Boom: House votes to hold AG Eric Holder in contempt

posted at 4:51 pm on June 28, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

For the first time ever, the House of Representatives voted Thursday on whether to hold a sitting attorney general in contempt of Congress. Republicans brought the vote to the House floor in an effort to force Attorney General Eric Holder to finally face the music for his willful failure to fully comply with a Congressional subpoena of documents relating to Operation Fast & Furious, the not-botched gunwalking scandal that resulted in the death of a U.S. border patrol agent and countless Mexicans — and face the music Holder did. The House voted 255-67 to hold Eric Holder in contempt.

During the pre-vote debate, Minority Leader Pelosi accused the Republicans of playing “heinous,” “frivolous” political games, and even encouraged the members of her party to walk out on the vote: “I’m very moved by the members of the Congressional Black Caucus who say they are going to walk out on this,” she said on the House floor. “Walk out on this. Perhaps that’s the best way. …I urge my colleagues to vote ‘no’ or not vote.” Her oh-so-rousing call to protest, however, didn’t inspire quite the solidarity she was probably looking for: Over 100 Democrats didn’t vote, but at least 17 Democrats defected and joined Republicans in the contempt charge.

Developing…

Update: Yep, looks like 110 members decided not to vote — the CBC explained their reasoning for walking out earlier:

“Contempt power should be used sparingly, carefully and only in the most egregious situations,” said a letter from the 42-member Congressional Black Caucus to colleagues. “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.”

Regardless, after 18 months of investigating and subsequent stonewalling, this is officially moving forward. Technically, when you’re found in criminal contempt, you’re subject to a hefty fine or even arrest, and your case would go to a DC district court via the Justice Department — but the obvious problem here is that Holder is the head of the DOJ. The House is now getting set to vote on whether to hold Holder in civil contempt, so the Oversight Committee can hire their own lawyers to file a civil lawsuit to prosecute the attorney general. Another update to follow…

Update: Heh. If you missed the House floor debate, BuzzFeed has a nice round-up of the gist of it — good times, good times.

Update: Ughh, of course. Here’s part of the White House‘s all-too-foreseeable response to the contempt vote:

The problem of gunwalking was a field-driven tactic that dated back to the George W. Bush Administration, and it was this Administration’s Attorney General who ended it. Attorney General Holder has said repeatedly that fighting criminal activity along the Southwest Border – including the illegal trafficking of guns to Mexico has been is a top priority of the Department. Eric Holder has been an excellent Attorney General and just yesterday the Chairman of the House Oversight Committee acknowledged that he had no evidence – or even the suspicion – that the Attorney General knew of the misguided tactics used in this operation.

Yet, Republicans pushed for political theater rather than legitimate Congressional oversight. Over the past fourteen months, the Justice Department accommodated Congressional investigators, producing 7,600 pages of documents, and testifying at eleven Congressional hearings. In an act of good faith, this week the Administration made an additional offer which would have resulted in the Committee getting unprecedented access to documents dispelling any notion of an intent to mislead. But unfortunately, a politically-motivated agenda prevailed and instead of engaging with the President in efforts to create jobs and grow the economy, today we saw the House of Representatives perform a transparently political stunt.

Update: The aye’s have it — the House just followed up on their criminal contempt vote with an affirmative civil contempt vote, which will allow them to hire their own counsel to challenge President Obama’s invocation of executive privilege. Which, as Rep. Trey Gowdy explained in a video this morning, they’re ready and rarin’ to do:

Update: And here’s Attorney General Eric Holder’s response soon after learning that he is now in contempt of Congress. The vote was “reckless,” “politically motivated,” rabble rabble rabble:


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O/T but very important*****

Veterans must pay the “tax” and get a health policy, even though they have VA medical benefits. Just heard from my brother in law who is a VA benefit administrator. Every single Vet will have to pay.

Wow. Unbelievable.

Key West Reader on June 28, 2012 at 5:07 PM

the decision to walk out & shirk the duties for which they were sent to represent “we the people”. it’s disgusting! and all because of skin color.

vote their butts out!

ORrighty on June 28, 2012 at 5:07 PM

That is a bipartisan vote.

Fallon on June 28, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Not to intellectually dishonest, partisan Leftist hacks it isn’t it…but, who that counts cares about them? :)

Bizarro No. 1 on June 28, 2012 at 5:08 PM

steebo77 on June 28, 2012 at 4:53 PM

LaTourette of Ohio

ShotGlassMan on June 28, 2012 at 5:08 PM

OK. So what does this mean? Symbolic only? Holder flips the House of Reps off, and continues? Does he go to jail? Does Dear Leader have to pardon him?

Bouncing Beatnik on June 28, 2012 at 4:55 PM

They voted Holder in criminal contempt, which would be handled by a Holder subordinate and, hence, would go nowhere.

They’re also voting on civil contempt, which should pass as well. With this vote, they step around having to go to a Holder flunky to decide whether to call a grand jury, blah, blah, blah. They can go straight to the DC district court to make their case for the disclosure unfettered by the bogus claim of privilege. Either way, it’ll be appeared to the DC circuit, and then appealed to SCOTUS.

I don’t see how Holder ultimately prevails.

I watched Pelosi’s speech. She’s such a doddering fool. She went most of her speech saying that she was staying to vote in protest. Then, all of a sudden towards the end, she seemed to take a cue from someone and announced that she was walking out too. It was pathetic. I think she’s mentally incompetent.

Also, Dingel (from Michigan and the rep for the Terry family) took about five minutes presenting a motion to call additional witnesses and sounding as if he’d been with the Terrys every step of the way. Issa then got up and introduced Terry family letters into the Congressional Record and then read some of them, which essentially reamed Dingel for doing nothing. The Terrys got a codolence letter, but haven’t heard from him in 18 months. Ouch.

BuckeyeSam on June 28, 2012 at 5:08 PM

A rep from Idaho pointed out that Issa’s committee has received only 5% of the documents requested. If the next resolution passes, Issa can go around the DOJ to civil court for a declaratory judgement and enforcement of the Committee’s subpoenas for the other 95% of the docs. Debate on this follow-up resolution to run about 10 more minutes, I believe.

de rigueur on June 28, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Just pathetic.
Standing next to a pic of Brian Terry…such tasteful staging.
They haven’t aimed to accomplish a single thing for that family – just using them and exploiting their grief.
This is some sad theater.

verbaluce on June 28, 2012 at 5:08 PM

IMO, that is the way to go on this mess? I sure hope it gets the votes.
L

letget on June 28, 2012 at 5:05 PM

The only other recourse is to place the DOJ in charge of the prosecution, and that’s not happening for obvious reasons.

KingGold on June 28, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Altmire
Barrow
Boren
Boswell
Chandler
Critz
Donnelly (IN)
Hochul
Kind
Kissell
Matheson
McIntyre
Owens
Peterson
Rahall
Ross (AR)
Walz (MN)

steebo77 on June 28, 2012 at 5:00 PM

VERY surprised by Walz. I expected Peterson to cross over but never expected Walz to. Surprising because he’s quite liberal and essentially safe in his district. Good to see 6 out of the 8 Minnesotans in our delegation vote yes.

I’m also surprised by Kind. He had no compelling political reason to vote yes. Other than Kind and Walz, the rest are in red districts and had to vote yes to save their political azzes.

Nelsen on June 28, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Holder is babbling about his record on voter rights and some inane “getting people jobs”??????

Wow.

Odie1941 on June 28, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Well , he’s been working closely with the new black panthers…

the_nile on June 28, 2012 at 5:08 PM

This makes me feel better.

gophergirl on June 28, 2012 at 5:08 PM

I think Roberts did help Romney’s chances by voting to uphold ObamaCare (or is it ObamaTax now?)– but I do wish he had just gotten rid of the law. There’s no guarantee that we’ll be able to repeal it anytime soon, and I think Romney could’ve run on the economy like he’s already planning to and had just as much of a chance at winning in November.

NextGenerationVoters on June 28, 2012 at 5:09 PM

White House on contempt vote: ‘Republicans pushed for political theater rather than legitimate Congressional oversight’ – statement

Submitted 1 min ago from http://www.whitehouse.gov by editor
============================================================

The White House

Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

June 28, 2012
Statement by White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer on Today’s Contempt Vote in the U.S. House of Representatives

At the beginning of this year, Republicans announced one of their top priorities was to investigate the Administration and to ensure that President Obama was a one-term President. Despite the major economic challenges facing the country, they talked openly about devoting taxpayer-funded, Congressional oversight resources to political purposes.

The problem of gunwalking was a field-driven tactic that dated back to the George W. Bush Administration, and it was this Administration’s Attorney General who ended it. Attorney General Holder has said repeatedly that fighting criminal activity along the Southwest Border – including the illegal trafficking of guns to Mexico has been is a top priority of the Department. Eric Holder has been an excellent Attorney General and just yesterday the Chairman of the House Oversight Committee acknowledged that he had no evidence – or even the suspicion – that the Attorney General knew of the misguided tactics used in this operation.

Yet, Republicans pushed for political theater rather than legitimate Congressional oversight. Over the past fourteen months, the Justice Department accommodated Congressional investigators, producing 7,600 pages of documents, and testifying at eleven Congressional hearings. In an act of good faith, this week the Administration made an additional offer which would have resulted in the Committee getting unprecedented access to documents dispelling any notion of an intent to mislead. But unfortunately, a politically-motivated agenda prevailed and instead of engaging with the President in efforts to create jobs and grow the economy, today we saw the House of Representatives perform a transparently political stunt.
___________________

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/06/28/statement-white-house-communications-director-dan-pfeiffer-today-s-conte?

canopfor on June 28, 2012 at 5:09 PM

I know you’re joking, but it was really racist for so many minorities to walk out on the vote. Liberals can’t seem to think in terms of anything but race/victim.

The Rogue Tomato on June 28, 2012 at 4:56 PM

The Democrats putting race above the law is disgusting but nothing new.

tetriskid on June 28, 2012 at 5:09 PM

If the Washington Democrats are going to act like Wisconsin Democrats, shouldn’t they go to a hotel in Canada or Mexico…

RedSoxNation on June 28, 2012 at 5:09 PM

I think something of importance must have been shown to some or all members. Something must have happened in that last few days.

oldroy on June 28, 2012 at 4:53 PM

I agree. There’s a reason O went for executive privilege – I’d wager something in those documents stinks to the highest levels of the WH.

My money is on a Valerie Jarret masterminded gun-control scam.

peski on June 28, 2012 at 5:09 PM

Well, there`s that at least. I was hoping for a double whamy today.

ThePrez on June 28, 2012 at 5:10 PM

verbaluce on June 28, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Your phony concern is noted, but Darrell Issa has been working very closely with and on behalf of Terry’s family, who are understandably shaken by the workover they’ve been getting from Eric Holder.

KingGold on June 28, 2012 at 5:10 PM

verbaluce on June 28, 2012 at 5:08 PM

You are a horrible human being.

tom daschle concerned on June 28, 2012 at 5:10 PM

In my experience, Blacks and Mexicans Don’t get along unless coerced(job, military, &c,)so the CBC was just acting normal(for them)
Bob

Bobnormal on June 28, 2012 at 5:10 PM

Well , he’s been working closely with the new black panthers…

the_nile on June 28, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Someone willing to go for whole hog b.s.
At this point, why not..I guess.

verbaluce on June 28, 2012 at 5:11 PM

OT

Joe Gould‏@reporterjoe

Fort Bragg confirms shooting on post at 15:30, multiple soldiers “involved.” Injuries/fatalities unknown. Occurred in unit area.

William Amos on June 28, 2012 at 5:11 PM

toobin-nothings going to happen to holder…just an embarrassment

cmsinaz on June 28, 2012 at 5:11 PM

Isn’t the DOJ almost forced to appoint a special prosecutor for the criminal matter? How can an Assistant U. S. Attorney not refuse to prosecute his boss, a conflict of interest that I don’t think there is a way to waive?

AcidReflux on June 28, 2012 at 5:05 PM

House is going around DOJ with resolution to empower Issa’s committee to hire its own attorneys to take this to civil court for declaratory judgement and enforcement of the committee’s subpoenas for the 95% of requested documents for which Holder is now in contempt of Congress for not delivering.

de rigueur on June 28, 2012 at 5:11 PM

*yawn*

Whatever.

Nothing’s going to happen to him or anyone else of consequence.

Just like when Mitt’s elected – and maybe a crapload of GOP folks sent to DC by a furious populace over the SC decision today – all expecting great things in repeal and rectifying what’s wrong.

We’re all going to see them go up there, roll up their sleeves, and… do f@#$ all about any of it. Just like they always do.

Midas on June 28, 2012 at 5:11 PM

Holder: Today’s vote is the regrettable culmination of what became a misguided – and politically motivated – investigation during an election year – statement

Submitted 9 mins ago by editor

More: Eric Holder becomes the first sitting attorney general held in contempt – @nationaljournal

Submitted 17 mins ago by editor

canopfor on June 28, 2012 at 5:11 PM

Nancy-poo once again demonstrates why the Democrats will not regain the House.

As for the CBC – RACISTS!

GarandFan on June 28, 2012 at 5:11 PM

Key West Reader on June 28, 2012 at 5:07 PM

Do you have a link on this? Hubby and numerous family members are retired vets and this needs to get out STAT if true?
L

letget on June 28, 2012 at 5:11 PM

Walz (MN)

steebo77 on June 28, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Tim freaking Walz? My Congressman? Al Franken’s best buddy? Seriously???

He must be more worried about re-election than I thought….

notropis on June 28, 2012 at 5:12 PM

William Amos on June 28, 2012 at 5:11 PM

CRIPE…

that’s Hawkdrivers neck of the woods…

Hawk are you around???

lsm-let’s just focus on dear leader’s win in scotus

cmsinaz on June 28, 2012 at 5:12 PM

Key West Reader – wait, what? Seriously? My mom uses the VA because she is entitled to it; it saves her from having to pay for insurance. So she (and other vets) will have to pay to be doubly insured, in essence? Or pay a fine to continue to just use the VA?

Anna on June 28, 2012 at 5:12 PM

Democrats voting in favor of contempt:

Altmire
Barrow
Boren
Boswell
Chandler
Critz
Donnelly (IN)
Hochul
Kind
Kissell
Matheson
McIntyre
Owens
Peterson
Rahall
Ross (AR)
Walz (MN)

steebo77 on June 28, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Thanks for the list. As others pointed out, quite a few here leaving Congress either voluntarily or involuntarily in a few months. But a vote’s a vote!

22044 on June 28, 2012 at 5:12 PM

US House passes resolution to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress – @NBCNews

Submitted 27 mins ago from http://www.breakingnews.com by editor

House Democrats walk off House floor during contempt vote on Attorney General Holder; live video, updates:

Submitted 37 mins ago from http://www.breakingnews.com by editor

canopfor on June 28, 2012 at 5:12 PM

H.R. 708 passes on a voice vote, now up for a recorded vote.

Issa gets his lawyers to go after the papers of the guys who gave the cartels their guns.

de rigueur on June 28, 2012 at 5:13 PM

#Yawn

libfreeordie on June 28, 2012 at 5:13 PM

Hey – Don’t forget Indiana. They walked out here, too.

esr1951 on June 28, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Forgive the oversight! There are probably more dem walkouts than what have been mentioned here.

jazzuscounty on June 28, 2012 at 5:13 PM

For the first time ever, the House of Representatives voted Thursday on whether to hold a sitting attorney general in contempt of Congress.

Or, you could say “unprecedented.”

Fallon on June 28, 2012 at 5:13 PM

O/T but very important*****

Veterans must pay the “tax” and get a health policy, even though they have VA medical benefits. Just heard from my brother in law who is a VA benefit administrator. Every single Vet will have to pay.

Wow. Unbelievable.

Key West Reader on June 28, 2012 at 5:07 PM

Napolitano and Obama consider them, and the retired law enforcement personnel, “domestic terrorists”.

Schadenfreude on June 28, 2012 at 5:13 PM

It was bipartisan!!! (For that segment that cares about these things)

stldave on June 28, 2012 at 5:14 PM

Forgive the oversight! There are probably more dem walkouts than what have been mentioned here.

jazzuscounty on June 28, 2012 at 5:13 PM

#fleebaggers

22044 on June 28, 2012 at 5:14 PM

If it doesn’t pass, what then? Stall until November?

oldroy on June 28, 2012 at 4:57 PM

It will pass. 108 democrats aren’t even there to vote.

Night Owl on June 28, 2012 at 5:14 PM

Well, that’s wonderful, now what are they going to do? Without a an indictment by a US attorney, a civil suit or a special prosecutor, this will die on the vine. Obama and his gang are in fact above the law. Isn’t this a wonderful country?

rplat on June 28, 2012 at 5:15 PM

Nice to see things moving Forward™. Time has past for caring what the other side thinks.

Bmore on June 28, 2012 at 5:15 PM

These Democrats calling attention to themselves by walking off the House floor just helped get more MSM coverage for this than it might have gotten otherwise. Democrats shooting themselves in the foot.

Bitter Clinger on June 28, 2012 at 5:15 PM

Either way, it’ll be appeared to the DC circuit, and then appealed to SCOTUS.

I don’t see how Holder ultimately prevails.

That’s a joke, right?

Mr. Arkadin on June 28, 2012 at 5:15 PM

Criminal contempt; jail his a$$ *now*.

Midas on June 28, 2012 at 5:15 PM

#Yawn

libfreeordie on June 28, 2012 at 5:13 PM | Delete | Delete and Ban

The parents of Brian Terry disagree with you, perfesser.

kingsjester on June 28, 2012 at 5:15 PM

Just pathetic.
Standing next to a pic of Brian Terry…such tasteful staging.
They haven’t aimed to accomplish a single thing for that family – just using them and exploiting their grief.
This is some sad theater.

verbaluce on June 28, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Oh please, if Holder would turn over the documents it would not even be an issue..if it is theater, then Holder is the author.

Terrye on June 28, 2012 at 5:15 PM

It was bipartisan!!! (For that segment that cares about these things)

stldave on June 28, 2012 at 5:14 PM

Consensus!

the_nile on June 28, 2012 at 5:15 PM

Veterans must pay the “tax” and get a health policy, even though they have VA medical benefits. Just heard from my brother in law who is a VA benefit administrator. Every single Vet will have to pay.

Wow. Unbelievable.

Key West Reader on June 28, 2012 at 5:07 PM

The bill contained a specific exemption for active duty military in Tricare, and for veterans who use the VA system.

However, veterans who choose not to use the VA system for healthcare but instead use private providers will fall under the mandate.

AngusMc on June 28, 2012 at 5:15 PM

The caucus of crybabies went outside and whined about the racist witchhunt. I can’t wait to hear what they have to say when we find out what Barry and that cartoon character, Holder are hiding.

BettyRuth on June 28, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Agent Terry was a typical racist white person, so why would Obama or Holder care?

////////

Ward Cleaver on June 28, 2012 at 5:15 PM

steebo77 on June 28, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Hah, Critz and Rahall won’t go to the leftists’ convention either.

Schadenfreude on June 28, 2012 at 5:16 PM

it;s only 2:30 here,but dang it I’m going to have a beer

anyone want to join me?

cmsinaz on June 28, 2012 at 5:16 PM

Ugh,not another vote,crap back to Roll Call!!!

canopfor on June 28, 2012 at 5:17 PM

This makes me feel better.

gophergirl on June 28, 2012 at 5:08 PM

C’mon girl, this day keeps getting better and better.

Sure it was 17 instead of 31 cross over votes. But you can’t have everything.

When people figure out what Roberts really did, lefty’s will need some Depends. And have to pay taxes on them.

cozmo on June 28, 2012 at 5:17 PM

…Congressional subpoena…

 

#Yawn
 
libfreeordie on June 28, 2012 at 5:13 PM

rogerb on June 28, 2012 at 5:17 PM

Nothing other than symbolism. Dems voted to hold Harriet Miers and Josh Bolten in contempt in 2008 and nothing ever came of it.

AngusMc on June 28, 2012 at 5:04 PM

How much are you willing to bet?

I want every Chicken Little on the Right, who said that today’s vote would never happen because Boehner and/or Issa would sell them out, to go into the dunktank with clown suits on, preferably voluntarily but forcibly if necessary – you do not have a problem with that suggestion, do you, AngusMC? :)

Bizarro No. 1 on June 28, 2012 at 5:17 PM

They haven’t aimed to accomplish a single thing for that family – just using them and exploiting their grief.
This is some sad theater.

verbaluce on June 28, 2012 at 5:08 PM

And Obama hates Mexicans, dead or alive. He only wants their votes, legal or illegal.

Schadenfreude on June 28, 2012 at 5:17 PM

#Yawn

libfreeordie on June 28, 2012 at 5:13 PM

Tell that to Brian Terry’s mom and dad.

You are despicable.

Ward Cleaver on June 28, 2012 at 5:17 PM

#Yawn

libfreeordie on June 28, 2012 at 5:13 PM

Yeah, we know…a bunch of dead mexicans are so terribly boring.

First Attorney General to be held in contempt. Historic.

GFY#

HumpBot Salvation on June 28, 2012 at 5:17 PM

(or is it ObamaTax now

It needs to be called obamacare tax, not just obamatax. Tie it to obamacare!

Barred on June 28, 2012 at 5:18 PM

#Yawn

libfreeordie on June 28, 2012 at 5:13 PM

Remember this when another leftist claims to be “caring”.

Schadenfreude on June 28, 2012 at 5:18 PM

So, like…Are those Dems who voted for contempt now suddenly racist?

Liam on June 28, 2012 at 5:18 PM

Where can we find a record of who voted and how?

oryguncon on June 28, 2012 at 4:58 PM | Delete

Here

Firmworm on June 28, 2012 at 5:18 PM

Unprecedented!!

JimK on June 28, 2012 at 5:18 PM

cmsinaz on June 28, 2012 at 5:16 PM

Works for me! It is 5 o’clock someplace?
L

letget on June 28, 2012 at 5:19 PM

This is some sad theater.

verbaluce on June 28, 2012 at 5:08 PM

So was the Wellstone funeral.

So is an organized effort to impugn our 2nd Amendment rights with a nutty illegal weapons giveaway scheme which has cost not only Brian Terry his life, but over 300 Mexican citizens.

You can’t BS this one away with the media.

Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.

John Adams

hawkdriver on June 28, 2012 at 5:19 PM

libfreeordie on June 28, 2012 at 5:13 PM

Go. Pound. Sand.

22044 on June 28, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Just pathetic.
Standing next to a pic of Brian Terry…such tasteful staging.
They haven’t aimed to accomplish a single thing for that family – just using them and exploiting their grief.
This is some sad theater.

verbaluce on June 28, 2012 at 5:08 PM

You have a short memory. Don’t you remember the sad theater surrounding Obama when he signed his “legacy” obamacare?

jazzuscounty on June 28, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Recommending that the House of Representatives find Eric H. Holder Jr., Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice, in contempt of Congress for refusal to comply with a subpoena duly issued by the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
================================================

#440

H RES 711 YEA-AND-NAY 28-Jun-2012 4:30 PM
QUESTION: On Motion to Refer the Resolution to Oversight and Government Reform
BILL TITLE: Recommending that the House of Representatives find Eric H. Holder Jr., Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice, in contempt of Congress for refusal to comply with a subpoena duly issued by the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
________

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—- NAYS 251 —

http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2012/roll440.xml

canopfor on June 28, 2012 at 5:19 PM

LaTourette of Ohio

i saw him a year ago talking to a group of public transportation people about $$$$$$$$$$$$.

after he got done beseeching them to ‘spend all the money, then demand more’, the lib from OR got up to give his pitch.

Blumenaur (D-OR) got up and said…well, there’s not much i have to add.

so that’s your RINO from OH. He can trump any D any day

r keller on June 28, 2012 at 5:20 PM

This is some sad theater.

verbaluce on June 28, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Why do you do it ?

Bmore on June 28, 2012 at 5:20 PM

Interesting to note that the two GOP who voted no on Holder are from swing states — Rigell’s from VA, LaTourette’s from OH.
Teri Christoph, Smart Girl Politics

vamp57mw on June 28, 2012 at 5:20 PM

Have a question….

Which member of the Congressional Black Caucus is the stupidest?

Maybe John Roberts can decide.

sentinelrules on June 28, 2012 at 5:20 PM

#Yawn

libfreeordie on June 28, 2012 at 5:13 PM

They allege they did nothing wrong, have documents to prove it, but refuse to release them—and that doesn’t peak your interest when involving innocent lives lost?

#idiot

hillsoftx on June 28, 2012 at 5:20 PM

#Yawn

libfreeordie on June 28, 2012 at 5:13 PM

Run out of coffee in the teacher’s lounge your office?

oldroy on June 28, 2012 at 5:21 PM

it;s only 2:30 here,but dang it I’m going to have a beer

anyone want to join me?

cmsinaz on June 28, 2012 at 5:16 PM

good idea, today was a big day & it’s really hot as well.

22044 on June 28, 2012 at 5:21 PM

It needs to be called obamacare tax, not just obamatax. Tie it to obamacare!

Barred on June 28, 2012 at 5:18 PM

me likey

cmsinaz on June 28, 2012 at 5:21 PM

This is some sad theater.

verbaluce on June 28, 2012 at 5:08 PM

You sure are

Schadenfreude on June 28, 2012 at 5:21 PM

letget on June 28, 2012 at 5:19 PM

*clink*

cmsinaz on June 28, 2012 at 5:21 PM

#Yawn

libfreeordie on June 28, 2012 at 5:13 PM

Ah, “yawn”.

College professor?

Caring liberal?

Brian Terry and over 300 dead Mexican citizens and you say “yawn”.

Trevon Martin. Now, there was an important tragic death!

hawkdriver on June 28, 2012 at 5:22 PM

So what – the honorable db John Roberts has already confirmed we are all slaves to the state .

DeweyWins on June 28, 2012 at 5:22 PM

Another dumb move by GOP extremists and a gerrymandered Dems.

You Hot Airheads continue to do a fine job of pulling off the impossible feat of making Obama look like a noble victim of petty politics.

Please keep it up.

bifidis on June 28, 2012 at 5:22 PM

Just pathetic.
Standing next to a pic of Brian Terry…such tasteful staging.
They haven’t aimed to accomplish a single thing for that family – just using them and exploiting their grief.
This is some sad theater.

verbaluce on June 28, 2012 at 5:08 PM

The Terry repeatedly asks for the truth of what happened to their son.

You vermin refuse to give them that, all in the name of party loyalty.

Chuck Schick on June 28, 2012 at 5:23 PM

Joe Gould‏@reporterjoe

Fort Bragg confirms shooting on post at 15:30, multiple soldiers “involved.” Injuries/fatalities unknown. Occurred in unit area.

William Amos on June 28, 2012 at 5:11 PM

William Amos:I’m on it,sent in to tips,story is still developing:)

canopfor on June 28, 2012 at 5:23 PM

Which member of the Congressional Black Caucus is the stupidest?

Trick question, right? /snark

That’s like asking how many dead people are in a cemetery.

Answer: All of them.

Liam on June 28, 2012 at 5:23 PM

If the Washington Democrats are going to act like Wisconsin Democrats, shouldn’t they go to a hotel in Canada or Mexico…

RedSoxNation on June 28, 2012 at 5:09 PM

As long as they don’t come to Illinois, again. We might tip over if they all head to the Water Park in Rockford (curiously close to a Tilted Kilt restaurant.)

Fallon on June 28, 2012 at 5:23 PM

bifidis on June 28, 2012 at 5:22 PM | Delete | Delete and Ban

Only to you, sycophant.

kingsjester on June 28, 2012 at 5:23 PM

Holder reply just aired on C-span while waiting for recorded vote on the civil resolution. Talking about “jobs created or saved” by DOJ grants. But explain again, Mr. Now in Contempt of Congress AG, how giving guns to Mexican drug cartels saves lives.

de rigueur on June 28, 2012 at 5:24 PM

I’ve I had it with the lapdog news media.

Okay, was over at c-span watching Holder making his statement. He finishes his statement, starts to back’s away from the podium and stops as if he’s expecting questions.

Nothing.

Absolutely nothing from a room full of so called “news reporters”.

Couldn’t even scrounge up enough courage to ask one question.

Pathetic.

WisRich on June 28, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Trevon Martin. Now, there was an important tragic death!

hawkdriver on June 28, 2012 at 5:22 PM

There’s a difference. Trayvon Martin was black and Brian Terry was white, so Martin’s death is worse./libtard logic.

sentinelrules on June 28, 2012 at 5:24 PM

For the first time ever, the House of Representatives voted Thursday on whether to hold a sitting attorney general in contempt of Congress.
Or, you could say “unprecedented.”

Fallon on June 28, 2012 at 5:13 PM

I believe the proper phrase is “unexpectedly”

seymour01 on June 28, 2012 at 5:24 PM

wolfie-the dems are digusted with this vote

puhleeze

cmsinaz on June 28, 2012 at 5:24 PM

*clink*

cmsinaz on June 28, 2012 at 5:21 PM

cmsinaz:

*Clink*,ya know,I’ve been on since 5:30AM,gonna break
later,thank-Gawd—————-:)

canopfor on June 28, 2012 at 5:25 PM

Couldn’t even scrounge up enough courage to ask one question.

Pathetic.

WisRich on June 28, 2012 at 5:24 PM

unstinkingbelievable….

cmsinaz on June 28, 2012 at 5:25 PM

Key West Reader on June 28, 2012 at 5:07 PM
Do you have a link on this? Hubby and numerous family members are retired vets and this needs to get out STAT if true?
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letget on June 28, 2012 at 5:11 PM | Delete | Delete and Ban

We just got the call. Most of my family members are vets. My brother in law is a VA Administrator and he says because it is a “tax” they must comply and vets will have to purchase insurance policies.

My thought is they’ll probably be thrown into Medicaid.

Key West Reader on June 28, 2012 at 5:25 PM

steebo77 on June 28, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Altmire and Critz must be worried. Critz is also one of the ones not showing up at the circus in Charlotte. Altmire seems to be pretending to be conservative again, just in time for the election.

Night Owl on June 28, 2012 at 5:25 PM

canopfor on June 28, 2012 at 5:23 PM

Please keep us informed. I can’t find anything on this yet.
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letget on June 28, 2012 at 5:26 PM

The House is voting on Res. 706 to authorize the Oversight Committee to seek judgement in Federal Court requiring AG Holder to comply with subpeonas.

2 minutes remaining on this vote. I think this also includes their right to seek outside council if the Federal Court tries to drag that out. At least that is what I understood from R’s comments.

bluefox on June 28, 2012 at 5:26 PM

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