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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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

Yeah, reminds me of the death toll tickers CNN et.al. used to run during the Iraq war, along with the “grim milestones.” You really have no shame at all. But bigots usually don’t.

CurtZHP on June 28, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Hot Airheads get a piece of red meat that’s already turning rotten in their mouths.

Yep, the American people are deeply concerned about a failed ATF policy begun under Bush. Can’t wait to see housing prices and manufacturing orders rise.

FAIL.

bifidis on June 28, 2012 at 5:26 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

It’s our grief too, fool. And apparently, this grief was caused by Holder and his boss for thoroughly political reasons.

applebutter on June 28, 2012 at 5:26 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

There’s a thought. If Congress imposed a national “stupid tax” (starting with themselves, of course) the national debt would be paid off in about 5 minutes.

de rigueur on June 28, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Ya know, I’m not racist (allthough I once was long long ago), and I believe that every person stands on his/her/its own regardless of race or party affiliation. However, I have noticed that if anybody criticises ANYTHING a minority does, they are immediately and vociferously labeled a racist. I was a Cain and Rice supporter, but I now think that I can’t take the chnce. If a minority wants to do something in this progressive atmoslphere, you can never stop them. I will therefore be prejudiced in that I will pre-judge that once in office, any minority can and will run amock, and can’t be stopped. At this point, I will never vote for another minority.

Old Country Boy on June 28, 2012 at 5:26 PM

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.

WisRich on June 28, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Maybe, they were giving him the silent treatment. They wanted him to go away and really think about what he’d done.

/

Fallon on June 28, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Please keep it up.

bifidis on June 28, 2012 at 5:22 PM

Again, one dead person in FL as a result of another man defending his own life is a national tragedy worthy of all of our attention and a look into our very souls to examine whether we’re still a racist nation.

A dead agent and 300 Mexican civilians, petty politics.

May we award the Joe Goebbels Award to one of these commenters?

hawkdriver on June 28, 2012 at 5:27 PM

I’m a black man, I don’t trust or rely on the police for anything.
 
libfreeordie on June 20, 2012 at 1:51 PM

 

Holder is the head of the DOJ…resulted in the death of a U.S. border patrol agent and countless Mexicans

 

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

rogerb on June 28, 2012 at 5:27 PM

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 28, 2012 at 5:28 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

Oh, we will, we will.

Remind us again, how did the attempt by you diversionary, crybaby Leftists hacks to recall Scott Walker go? ROFLLMMFAO@you!!! :)

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

Hate to break it to you tard. Only idiots such as yourself and your comrades in arms..brainfree, verbaldouche, et al..consider this petty politics. Poor little Baracka…always the victim.

Here’s a simple question for you. If Holder was a Republican and the democrat Congress held him in contempt..would you be whining like you are now?

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

Maybe the 17 Dems started wondering why so many of these guns were left behind at crime scenes? If a gun is useful, and if the shooter has left the scene, why would the shooters leave these valuable guns behind?

Ah, no problem…there just dirty Mexicans. And as some of our trolls have pointed out, they would’ve been killed anyway.

oldroy on June 28, 2012 at 5:28 PM

Ya know, I’m not racist (allthough I once was long long ago), and I believe that every person stands on his/her/its own regardless of race or party affiliation. However, I have noticed that if anybody criticises ANYTHING a minority does, they are immediately and vociferously labeled a racist. I was a Cain and Rice supporter, but I now think that I can’t take the chnce. If a minority wants to do something in this progressive atmoslphere, you can never stop them. I will therefore be prejudiced in that I will pre-judge that once in office, any minority can and will run amock, and can’t be stopped. At this point, I will never vote for another minority.

Old Country Boy on June 28, 2012 at 5:26 PM

So, in short, you’re racist? I’m confused.

bifidis on June 28, 2012 at 5:28 PM

i thought about switching over to tingles and thought nahhhhhh, don’t want to spew my beer listening to that idiot

cmsinaz on June 28, 2012 at 5:28 PM

I call racism on the CBC. By it’s very name it’s a racist organization, by the fact that they are showing solidarity only because this involves a “brother” I’m calling them what they are racist and evil. Two border agents are dead, over 200 Mexican citizens are dead and you are playing racist politics. Oh and just to be fair I hate Pelosi too…and she’s white! The Karma train is heading down the tracks and is about to hit the left so hard they won’t be the majority in this country for years!

neyney on June 28, 2012 at 5:28 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 | Delete | Delete and Ban

Your “Noble Victim” will be crushed in November.

Everyone… there’s a new victim class. “Noble Victims”. They do what’s right, even if it is against the law and even if it is unconstitutional and even if it is opposed by a majority of Americans.

Noble Victim…. spit.

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

Yep, the American people are deeply concerned about a failed ATF policy begun under Bush. Can’t wait to see housing prices and manufacturing orders rise.

FAIL.

bifidis on June 28, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Your own president already debunked that lie. Give it another shot, Joe.

hawkdriver on June 28, 2012 at 5:28 PM

wolfie-the dems are digusted with this vote

puhleeze

cmsinaz on June 28, 2012 at 5:24 PM

And we’re disgusted with Holder’s stonewalling.

So, touche, Wolf Blitzed.

Bitter Clinger on June 28, 2012 at 5:29 PM

hawkdriver on June 28, 2012 at 5:28 PM

you’re here…did you hear about what happened at bragg?

cmsinaz on June 28, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Allen West Facebook

Lady Justice wears a blindfold because she represents objectivity– in that justice is or should be meted out objectively, without fear or favor, regardless of identity, money, power, gender or race. Today the Congressional Black Caucus and other liberal Members of Congress judged the Attorney General by the color of his skin, and not by the content of his character. I am disappointed my colleagues would rather engage in a political stunt to distract the American people from knowing the truth behind the Attorney General’s disregard of the law and disrespect of congressional oversight to provide requested documents. I stood on the House floor and cast my vote for Justice–Justice for Brian Terry, Justice for the American people and Justice for our Constitutional Republic.

William Amos on June 28, 2012 at 5:30 PM

20 Dems joining 185 Republicans so far in giving Issa’s committee the power to take Holder to civil court based on the previous Holder contempt resolution.

de rigueur on June 28, 2012 at 5:30 PM

It just slays me that the Congressional Black Caucus was so uptight over this. Why? Possibilities I can think of include:
a. They want to show picking on Holder is racist because he happens to be black
b. They are just generally contrary & ornery
c. well, I can’t think of any other possible reasons… it just defies logic.

KS Rex on June 28, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Oh, we will, we will.

Remind us again, how did the attempt by you diversionary, crybaby Leftists hacks to recall Scott Walker go? ROFLLMMFAO@you!!! :)

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

Dude, you actually sound like you need a therapist. Weird.

Another Hot Airhead pushed over the edge.

bifidis on June 28, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Wolf Blitzed.

Bitter Clinger on June 28, 2012 at 5:29 PM

heh

cmsinaz on June 28, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Do you think O will pardon Holder on the way out?

skeeterbite on June 28, 2012 at 5:30 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

Altmire is done. Critz and him were thrown into the same district (PA lost one congressional district with the latest census) and Critz won the primary. So Altmire is done from politics unless he decides to challenge Corbett for Governor in 2014.

Nelsen on June 28, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Official: Battalion commander dead in Fort Bragg shooting

http://usnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/06/28/12464281-official-battalion-commander-dead-in-fort-bragg-shooting
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Soldier kills officer in Fort Bragg shooting

Staff reports
Posted : Thursday Jun 28, 2012 17:17:55 EDT

A senior officer at Fort Bragg, N.C., was shot dead by an enlisted soldier who then killed himself this afternoon, according to Army officials.

The enlisted soldier, said to be an E-4, allegedly shot the officer and then turned the gun on himself.

A second soldier was injured by a ricocheting bullet, officials said.

Fort Bragg officials confirmed law enforcement responded to the shooting at 3:30 p.m. near 18th Airborne Corps headquarters but declined to make further comment, pending the notification of the victims’ family members.

Post officials were redirecting traffic around the historic section of Fort Bragg this afternoon and advising people to stay clear of the area.

http://www.armytimes.com/news/2012/06/army-fort-bragg-shooting-062812w/

canopfor on June 28, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Remember everyone.

Romney loves the Mandate. This is his tax at the Federal Level. We have Romney solely to blame for this being law. Why solely? Because he did it at the State level and proved it would work. It barely passed and without Romney’s Opt Eds and TV in favor of it most likely would have never passed. He almost got Snow (R) to vote for it by many accounts.

Romney originally said he only opposed it because it was not constitutional at the Federal Level. Well it is. Thus Romney bares far more blame for this law than Obama in many ways. To think Romney will keep his promise to repeal it is to not believe your lying eyes. Every action Romney did was in favor of Obama Care.

You vote for Romney or Obama you are absolutely voting for Obama Care and Amnesty for Illegals. You are also voting for Cap and Trade Romney also signed that into law in Mass.

Look at Romneys actual accomplishments. They are exactly the Democratic Platform. Very far removed from the Republican Platform.

Steveangell on June 28, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Yep, the American people are deeply concerned about a failed ATF policy begun under Bush and then cancelled by him in which no Federal agents died.

But Stupid Democrat drones like me will continue to claim the totally separate program O’bama/Holder started that resulted in the death of an Agent is All Bush’s Fault.

bifidis on June 28, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Fixed.

Del Dolemonte on June 28, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Yep, the American people are deeply concerned about a failed ATF policy begun under Bush. Can’t wait to see housing prices and manufacturing orders rise.

FAIL.

bifidis on June 28, 2012 at 5:26 PM

No it didn’t.

Just because Fred Savage…errr. Rachel Maddow tells you something doesn’t mean it’s real.

Operation Wide Reciever and Fast & Furious were total different.

But your disregard for the law and racism is noted.

tetriskid on June 28, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Civil contempt passes, so far 21 democrats voted yea.

midgeorgian on June 28, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Wolf Blitzed.

Bitter Clinger on June 28, 2012 at 5:29 PM
heh

cmsinaz on June 28, 2012 at 5:30 PM

I stole that from Rush.

Bitter Clinger on June 28, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Allen West Facebook

William Amos on June 28, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Sanity! Way to go, Allen!

KS Rex on June 28, 2012 at 5:32 PM

I’m confused.

bifidis on June 28, 2012 at 5:28 PM

Tell us something we don’t know.

Del Dolemonte on June 28, 2012 at 5:32 PM

As the mother of a border patrol agent, I take this very seriously, and I do not consider this “sad theater”. If that were my son, I would be supportive of the attention to his murder, if it would facilitate a vote to hold Eric the Withholder in contempt of Congress, so that my (and the country’s) questions could be answered. Don’t talk to me about “sad theater” until your child has signed on to protect this country and risks his life daily, but repeatedly has his hands tied by an administration that just considers him and his fellow agents “window dressing”–talk about some sad theater!!

texasaggie78 on June 28, 2012 at 5:32 PM

hawkdriver on June 28, 2012 at 5:28 PM

you’re here…did you hear about what happened at bragg?

cmsinaz on June 28, 2012 at 5:29 PM

I did. I just talked to my wife. She was out there this morning before work getting a rx for her Mom. I’m heading in to fly so I don’t have time to call any friends on main post. Not sure what happened.

hawkdriver on June 28, 2012 at 5:32 PM

The White House called this vote a ‘sideshow’ and a ‘distraction’.

A Department of Justice that considers itself above the law is no ‘sideshow’ or ‘distraction’. It is anathema.

A president who issues Executive Orders to try and cover up the activities of such a Department of Justice is worse than ‘Nixonian’.

Watergate did not result in any casualties. Nixon never ordered the break in at the Watergate Hotel. He simply ordered the FBI to cover it up.

Fast and Furious has directly caused the deaths of at least 300 people in two nations. Obama has issued an Executive Order in an attempt to cover it up.

IT took 8 months for Watergate to draw the full attention of the main stream media. NBC had used 10 SECONDS of airtime in discussing Operation Fast and Furious and the House investigation pursuant to it… until Obama issued that EO. NBC tried to lay it off as more Washington partisan politics.

Thanks to that Executive Order from Obama, and now the vote to hold Holder in Contempt of Congress, perhaps the main stream media will now be OBLIGED to cover this scandal more completely.IF nothing else, to explain WHY the HOUSE voted to hold HOLDER in CONTEMPT.

When the American people realize that this IS Watergate with 300 dead bodies, they will demand answers.

thatsafactjack on June 28, 2012 at 5:33 PM

pelosi mucked up terry’s name and called him brian taylor…

cmsinaz on June 28, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Drunks often get people’s names wrong.

Solaratov on June 28, 2012 at 5:33 PM

Update on Brag Shooting

William Amos on June 28, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Corps Headquarters?

hawkdriver on June 28, 2012 at 5:33 PM

Since Clinton getting BJs in the Oval Office from interns became public knowledge the Dems have abandoned any pretense of caring about the law of the land, ethics, or morality.

The ends justify all means for the Socialist Democratic Party. If that means laws must be ignored and if they can get away with it, then they have no problem with that.

The current crop of Dems make Tricky Dicky look like an altar boy.

farsighted on June 28, 2012 at 5:33 PM

Well we lost the Obamacare decision but we scored on this one. One and one. Stick that in your pipe and smoke it Holder!!!

logicman_1998 on June 28, 2012 at 4:53 PM

..he gets found guilty enough, he might go to the Greybar Hotel and have someone stick their pipe in him.

NOVEMBER 6TH: OUR TURN!

The War Planner on June 28, 2012 at 5:33 PM

F*** dudes – The GOP is like Lucy … who kept pulling the football away when Charlie Brown tried to kick it.

And just like Charlie Brown – GOP voters keep falling for it.

Ain’t nothing happening to brutha Holder – and you can bank that.

Just a lot of hot wind – but he’s got air conditioning!! LOL

HondaV65 on June 28, 2012 at 5:34 PM

A shooting occurred on base at Fort Bragg, N.C., this afternoon. The Army and local police have not yet been released details.

Update at 5:20p.m. ET: Sources tell WTVD that one Army officer was shot during a formation. The officer’s condition is not known, and the Army has not yet released any details.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on June 28, 2012 at 5:34 PM

hawkdriver on June 28, 2012 at 5:32 PM

good…let us know what you find out when you can…

cmsinaz on June 28, 2012 at 5:34 PM

20 Dems joining 185 Republicans so far in giving Issa’s committee the power to take Holder to civil court based on the previous Holder contempt resolution.

de rigueur on June 28, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Wow, a whole 20. That’s approx. 5% of all House Dems. Sounds like a stampede.

Or GOP self-delusion.

bifidis on June 28, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Ooh. do you think Issa’s attorneys will ask for info on walking guns to US gangs and the Florida operation that sent guns to Central America also?

Yep, the American people are deeply concerned about a failed ATF policy begun under Bush. Can’t wait to see housing prices and manufacturing orders rise.

FAIL.

bifidis on June 28, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Wide Receiver ends: 2007
Fast and Furious begins: 2009

oldroy on June 28, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Bitter Clinger on June 28, 2012 at 5:31 PM

:)

cmsinaz on June 28, 2012 at 5:34 PM

258 aye (including 21 Dems)
95 nay (including 0 Republicans)
5 present

Resolution empowering Issa committee to take this to civil court for declaratory judgement on its subpoenas, requiring Holder to hand over the documents.

de rigueur on June 28, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Dude, you actually sound like you need a therapist. Weird.

Another Hot Airhead pushed over the edge.

bifidis on June 28, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Awwwww, does a poor, diversionary, crybaby Leftist hack like you have a problem with me for enjoying your whines too much? LOL GOOD!!! :)

Bizarro No. 1 on June 28, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Wow, a whole 20. That’s approx. 5% of all House Dems. Sounds like a stampede.

Or GOP self-delusion.

bifidis on June 28, 2012 at 5:34 PM

But when one Republican votes for a Dem bill, it’s called bi-partisan.

oldroy on June 28, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Here’s a simple question for you. If Holder was a Republican and the democrat Congress held him in contempt..would you be whining like you are now?

Actually, if Holder were a Republican, the Republican party would have held him accountable and forced him out by now. When you’re a Democrat though, you deny and stonewall ad infinitum desperately hoping the story will go away. It’s quite pathetic but the Democrats are nothing if not consistent.

eyedoc on June 28, 2012 at 5:36 PM

hawkdriver on June 28, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Do you know why this isn’t on any of the news blogs or news outlets? This is the first I heard about this here.
L

letget on June 28, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Civil vote goes against Holder as well.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on June 28, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Wide Receiver ends: 2007
Fast and Furious begins: 2009

oldroy on June 28, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Uhhh… everyone knows years are racist.

tetriskid on June 28, 2012 at 5:36 PM

wolfie trying the ‘but mitt forced folks to get insurance’

cmsinaz on June 28, 2012 at 5:36 PM

OT Update on Bragg shooting

William Amos on June 28, 2012 at 5:30 PM

William Amos:Very nice a tie,but your ahead of me:)

canopfor on June 28, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Actually, if Holder were a Republican, the Republican party would have held him accountable and forced him out by now. When you’re a Democrat though, you deny and stonewall ad infinitum desperately hoping the story will go away. It’s quite pathetic but the Democrats are nothing if not consistent.

eyedoc on June 28, 2012 at 5:36 PM

+1

cmsinaz on June 28, 2012 at 5:36 PM

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

What a freaking lie this is..I swear to God Obama is incapable of telling the truth.

Terrye on June 28, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Obviously, electing Obama again won’t end the gridlock so vote for the other guy.

Wagthatdog on June 28, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Holder is held in contempt of Congress and Issa’s Committee is empowered to hire the attorneys to go around Holder’s department and take this straight to civil court for enforcement of the subpoenas. Not a bad day’s work.

de rigueur on June 28, 2012 at 5:37 PM

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.

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

D’aawww! Poor Libs, forever victims!

squint on June 28, 2012 at 5:37 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

He probably asked for permission from the family to do that. The Terry family aren’t very happy about all this and want answers.

Or so they’ve said publicly. If this helps get answers for them do you see a problem with it?

kim roy on June 28, 2012 at 5:37 PM

258 aye (including 21 Dems)
95 nay (including 0 Republicans)
5 present

Resolution empowering Issa committee to take this to civil court for declaratory judgement on its subpoenas, requiring Holder to hand over the documents.

Outstanding.

eyedoc on June 28, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Res H R 706 Passed Yes votes 258 no 95 Pres 5 NV 70

21 Dems voted yes with 95 voting no

Getting ready to listen to Mark Levin at 6PM EST

bluefox on June 28, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Wow, a whole 20. That’s approx. 5% of all House Dems. Sounds like a stampede.

Or GOP self-delusion.

bifidis on June 28, 2012 at 5:34 PM

As divided and stymied as this congress has been, a 5% “defection” is a stampede — a major mandate. I don’t know why you would think that’s delusional.

KS Rex on June 28, 2012 at 5:38 PM

I was hoping the Civil update said “BOOM,BOOM”

Odie1941 on June 28, 2012 at 5:38 PM

F*** dudes – The GOP is like Lucy … who kept pulling the football away when Charlie Brown tried to kick it.

And just like Charlie Brown – GOP voters keep falling for it.

Ain’t nothing happening to brutha Holder – and you can bank that.

Just a lot of hot wind – but he’s got air conditioning!! LOL

Angryed 2.0 on June 28, 2012 at 5:34 PM

CurtZHP on June 28, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Actually, if Holder were a Republican, the Republican party would have held him accountable and forced him out by now. When you’re a Democrat though, you deny and stonewall ad infinitum desperately hoping the story will go away. It’s quite pathetic but the Democrats are nothing if not consistent.

eyedoc on June 28, 2012 at 5:36 PM

+1

cmsinaz on June 28, 2012 at 5:36 PM

++

farsighted on June 28, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Actually, if Holder were a Republican, the Republican party would have held him accountable and forced him out by now. When you’re a Democrat though, you deny and stonewall ad infinitum desperately hoping the story will go away. It’s quite pathetic but the Democrats are nothing if not consistent.

eyedoc on June 28, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Oh yeah…they stand by their man {or woman}. It is all about power, not principles.

Terrye on June 28, 2012 at 5:39 PM

That’s approx. 5% of all House Dems. Sounds like a stampede.
 
bifidis on June 28, 2012 at 5:34 PM

 
The neat part is that 5% is the approximate amount of requested documents that the Holder turned over.
 
And here you agree that 5% is a laughably inadequate amount.
 
Well done.

rogerb on June 28, 2012 at 5:39 PM

When their brother needed their vote, the CBC went AWOL.

History will show 255 Yes, 67 No, 1 Present
A hundred years from now students will say “it looks like he obviously deserved it.”

J_Crater on June 28, 2012 at 5:39 PM

I’m confused.

bifidis on June 28, 2012 at 5:28 PM

Yes.

Vince on June 28, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Still ticks me off huge when I hear Sharpton and the usual suspects throwing out the race card over this. Pathetic.

“Contempt power should be used sparingly, carefully and only in the most egregious situations,”

The Attorney General lying to a congressional panel, with a president tossing in executive privilege over documents, and through it all guns go to Mexican thugs and a border agent is dead.

I would think that would qualify as a “most egregious” situation if ever there was one.

JetBoy on June 28, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Wow, a whole 20. That’s approx. 5% of all House Dems. Sounds like a stampede.

bifidis on June 28, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Funny you put it like that, as 5% is exactly the percentage of subpoenaed documents that Holder actually handed over to the House Oversight Committee, for which is he now the first U.S. AG ever to be held in contempt of Congress. And this is just the beginning of his beat-down.

de rigueur on June 28, 2012 at 5:39 PM

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

And unwritten in that letter:
…. And NEVER against anyone who has enhanced epidermal melanin levels.

LegendHasIt on June 28, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Wow, a whole 20. That’s approx. 5% of all House Dems. Sounds like a stampede.

Or GOP self-delusion.

bifidis on June 28, 2012 at 5:34 PM

and the 100 who bailed, how would you like to classify them? I will spot you the C-O-W….

hillsoftx on June 28, 2012 at 5:41 PM

F*** dudes – The GOP is like Lucy … who kept pulling the football away when Charlie Brown tried to kick it.

And just like Charlie Brown – GOP voters keep falling for it.

Ain’t nothing happening to brutha Holder – and you can bank that.

Just a lot of hot wind – but he’s got air conditioning!! LOL

Angryed 2.0 on June 28, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Not yet. But I did hear that the voters did not like the whole executive privilege thing….so maybe this will have more of an effect than you know.

Terrye on June 28, 2012 at 5:41 PM

This is some sad theater.

verbaluce on June 28, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Cry me a river, b!tch,

And then go choke on your hypocrisy.

You don’t give a tinker’s dam about Brian Terry or his family.

Solaratov on June 28, 2012 at 5:42 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

After acting like spoiled children when things don’t go their way, all of those who walked out should be voted out of office this November for not doing their job and that is upholding the rule of law in Congress. Eric Holder and Barack Obama are hiding something from the Terry family and the American people and now they need to be held accountable too.

KCinLV on June 28, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Steve LaTourette (OH-14) and Scott Rigell (VA-2) are the two Republicans voting against the resolution holding the Attorney General in contempt.

Republican Rep. Jerry Lewis (CA-41) did not vote.

steebo77 on June 28, 2012 at 4:57 PM

..man, you are good! I visualize you having an office in your home like some of those professional Vegas sports books with a hunnert TVs and four or five computers scanning the internet for all the facts you come up with.

Honestly, Steebo, you are one of the folks that make HG worthwhile as a source of info. One does not have to wade through the bullsh|t to get to the facts and dissection of poll results!

My sincere thanks!

The War Planner on June 28, 2012 at 5:43 PM

Wow, a whole 20. That’s approx. 5% of all House Dems. Sounds like a stampede.

Or GOP self-delusion.

bifidis on June 28, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Why do you always act like Dems can never be as or more partisan than Repubs, as though Jesus always blesses you for moral/ethical pureness? Do you believe such blatant one-sidedness demonstrates sanity?

Are you up to making an argument, free from personal attacks and other logical fallacies, that factually explains hows the Dems are not the ones who are motivated primarily by politics here? If you aren’t up to it, why not?

Bizarro No. 1 on June 28, 2012 at 5:43 PM

Gotta love Allen West:

Today the Congressional Black Caucus and other liberal Members of Congress judged the Attorney General by the color of his skin, and not by the content of his character. I am disappointed my colleagues would rather engage in a political stunt to distract the American people from knowing the truth behind the Attorney General’s disregard of the law and disrespect of congressional oversight to provide requested documents. I stood on the House floor and cast my vote for Justice–Justice for Brian Terry, Justice for the American people and Justice for our Constitutional Republic.

WannabeAnglican on June 28, 2012 at 5:43 PM

Wow, a whole 20. That’s approx. 5% of all House Dems. Sounds like a stampede.

Or GOP self-delusion.

bifidis on June 28, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Which just goes to show that most Democrats were too cowardly to even take a vote…

Terrye on June 28, 2012 at 5:43 PM

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

..isn’t LtCol West am member of the CBC?

The War Planner on June 28, 2012 at 5:44 PM

That’s approx. 5% of all House Dems. Sounds like a stampede.

bifidis on June 28, 2012 at 5:34 PM

You forgot to factor in your fellow bigots who walked out.

CurtZHP on June 28, 2012 at 5:45 PM

WannabeAnglican on June 28, 2012 at 5:43 PM

..oops! Thanks!

The War Planner on June 28, 2012 at 5:45 PM

CurtZHP on June 28, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Reminds me more of Jailbreak, aka, Jailbait.

Bmore on June 28, 2012 at 5:45 PM

<blockquote#Yawn

libfreeordie on June 28, 2012 at 5:13 PM

Translated: “I am so proud that the First Attorney General in history to be held in Contempt of Congress belongs to my Party.”

I would be proud too.

Del Dolemonte on June 28, 2012 at 5:46 PM

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

Not just lefties. I’ve been out all day so missed the epic threads, but it seems like a lot of Hot Gassers on the Right don’t get the brilliance of what Roberts did.

Del Dolemonte on June 28, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Yep, the American people are deeply concerned about a failed ATF policy begun under Bush. Can’t wait to see housing prices and manufacturing orders rise.

So Holder (or his subordinates, none of which he has fired) took a failed Bush program which the Bush DOJ had abandoned, revived it, removed many of its safeguards, scaled it up by orders of magnitude, kept it secret from the Mexican government, and ran it AGAIN and got exactly the same results, only worse. How, exactly is that Bush’s fault again?

As for the American People’s concern, that might just have something to do with the fact that the American Mass Media spent the last 18 months with their fingers in their ears and their eyes covered with blindfolds as far as this program was concerned.

Socratease on June 28, 2012 at 5:49 PM

As the post lacks this key bit of data…

What was the numeric vote result?

LaserBeam on June 28, 2012 at 5:50 PM

So, in short, you’re racist? I’m confused.

bifidis on June 28, 2012 at 5:28 PM

Don’t be confused. You would call me recist no matter what I did or said. You progressive/marxists do that in response to any question or argument. So, as long as you bigots are going to knee jerk, and call me racist, no matter what I do or say, I might as well be one. That doesn’t mean much anymore, anyway. Congratulation you liberal puff – you have made an enemy when you didn’t have to.

Old Country Boy on June 28, 2012 at 5:50 PM

What disgusts me with the black ‘rats is that they swore an oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America and it’s laws and today’s stunt raises the question, what is more importent to them upholding the law of the land or the color of holders skin?

keithofboston on June 28, 2012 at 5:51 PM

William Amos:Very nice a tie,but your ahead of me:)

canopfor on June 28, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Well both of you scooped Drudge it appears. Too bad it had to be something this tragic. Where is Fox with all of their “Alerts”?

bluefox on June 28, 2012 at 5:52 PM

it seems like a lot of Hot Gassers on the Right don’t get the brilliance of what Roberts did.

It wasn’t brilliance but hubris. He decided to act like Solomon, but ended up cutting the baby in half.

Socratease on June 28, 2012 at 5:52 PM

Wow, a whole 20. That’s approx. 5% of all House Dems. Sounds like a stampede.

Or GOP self-delusion.

bifidis on June 28, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Funny you use a 5% figure. That’s the same percentage as the total page number of documents Holder’s turned over to the Committee in almost 2 years.

Please tell us why you think Holder and O’bama are Above the law, and also please tell us what you think they are hiding.

Del Dolemonte on June 28, 2012 at 5:53 PM

…but it seems like a lot of Hot Gassers on the Right don’t get the brilliance of what Roberts did.

Del Dolemonte on June 28, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Been out for a while myself, but you are right. Some Hot Gassers are slower than others.

When this sinks in to the leftys and newsies, things will be really fun.

cozmo on June 28, 2012 at 5:53 PM

H RES 706 YEA-AND-NAY 28-Jun-2012 5:34 PM
QUESTION: On Agreeing to the Resolution
BILL TITLE: Authorizing the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to initiate or intervene in judicial proceedings to enforce certain subpoenas

—- YEAS 258 —

—- NAYS 95 —

http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2012/roll442.xml

canopfor on June 28, 2012 at 5:53 PM

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