CBS: House Oversight to vote on contempt charges against Holder

posted at 9:21 am on June 11, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

House Oversight chair Darrell Issa will bring contempt charges against Attorney General Eric Holder up for a vote on the committee next week, reports Sharyl Attkisson of CBS News, a result of months-long frustrations over stonewalling and deception from the Department of Justice in the probe of Operation Fast and Furious.  Issa is aiming at Wednesday, June 20th as the day for the vote:

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.

The question will be whether Issa can get any of the Oversight Democrats to vote along with him.  Some Democrats in Congress have grumbled about Holder and the pattern of obfuscation and stonewalling in this investigation.  Hundreds of people in Mexico have died from the release of these weapons, after all, and at least two US law-enforcement officers have been killed with those weapons.  More will undoubtedly follow on both sides of the border.  That puts some pressure on Democrats to be seen as taking some kind of action, but a contempt charge may be too far for most of them, if not all.

Still, it’s difficult to see what other option Issa has at this point.  Holder has made it clear that he won’t cooperate, and has taken to bald-faced lies in Congress.  Last week’s insistence that an e-mail that discussed Fast and Furious didn’t actually refer to OF&F was the final straw for Holder’s credibility as a witness and as the nation’s top law-enforcement officer.  The sheer absurdity of that performance might make it impossible for some Democrats to avoid a yes vote on a contempt charge — if not on the Oversight Committee, then on the House floor once the committee passes the resolution.


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Guilty.

22044 on June 11, 2012 at 9:23 AM

About flippin’ time.

Flora Duh on June 11, 2012 at 9:23 AM

June just keeps getting better & better…

OmahaConservative on June 11, 2012 at 9:23 AM

Rogue Administration, and I don’t mean that in a good way.

JimK on June 11, 2012 at 9:24 AM

Hopefully something will come of it, I kind of doubt it though.

Blacksoda on June 11, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Hundreds of dead Hispanics and no concern from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus?

Perhaps Hispanics should play the race card on Democrats who don’t support contempt.

Barrack on June 11, 2012 at 9:25 AM

I would like to know what happens if this vote goes forward and succeeds, does this go to a Federal Court?

jackal40 on June 11, 2012 at 9:26 AM

Toss his butt in the slammer.

The Rogue Tomato on June 11, 2012 at 9:27 AM

Just toss this lying little racist prickweasel out already.

He makes Janet Reno look like the head of the local DC MENSA chapter.

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on June 11, 2012 at 9:27 AM

Big whoop. A few heavily-redacted documents will straggle out of DOJ over the next week, making this yet another empty threat.

If you’re serious, Rep. Issa, do it right f’in now!

bofh on June 11, 2012 at 9:28 AM

Good. This guy is dirtier than a stinky gym sock.

gophergirl on June 11, 2012 at 9:28 AM

…we may enjoy this summerafter all!

KOOLAID2 on June 11, 2012 at 9:28 AM

So what will it mean if he does receive a contempt charge? What are the consequences of him receiving one?

ErikMcA on June 11, 2012 at 9:28 AM

June just keeps getting better & better…

OmahaConservative on June 11, 2012 at 9:23 AM

The phrase “dog days of summer” have just taken on a whole new meaning for Holder and the boy king.

Flora Duh on June 11, 2012 at 9:28 AM

Good luck Issa! Does boehner have to go along with this also? He doesn’t seem too keen on bringing contempt charges against holder from what I have read?
L

letget on June 11, 2012 at 9:29 AM

It is too bad that putting people in stocks is now cruel and usual punishment. Holder deserves the stocks before a long prison term.

thuja on June 11, 2012 at 9:29 AM

At least as important as the Oversight vote count is the amount of sunlight they can shine on this little thug. Put the spotlight on him and let the public see the corruption.

petefrt on June 11, 2012 at 9:29 AM

It’s entirely possible that Obama could finish out his first term without a single significant scandal.

You mean Paul Waldman was wrong? Who would of thunk.

hillsoftx on June 11, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Anyone want to bet the lame stream media ignores this historical contempt vote?

David in ATL on June 11, 2012 at 9:31 AM

Raaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaacist!

dczombie on June 11, 2012 at 9:31 AM

At least as important as the Oversight vote count is the amount of sunlight they can shine on this little thug. Put the spotlight on him and let the public see the corruption.

petefrt on June 11, 2012 at 9:29 AM

Contempt charges? What contempt charges?

- ABC, NBC, MSNBC

Flora Duh on June 11, 2012 at 9:31 AM

Y’all are great today.

What a way to start a Monday.

cozmo on June 11, 2012 at 9:31 AM

Holder is warming up the Predator drones as we speak.

Bulletchaser on June 11, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Here’s how I’d like to see it go…

Congressman #1: I say, we kill him.
Congress: YEAH!

Congressman #2: I say we hang him, then we kill him.
Congress: YEAH!

Congressman #3: I say we stab him, then we hang him, then we kill him!
Congress: YEAH!

Congressman #4: I say we grab him…
Congress: Yeah?
Congressman #4: Then we beat him, then we kick him, then we tattoo him, then we shoot him, then we stab him, and THEN we kill him!
Congress: Yeah!

Nancy Pelosi: And I say…you let ME have him first!!
Congress: OH YEAH!!

The Rogue Tomato on June 11, 2012 at 9:34 AM

I always heard it was illegal to lie to Congress. Maybe I’m wrong and it’s more technical than that, but for the AG to do it… wow.

Go RBNY on June 11, 2012 at 9:34 AM

about. damn. time.

Renee on June 11, 2012 at 9:34 AM

sh*t just got real?

just kidding! Holder’s gonna skate. It’s just a little murder.

Slade73 on June 11, 2012 at 9:34 AM

The vote will clearly identify which Demos have any sense of justice and which are simply party hacks. Holder’s recent lie (

Last week’s insistence that an e-mail that discussed Fast and Furious didn’t actually refer to OF&F

) was jaw-dropping. How could anyone not vote for contempt? But I’m sure some will.

IrishEyes on June 11, 2012 at 9:34 AM

I think its about time to check out the list of membership on the Oversight Committee and start calling the Dems who look like they could be very vulnerable this fall. Ask if they see which way the political winds are blowing, and how much they value their current posistion.

Personally I love calling and saying I am a Republican from Texas, who along with many like me, have this enjoyable little hobby called, “Donating money to races in other states!”

Made several calls during various debates leading up to the ’10 elelctions. My favorite tag line was, “Tell Rep. ______ DEAD POLITICAL CAREER WALKING!”

Teacher in Tejas on June 11, 2012 at 9:35 AM

Why should he worry? He’s doing “just fine.” You know, just like the private sector.

50sGuy on June 11, 2012 at 9:35 AM

Last week’s insistence that an e-mail that discussed Fast and Furious didn’t actually refer to OF&F was the final straw for Holder’s credibility as a witness and as the nation’s top law-enforcement officer.

But he said he had “superior knowledge” and that e-mail that discussed OF&F was really about another operation! Shouldn’t we take him at his word? After all, he has two of his employees out there investigating the Department. ;0

Seriously, I’m curious how the Dems and Reps are going to paint the passage of contempt on a straight party-line vote. How do Dems defend against the idea that they are abetting in cover-ups for the DOJ with all those deaths and a clear paper trail to the top levels of the DOJ? How does the GOP keep this from appearing election year partisanship?

Happy Nomad on June 11, 2012 at 9:36 AM

Anyone want to bet the lame stream media ignores this historical contempt vote?

David in ATL on June 11, 2012 at 9:31 AM

If Sharyl Attkisson has any say in the matter, CBS won’t. She’s been reporting on this story regularly since early 2011.

Flora Duh on June 11, 2012 at 9:36 AM

Holder’s gonna skate. It’s just a little murder.

Slade73 on June 11, 2012 at 9:34 AM

I’m really afraid you might be right. It would be racist to uphold the law.

The Rogue Tomato on June 11, 2012 at 9:36 AM

Why should he worry? He’s doing “just fine.” You know, just like the private sector.

50sGuy on June 11, 2012 at 9:35 AM

And Julia! She is doing fine as well.

cozmo on June 11, 2012 at 9:37 AM

Any Democrat that doesn’t co-sign this contempt charge needs to be made to fully account for their position. How on earth do you defend this liar?

BettyRuth on June 11, 2012 at 9:37 AM

I always heard it was illegal to lie to Congress. Maybe I’m wrong and it’s more technical than that, but for the AG to do it… wow.

Go RBNY on June 11, 2012 at 9:34 AM

If you are not a liberal Demo, then yeah. They will bust you fast and furiously.

Otherwise, we’ll see.

IrishEyes on June 11, 2012 at 9:39 AM

Any Democrat that doesn’t co-sign this contempt charge needs to be made to fully account for their position. How on earth do you defend this liar?

The ability to lie with reckless abandon is a prerequisite for being a Democrat.

Barrack on June 11, 2012 at 9:39 AM

BettyRuth on June 11, 2012 at 9:37 AM

It may be a little early for that.

Let it sink in that they are defending an administration that will sink them as well.

cozmo on June 11, 2012 at 9:39 AM

So what will it mean if he does receive a contempt charge? What are the consequences of him receiving one?

ErikMcA on June 11, 2012 at 9:28 AM

Probably no worse than the Charlie Rangel treatment: someone has to officially announce him as a very bad boy followed by a standing ovation.

Go RBNY on June 11, 2012 at 9:40 AM

full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. they wont get one dem. and it wont make the evening news. its that bad now.

t8stlikchkn on June 11, 2012 at 9:41 AM

Nancy Pelosi: And I say…you let ME have him first!!

Congress: OH YEAH!!

The Rogue Tomato on June 11, 2012 at 9:34 AM

.
Eeeeeeeeeeeeeewww . . . . . .

Thanks for that mental picture, ‘Tomato.

listens2glenn on June 11, 2012 at 9:41 AM

The Democrats will be good little soldiers and follow the orders they receive from up top. I doubt a single one of them has the intestinal fortitude to vote their conscious. They’ll vote for their future in the Democratic Party. Not for what’s right for their country or their constituents.

ButterflyDragon on June 11, 2012 at 9:42 AM

I just realized I used the word just three times in that post and I just did it again. Redundant dunderhead

Slade73 on June 11, 2012 at 9:42 AM

****************** ComeUppance *************************

canopfor on June 11, 2012 at 9:43 AM

I’m really afraid you might be right. It would be racist to uphold the law.

The Rogue Tomato on June 11, 2012 at 9:36 AM

to be fair everyone is out to get him and his people

Slade73 on June 11, 2012 at 9:44 AM

Toss his butt in the Mexican slammer.

The Rogue Tomato on June 11, 2012 at 9:27 AM

Added it for you, bro.

Archivarix on June 11, 2012 at 9:44 AM

Nancy Pelosi: And I say…you let ME have him first!!

Congress: OH YEAH!!

The Rogue Tomato on June 11, 2012 at 9:34 AM

.
Eeeeeeeeeeeeeewww . . . . . .

Thanks for that mental picture, ‘Tomato.

listens2glenn on June 11, 2012 at 9:41 AM

Mental picture: that of a Dementor sucking the life out of him.

Not sure that even a bald-face and blatant lie to Congress deserves that!

IrishEyes on June 11, 2012 at 9:44 AM

The Democrats will be good little soldiers and follow the orders they receive from up top. I doubt a single one of them has the intestinal fortitude to vote their conscious. They’ll vote for their future in the Democratic Party. Not for what’s right for their country or their constituents.

Being a Democrat requires not having a conscience.

Barrack on June 11, 2012 at 9:44 AM

It wasn’t a lie-lie.

hillsoftx on June 11, 2012 at 9:44 AM

Nancy Pelosi: And I say…you let ME have him first!!
Congress: OH YEAH!!

The Rogue Tomato on June 11, 2012 at 9:34 AM

The Rogue Tomato:Lol,D*mn Democrat DeBauchery!

canopfor on June 11, 2012 at 9:46 AM

Added it for you, bro.

Archivarix on June 11, 2012 at 9:44 AM

Perfect.

The Rogue Tomato on June 11, 2012 at 9:46 AM

Contemptible

NoFanofLibs on June 11, 2012 at 9:47 AM

The committee dems wont vote against holder

Afraid of a phone call from dear leader

cmsinaz on June 11, 2012 at 9:48 AM

The Rogue Tomato on June 11, 2012 at 9:34 AM

Holder: “I say we let him go…”

Congress: “Nooooooooo!”

Dongemaharu on June 11, 2012 at 9:48 AM

So,it appears,that Hopeys Superiorority Smart Power,
of having thee most Smartest Progressives,is start’n
to fall apart,all around him!!

canopfor on June 11, 2012 at 9:48 AM

After Booker’s comments, Billy Jeff’s opinion, Harris switching parties, WI. results, Rendell supporting Hillary, etc., I think there now exists a clear turning of the tide and a safety zone, especially for any Dem. being contested, to support the Contempt charges…ESPECIALLY in light of the clear stone-walling and egregious lying by Holder..

hillsoftx on June 11, 2012 at 9:48 AM

The Democrats will be good little soldiers and follow the orders they receive from up top. I doubt a single one of them has the intestinal fortitude to vote their conscious. They’ll vote for their future in the Democratic Party. Not for what’s right for their country or their constituents.

ButterflyDragon on June 11, 2012 at 9:42 AM

Some brighter-than-average Democrats might figure that binding their future to “the orders they receive from up top” will see them in a hot place that smells of blood and brimstone when the said top crumbles down and burns, whereas those who retain the vestige of “moderation” might do significantly better.

Archivarix on June 11, 2012 at 9:48 AM

Hundreds of people in Mexico have died from the release of these weapons

What people? What deaths? What release? What weapons? /Holder

Paul-Cincy on June 11, 2012 at 9:49 AM

‘Toon of the Day: Even Jimmy Carter, Champ

http://predicthistunpredictpast.blogspot.com/2012/06/toon-of-day-even-jimmy-carter-champ.html

M2RB: Stones

Resist We Much on June 11, 2012 at 9:49 AM

the murder of innocent Mexican civilians is going fine…where we’re seeing problems is executions in the public sector

Slade73 on June 11, 2012 at 9:49 AM

Last week’s insistence that an e-mail that discussed Fast and Furious didn’t actually refer to OF&F was the final straw for Holder’s credibility as a witness and as the nation’s top law-enforcement officer. The sheer absurdity of that performance might make it impossible for some Democrats to avoid a yes vote on a contempt charge — if not on the Oversight Committee, then on the House floor once the committee passes the resolution.

Yeaaa….I’ll believe it when I see it.

Exit question: Would Obama rather talk about this (maybe even throw him under the bus) then talk about jobs/economy doing just fine?

ChrisL on June 11, 2012 at 9:49 AM

It wasn’t a lie-lie.

hillsoftx on June 11, 2012 at 9:44 AM

Only a matter of time before Woopie declares that the guns didn’t cause, “murder”-murder.

BettyRuth on June 11, 2012 at 9:49 AM

Afraid of a phone call from dear leader

cmsinaz on June 11, 2012 at 9:48 AM

cmsinaz:Yup,

but maybe,the Dems,fear Pelosium’s broom,or worse her
gavel !!:)

canopfor on June 11, 2012 at 9:51 AM

sh*t just got real?

just kidding! Holder’s gonna skate. It’s just a little murder.

Slade73 on June 11, 2012 at 9:34 AM

“But it wasn’t murder-murder.”

-Whoopi Goldberg

nukemhill on June 11, 2012 at 9:52 AM

fast and furious? oh, that refers to Wide Receiver. Stupid congress.

Slade73 on June 11, 2012 at 9:52 AM

The GOP better follow through on this. If they fail to get enough Yes votes for this, then they’re just jerking us around and could seriously depress the base heading into November.

BTW, what’s the next step in the process if Holder is held in contempt?

Doughboy on June 11, 2012 at 9:53 AM

There are only four who might… might… be persuadable to support the contempt citation:

Rep. Jim Cooper (TN-5)
Rep. Gerald Connolly (VA-11)
Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-1)
Rep. John Yarmuth (KY-3)

The others are in hopelessly Democratic districts and won’t give a rat’s behind about justice.

This message is presented as a public service in memory of Brian Terry.

either orr on June 11, 2012 at 9:53 AM

A) Why are they waiting so long? This should have happened months ago.

B) Perhaps in answer to (A): Does the committee need any minority members to vote for the contempt charge? Is this like the Senate Judiciary Committee, which needs a minority member to join the majority to approve a judicial candidate before the committee can submit the nomination to the floor?

I’m not up on the nuances of how all the different committees work.

nukemhill on June 11, 2012 at 9:55 AM

Last week’s insistence that an e-mail that discussed Fast and Furious didn’t actually refer to OF&F was the final straw for Holder’s credibility as a witness and as the nation’s top law-enforcement officer.

But he said he had “superior knowledge” and that e-mail that discussed OF&F was really about another operation! Shouldn’t we take him at his word? After all, he has two of his employees out there investigating the Department. ;0

Happy Nomad on June 11, 2012 at 9:36 AM

He claims “superior knowledge” on just that one email when he responds, “I don’t know”, “I don’t remember”, “Bush did it” to almost every other question.

To anyone who has half a brain, it is obvious that Holder is a lying bag of horse excrement. Unfortunately, the Dems on that committee have exhibited that they possess less than that necessary half a brain. I don’t know what else Issa can do, but I don’t expect this to actually go anywhere.

climbnjump on June 11, 2012 at 9:55 AM

Afraid of a phone call from dear leader

cmsinaz on June 11, 2012 at 9:48 AM

They are becoming less afraid of the “0″ every day.

Thinking about losing the senate, becoming a smaller minority in the house and dems losing in usually safe districts are what they are going to be more afraid of.

cozmo on June 11, 2012 at 9:56 AM

I hate to say it, but if history is any barometer, being charged and and even being convicted of “contempt of congress” doesn’t result in much.
Please refer to Harriet Meyers, John Bolton, and Janet Reno. They were all charged with contempt of congress and I don’t remember any penalties paid.

Hoof Hearted on June 11, 2012 at 9:56 AM

who along with many like me, have this enjoyable little hobby called, “Donating money to races in other states!” Teacher in Tejas on June 11, 2012 at 9:35 AM

Great hobby! Much more fun than collecting stamps, especially since 2010.

indyvet on June 11, 2012 at 9:56 AM

Issa is, you know…a typical white woman…

Clinging bitterly to the Constitution.

CorporatePiggy on June 11, 2012 at 9:56 AM

Canopfor
#shudder#

cmsinaz on June 11, 2012 at 9:57 AM

So what will it mean if he does receive a contempt charge? What are the consequences of him receiving one?

ErikMcA on June 11, 2012 at 9:28 AM

The Attorney General is appointed by the President but is approved by Congress. If Congress brings contempt charges against him, it is the first step toward an impeachment. This is a rare and rather spectacular step.

JoseQuinones on June 11, 2012 at 9:59 AM

“But it wasn’t murder-murder.”

-Whoopi Goldberg

nukemhill on June 11, 2012 at 9:52 AM

everyone knows Mexicans are just jumping beans…always another one hopping up into place

Slade73 on June 11, 2012 at 9:59 AM

The question will be whether Issa can get any of the Oversight Democrats to vote along with him.

And risk being “Bookered,” I doubt it. Although I will be contacting every Dem Representative in my state to remind them of what happened in November 2010.

Flora Duh on June 11, 2012 at 10:01 AM

I think its about time to check out the list of membership on the Oversight Committee and start calling the Dems who look like they could be very vulnerable this fall. Ask if they see which way the political winds are blowing, and how much they value their current posistion.

Personally I love calling and saying I am a Republican from Texas, who along with many like me, have this enjoyable little hobby called, “Donating money to races in other states!”

Made several calls during various debates leading up to the ’10 elelctions. My favorite tag line was, “Tell Rep. ______ DEAD POLITICAL CAREER WALKING!”

Teacher in Tejas on June 11, 2012 at 9:35 AM

This! Even if only for the demoralizing effect.

I just looked up the committee membership list and Sheila Jackson Lee isn’t on it – but hasn’t she been in on at least some of the hearings?

Eren on June 11, 2012 at 10:02 AM

Exit question: Would Obama rather talk about this (maybe even throw him under the bus) then talk about jobs/economy doing just fine?

ChrisL on June 11, 2012 at 9:49 AM

I don’t really believe that this will go anywhere. But that said, it’s interesting to think about the possibilities, as unlikely as they are.

For instance, I don’t think Holder can be thrown under the bus quite as easily as almost anyone else – he has to know where a lot of skeletons are buried, and he’s extremely useful to Zero in his current role. Plus, Holder doesn’t strike me as a “take one for the team” kind of guy, if push comes to shove.

At some point, concern at the top might have to shift from “stay in power” to “stay out of jail”, and Holder seems like a guy that has a reserved seat in the lifeboat.

bofh on June 11, 2012 at 10:02 AM

He is certainly in contempt, but even if it’s voted, at most it’ll get all the republican votes. It’ll be branded a political witch hunt and they’ll look like fools. The democrats will not budge on this – even though it’s obvious.

It’s not like Clinton didn’t commit felony purgery. He did. THey caught him. And then… nothing.

I just don’t see this accomplishing much of anything, even though they’re absolutely right. He is in contempt of congress.

the people who believe that believe that. The people that don’t don’t. And the undecideds don’t care.

WashingtonsWake on June 11, 2012 at 10:03 AM

Election year ploy
-lsm

cmsinaz on June 11, 2012 at 10:04 AM

Canopfor
#shudder#

cmsinaz on June 11, 2012 at 9:57 AM

cmsinaz::)

canopfor on June 11, 2012 at 10:04 AM

sure, we killed 300 Mexicans, but we also got Bin Laden

Slade73 on June 11, 2012 at 10:05 AM

Personally, I think orange is Eric’s color.

bw222 on June 11, 2012 at 10:07 AM

Good gawd,the Democrats,er Donkeys are poo-ing
all over the place!!!!

canopfor on June 11, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Meh.

Once it comes out of Issa’s committee, Cry-baby Boehner will kill it and it well never even get that far.

Holder should actually be impeached and possibly arrested for weapons violations and accessory to murder.

This whole thing stinks – Holder and company for acts of commission, and the Republican establishment for not doing anything.

Rixon on June 11, 2012 at 10:08 AM

medical marijuana – bad

murder – good

/Holder

Slade73 on June 11, 2012 at 10:09 AM

sure, we killed 300 Mexicans, but we also got Bin Laden

Slade73 on June 11, 2012 at 10:05 AM

Don’t forget murdered BP agent Brian Terry.

bw222 on June 11, 2012 at 10:13 AM

The sheer absurdity of that performance might make it impossible for some Democrats to avoid a yes vote on a contempt charge

I wouldn’t count on it…but kudos to your optimism Ed.

right2bright on June 11, 2012 at 10:13 AM

You can take the boy out of Chicago, but you can’t take Chicago out of the boy!!

Deano1952 on June 11, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Issa is aiming at Wednesday, June 20th as the day for the vote..

Why wait? Nail Holder to the wall now!

pilamaye on June 11, 2012 at 10:17 AM

Don’t forget murdered BP agent Brian Terry.

bw222 on June 11, 2012 at 10:13 AM

Or murdered Agent Jaime Zapata.

Resist We Much on June 11, 2012 at 10:18 AM

Hundreds of dead Hispanics and no concern from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus?

Perhaps Hispanics should play the race card on Democrats who don’t support contempt.

Barrack on June 11, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Those who live by the sword die by the sword. Should be the same for identity politics.

SubmarineDoc on June 11, 2012 at 10:24 AM

Hundreds of people in Mexico have died from the release of these weapons, after all, and at least two US law-enforcement officers have been killed with those weapons. More will undoubtedly follow on both sides of the border.

When the Democrats try to cover for Holder, ask them WHY they’re not concerned about all those deaths.

GarandFan on June 11, 2012 at 10:25 AM

No longer “Summer Recovery”….

………………..is now “Summer Cover-up”

LaRepublican on June 11, 2012 at 10:25 AM

The House waited too long to get tough with Holder. As soon as he started submitting blank and fully black-out pages they should have dropped the hammer on him. There is potentially less than 6 1/3 months left in this administration.

scrubjay on June 11, 2012 at 10:28 AM

I fear this. It will cause the media to instantly turn on Issa and the Republicans in Congress, and play the race card. No doubt that Elijah Cummings will encourage that. It will distract from the Romney campaign’s focus on the economy too.

If this resolution passes with only a party-line vote in the Committee, I do not think Boehner should bring it to the House floor. Republicans should instead use it to beat the Democrats over the head.

Besides, Issa has a whistleblower now and is getting the documents he wants, in a far more damaging fashion that getting them via a subpoena or contempt citation.

rockmom on June 11, 2012 at 10:28 AM

I’m really curious what’s going to happen here.

The Democrats might not vote for this because then they can trust the media to spin it as an “extremist GOP” that is trying to sabotage the administration.
Though if they do that and it turns out that Holder knew a lot more than he was saying then even the Media won’t be able to keep the egg off of their faces.
I wouldn’t be surprised to see a handful of Democrats vote with the GOP on this one simply because of how bad Holder has been at producing these documents while the majority of Democrats vote against it.
Either way this is a lose-lose for Democrats.

Blu3Yeti on June 11, 2012 at 10:29 AM

Look, you know the old saying that we’re in a recession when your neighbor loses his job but we’re in a depression when you lose yours? This issue is going to be drawn along similar lines. Dems will rally around the flag so long as they think that they are in safe seats come November. They will throw Holder under the bus the very minute they sense that their job may be in danger if they vote for gun-walking and cover-up. You aren’t going to get them all- some Dems represent disctricts so stupid that they are a lost cause. But this is one vote that Dems are not going to make without consideration of the consequences to their own fortunes.

Happy Nomad on June 11, 2012 at 10:33 AM

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