Report: House contempt vote on Holder scheduled for, er … Thursday

posted at 7:21 pm on June 25, 2012 by Allahpundit

And a good thing too. I always worry that we’ll run out of content later in the week as news slows down. Right now, on Thursday, all I’ve got penciled in as possible blog material is … the biggest Supreme Court case of our lifetime.

Alternate headline: “House GOP leadership really, really doesn’t want voters paying attention to these Fast & Furious hearings.”

The House is scheduled to vote on recommendations that Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. be held in contempt of Congress on Thursday, according to House Republican aides.

Republican leaders plan to bring the issue to the floor on Thursday, meaning lawmakers likely will vote on contempt charges on the same day that the U.S. Supreme Court is slated to announce its ruling on the constitutionality of the 2010 health-care reform law.

The timing likely deprives advocates for contempt charges of the big headlines they might have received if the vote were held another day this week.

Remember, they’re supposed to be playing a game of chicken with Obama and Holder designed to get them to cough up the documents that Issa wants. The more political heat they apply, the more likely it is that O will blink. The last thing you’d want to do in that case is use your nuclear weapon on a day when the media will be so consumed with covering another story that the blast will hardly be felt. By scheduling it this way, Boehner and Cantor are essentially choosing to minimize the pressure on the White House, signaling that they’d rather wrist-slap Holder by sanctioning him at a moment when no one’s paying attention than turn this into a true power struggle in the middle of the campaign. Presumably, once the contempt vote is held, the next step will be for the House to file a civil suit requesting that the documents be produced and then that’ll get bogged down in legal procedure and slip quietly off the radar screen before election day. Or at least, that’s how it looks. What am I missing here?

Maybe the GOP should settle for a compromise: Drop the broader document demand in return for Holder producing just one key e-mail — which he’s already admitted isn’t covered by executive privilege.

A single internal Department of Justice email could be the smoking-gun document in the Operation Fast and Furious scandal — if it turns out to contain what congressional investigators have said it does.

The document would establish that wiretap application documents show senior DOJ officials knew about and approved the gunwalking tactic in Fast and Furious. This is the opposite of what Attorney General Eric Holder and House oversight committee ranking Democratic member Rep. Elijah Cummings have claimed…

Ken Melson, now the former acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, purportedly sent that email to several DOJ leaders in March 2011. According to Grassley, Melson wrote that he had reviewed the wiretap applications — the same documents Cummings and Holder claim do not show senior DOJ officials knew of or approved gunwalking tactics in Fast and Furious.

Via Mediaite, here’s Brit Hume yesterday on “Fox News Sunday” identifying the likely cause of Boehner’s apprehension.


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Jesus Weight of Glory, grow a brain. You think burying the vote on Thursday is a way for the GOP to gain cover and avoid criticism that the vote is political? What rock have you been living under? The media and the liberals (but I repeat myself) would never accept that and act accordingly. How much stupid lives here at HA anyway?

SuperBunny on June 25, 2012 at 10:45 PM

Thursday? But I read, can’t remember where, that debate for the contempt vote was going to start on Wednesday.

Flora Duh on June 25, 2012 at 10:46 PM

Thursday? But I read, can’t remember where, that debate for the contempt vote was going to start on Wednesday.

Flora Duh on June 25, 2012 at 10:46 PM

Either way, somebody is still going to have to drag Boehner out from his hiding place under the bed.

GrannyDee on June 25, 2012 at 10:47 PM

Betenoir:

I grant I could be very wrong

More likely right though, given the personal affront angle here that you brought up.

JM Hanes on June 26, 2012 at 12:15 AM

SuperBunny:

You think burying the vote on Thursday is a way for the GOP to gain cover and avoid criticism that the vote is political?

There are only so many hours in the day, and the great bulk of the coverage will go to Obamacare till next week. Yes, any idiot knows that Republicans won’t escape criticism, but the longer the complaints remain unfocused and the Dems off balance, the better. The quality of high dudgeon moral outrage suffers as a story ages.

JM Hanes on June 26, 2012 at 12:25 AM

Alternate headline: “House GOP leadership really, really doesn’t want voters paying attention to these Fast & Furious hearings kicks the 0bama Regime when it is down.”

FIFY, and lovin it IF it happens that way.

DannoJyd on June 26, 2012 at 1:21 AM

What am I missing here?

The ARROGANT 0bama Regime will DEMAND that his media monkeys make big hay out of this because he will be just that mad. If nothing else the Sunday talk shows will be filled with 0bama’s whining.

Allah, when the fight is going your way that is the proper time to double down on your efforts.

All of the liberals heads will explode.

DannoJyd on June 26, 2012 at 1:26 AM

I have no idea, but I do know that you guys come up with really cool names for your fake scandals.

crr6 on July 10, 2011 at 1:24 PM

Del Dolemonte on June 25, 2012 at 7:41 PM

Ti-MING!

Is there a good patina on that yet?

mickytx on June 26, 2012 at 1:33 AM

Do you think that Gov.Brewer can sue the feds over Fast and Furious? Arn’t Gun laws, state laws?

Maybe the feds will use the constitution to claw back gun laws from the states, and have a lot of messy court rulings. Gun freedom that parallels immigrant freedom. OOOps, not.

Fleuries on June 26, 2012 at 7:38 AM

What am I missing here?

The fact that the media plans to ignore it, no matter when it happens…

kbTexan on June 26, 2012 at 9:52 AM

I’m a little confused by the post hoc ergo propter hoc problem here. The contempt vote scheduling occurred last week. The Supremes did not announce that they were punting their Obamacare decision(s) to this Thursday until today. What kind of crystal ball was the House leadership supposed to be using?

Voiceguy on June 25, 2012 at 9:14 PM

Thank you!!! I think we may have been reading way too much into this.

Mary in LA on June 26, 2012 at 2:53 PM

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