 PM PDT by tacticalogic ("Oh, bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: SatinDoll

Truly a show of colors. It’s about skin color not about PRINCIPLE, Now we know who the real racists are in Congress. Let them stand and walk out.


35 posted on 06/27/2012 3:56:31 PM PDT by rovenstinez
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To: Altura Ct.

What are black people crying about? No black people were murdered because of “Fast and Furious”, they were ALL MEXICANS. If I were a Mexican I would really be pissed at that racist Eric Holder, giving away guns so that ONLY MEXICANS are murdered. Eric Holder only wants Mexicans killed, that is why he is giving away guns that get only Mexicans killed and he is a RACIST.


36 posted on 06/27/2012 3:57:00 PM PDT by 12chachacha
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To: Altura Ct.
friggin Commie racists... feh
37 posted on 06/27/2012 3:57:09 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: djf

was Alan West invited?


38 posted on 06/27/2012 3:57:09 PM PDT by DIRTYSECRET
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To: Altura Ct.
"...information on "Fast and Furious", an unfortunate operation that began under the Bush Administration..."

Somebody needs to tell these black racist idiots to stop lying.

39 posted on 06/27/2012 3:57:19 PM PDT by rogue yam
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To: Altura Ct.

There aren’t enought members of the black caucus to defeat quorum if they do walk out, are there? If not, then, “ I’ll see ya - wouldn’t wanna be ya.”


40 posted on 06/27/2012 3:57:30 PM PDT by circlecity
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To: Altura Ct.

Because all black people are good? Melanin prevents corruption? I’d like to see the science on this.


41 posted on 06/27/2012 3:57:49 PM PDT by Yaelle
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To: Altura Ct.

Who gives a RAT’S rear end if the door hits them in the @$$ on the way out?


42 posted on 06/27/2012 3:57:57 PM PDT by kenmcg (How)
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To: lurk

The way Withholder would say it is that if it’s done by a person of much melanin it can’t be a crime. Black people, for instance, cannot commit race crimes. It’s physically impossible. He’s actually claimed that.

It’s not just that crimes by blacks have to be ignored; it’s that there CAN’T BE any crimes committed by black people. When a black person threatens another black person at the voting booth, or when a black kills another black... nothing to see, according to Eric Withholder.


43 posted on 06/27/2012 3:58:08 PM PDT by butterdezillion
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On what grounds? By what authority? WITH WHAT EVIDENCE?


44 posted on 06/27/2012 3:58:17 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
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To: originalbuckeye
How does anybody justify voting for these people?

The politicians are not the only corrupt people in this equation.

45 posted on 06/27/2012 3:58:53 PM PDT by papertyger ("And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if..."))
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To: Altura Ct.

” The letter is being circulated among the Black, Hispanic, Asian and Progressive caucuses, among other.”

Is there an American caucus?


46 posted on 06/27/2012 3:58:53 PM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin (The democratic party is the greatest cargo cult in history.)
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To: Altura Ct.

At their meeting they will be led in a discussion titled: “The Capsizing of Guam Should Marines Land”, by Hank Johnson (D-Georgia).


47 posted on 06/27/2012 3:59:35 PM PDT by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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Once they get outside the chamber, they should vote on a bill outlawing consideration of race or ethnicity in any government program.


48 posted on 06/27/2012 4:00:14 PM PDT by stranger and pilgrim
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To: Altura Ct.

If they do not appreciate the right of the House to obtain information, they don’t belong in the House. If they want to put skin color over the rights of Congress, fine. Go, please.


49 posted on 06/27/2012 4:00:42 PM PDT by popdonnelly (The first priority is get Obama out of the White House.)
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To: Altura Ct.

——an unfortunate operation that began under the Bush Administration and, in fact, was terminated by Attorney General Holder. The Department has made extraordinary efforts to accommodate Congress by turning over almost 8,000 documents—including all the documents that relate to the tactics in this investigation and the other flawed investigations that occurred in Arizona during the Bush Administration——

An unfortunate operation ???
A Bush operation ???
Extraordinary efforts ???

These people have no shame....


50 posted on 06/27/2012 4:00:54 PM PDT by Popman (When you elect a clown: expect a circus...)
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