AG Holder: That contempt vote? Nah, doesn’t bother me

posted at 12:51 pm on February 28, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

And why should it, really? Executive-privilege pulling President Obama and his dutiful administration managed to escape pretty well unscathed from Oversight’s investigation into their deadly gunwalking operation, which resulted in the deaths of at least two Americans and countless Mexicans, by stonewalling at every available turn. The ol’ Deny & Redact strategy worked out pretty well for them — who really cares anymore that the investigation did at least uncover that the scandalous operation was the direct result of, at absolute best, gross negligence and incompetence on the behalf of his department? Why should he lose sleep at night? Via ABC:

In a wide-ranging, exclusive interview Wednesday, ABC News’ Pierre Thomas asked Holder how he reacted when House Republicans voted with 17 Democrats to hold him in contempt of Congress last June over ATF’s “Fast and Furious” gun scandal.

“It’s something that I think was unfortunate,” Holder said. “I think it’s a result of this kind of partisan sport that I think we engage in here in Washington far too often.” …

“But I have to tell you that for me to really be affected by what happened, I’d have to have respect for the people who voted in that way,” Holder told ABC News. “And I didn’t, so it didn’t have that huge an impact on me.” …

And of course, Holder had to get in yet another shot at those loathsome Republicans and do a little sequestration-scaremongering of his own:

“I mean, I think this president came into office with the notion that he wanted to change how Washington does business. I think this president has extended his hand on any number of occasions,” Holder said.

“And I think we’ve seen too often the opposition not being what I would call a responsible opposition party, but a part that simply is opposed to anything the president has wanted to do,” Holder said. “And I think that has led to partisan gridlock that the American people are not satisfied with and that frankly does not serve the interests of this nation.”

Oh, Obama has ‘changed Washington,’ alright — and how. But hey, you know what else doesn’t serve the interests of this nation? Deliberately doing your worst to bring out the most horrendous possible consequences of sequestration, so you can continue to hype the need to raise taxes on the wealthy while having no serious plan to address our ever-growing $16 trillion debt. And no, merely closing loopholes for fat-cat millionaires’ corporate jets and whatever else because you simply can’t find the room for spending cuts is not a solution — not that the Obama administration has a problem with spending taxpayer money on their own version of corporate jets, mind you. Via CBS News:

Congressional Republicans are raising questions about the alleged misuse of government aircraft by senior Justice Department officials, including FBI Director Robert Mueller and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.

Two Gulfstream jets that the FBI told Congress would be used primarily for counterterrorism efforts have been used by Holder and Mueller for business and personal reasons – to the tune of $11.4 million – according to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report requested by Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa. …

In an August 2012 letter to Mueller, Grassley, along with now-former Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Tex., and GOP Reps. Lamar Smith and Frank Wolf, wrote, “We are aware that the Attorney General is required to travel by government aircraft for security purposes…We also understand that travel is an inherent and expected part of the job for any Attorney General.” …

In a separate press release, Grassley insisted that there must be a thriftier alternative. “These luxury jets were supposedly needed for counterterrorism, but it turns out that they were used almost two-thirds of the time for jet-setting executive travel instead.”


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Arrest him?

Don L on February 28, 2013 at 12:55 PM

AG Holder: That contempt vote? Nah, doesn’t bother me

And why would it? Who is going to hold him to account for anything? He serves at the pleasure of Barack Obama, he does the will of Obama, he keeps Obama from being held accountable for anything he does.

Congress doesn’t have the will or testicular fortitude to pull Erick Holder and Barack Obama’s house of card down, Congress is full of cowards and traitors, and Erick Holder knows it.

SWalker on February 28, 2013 at 12:57 PM

Nothing bothers crooked thugs.

His boss is a Lilliputian in Chief.

Schadenfreude on February 28, 2013 at 12:59 PM

What difference, at this point, does it make?

rbj on February 28, 2013 at 1:00 PM

Y’all had enough yet? Or are we just gonna sit around and bellyache about it like usual?

beatcanvas on February 28, 2013 at 1:02 PM

AG Holder: That contempt vote? Nah, doesn’t bother me

What does it matter, at this point, anyway?

LetsBfrank on February 28, 2013 at 1:02 PM

bho has been helded in contempt by a judge for his actions on the oil/gas leases in the Gulf and zero has been done about that! NOTHING happens to these below crooked/lying snakes! NONE of them!
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letget on February 28, 2013 at 1:03 PM

But I have to tell you that for me to really be affected by what happened, I’d have to have respect for the people who voted in that way,” Holder told ABC News

 
Those aren’t just “people”. They represent the electorate. Read it again. Realize what he’s saying.

rogerb on February 28, 2013 at 1:08 PM

Just a coupla guys out for a walk.

JeremiahJohnson on February 28, 2013 at 1:08 PM

The Untouchables.

SGinNC on February 28, 2013 at 1:09 PM

“But I have to tell you that for me to really be affected by what happened, I’d have to have respect for the people who voted in that way,” Holder told ABC News. “And I didn’t, so it didn’t have that huge an impact on me.” …

The Holder “justice” department is not focused on the law but on the dictates and whims and obfuscations of a corrupt AG and his toadies. This in-your-face reply by Holder is as contemptuous as are his behaviors.

onlineanalyst on February 28, 2013 at 1:12 PM

That whole tough talk from Darryl Issa……what a hoot that was. Thanks for the laughs Congressman.

LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL. You really had us for awhile thinking that the AG had done something.

Issa, you’re a credit to the Ruling Class, you are.

Gotta admire Holder for his chutzpah. He knows the gop is gutless and he just does what he wants. Wish the Conservatives have had just one of the testicles that the Dems/Progressives seem to have.

PappyD61 on February 28, 2013 at 1:12 PM

But I have to tell you that for me to really be affected by what happened, I’d have to have respect for the people who voted in that way,” Holder told ABC News

Wow, you utter fool – Nixon had to respect the people who downed him?

Hitler had to respect the Russians when they found him?

Holder is a not very smart thug.

Schadenfreude on February 28, 2013 at 1:14 PM

their deadly gunwalking operation, which resulted in the deaths of at least two Americans and countless Mexicans,

Guns don’t kill people!

red_herring on February 28, 2013 at 1:19 PM

Ya, know, that contempt vote is probably considered a badge of honor to Holder, something to be proud of and highlight in his resume. A small sacrifice, really small, in service to his boss.

hawkeye54 on February 28, 2013 at 1:23 PM

…I broke the law…and the law WON!

KOOLAID2 on February 28, 2013 at 1:27 PM

As somebody entering the legal profession, I am increasingly dismayed by the utter contempt for the law and just basic decency that Holder has. The man is an utter disgrace to his profession, and a disgrace to humanity. I spit on him.

Othniel on February 28, 2013 at 1:28 PM

Everyone knows that the “SS” is above the law.

rplat on February 28, 2013 at 1:29 PM

What’s the current status of the court case on Holder/ Barak O’Nixon’s invocation of executive privilege to hide documents and communications from the American public in the fast and Furious investigation?

Cavalry on February 28, 2013 at 1:32 PM

Please start refering to him as his preferred title of Generalissimo Holder.

acyl72 on February 28, 2013 at 1:34 PM

Defund the racist jerk’s office. And no, I don’t mean Barack Obama – his office, unlike himself, is Constitutional. Dept of Just-Us, just like a hundred of other DC bureaucratic cesspools, is not.

Nah, won’t happen. Balls are a rarity these days.

Archivarix on February 28, 2013 at 1:41 PM

At this point, does anything the dems do really matter, all things considered?

The Repubs are just another arm of this many tentacled devilish octopus…

A few repubs come out every now and again say a few words and sound off, but in the end, what. Nothing fracking happens!

Time money and energy wasted…our time our energy and our money, wasted…

No more.

Until the repubs find the cahones to really do somthing, I will cease believing a damn thing they say.

All talk and no action, no REAL action to speak of.

Smoke and freaking Mirrors…

beatcanvas on February 28, 2013 at 1:02 PM

I have to agree with you…

Scrumpy on February 28, 2013 at 1:44 PM

Two Gulfstream jets that the FBI told Congress would be used primarily for counterterrorism efforts have been used by Holder and Mueller for business and personal reasons – to the tune of $11.4 million – according to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report requested by Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa. …

This is done on purposeful spite. The media will never report this. If they did, they will say someone from W’s administration once flew on a jet and it also cost ga-zillions. Then proverbial Republicans hate black people for flying on jets, yada yada… Tweets abound & echo of Repub stupidity. It’s a game people. There is zero governance in Washington DC

drivingtheview on February 28, 2013 at 1:55 PM

A couple hundred Mexicans murdered, along with the murder of a couple of border control agents: no biggee.

What difference does it make?

ss396 on February 28, 2013 at 1:58 PM

Who cares? Okay, so Fast and Furious failed, Americans and Mexicans were murdered, and we didn’t get away with exploiting it to increase gun control.

Thankfully, some nut killed a bunch of kids, and now we’ve got an even more emotional situation to exploit to increase gun control. So it all worked out in the end.

The Rogue Tomato on February 28, 2013 at 2:03 PM

Heinrich Luitpold Himmler felt no different.

Schadenfreude on February 28, 2013 at 2:10 PM

That whole tough talk from Darryl Issa……what a hoot that was. Thanks for the laughs Congressman.

LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL. You really had us for awhile thinking that the AG had done something.

Issa, you’re a credit to the Ruling Class, you are.

Gotta admire Holder for his chutzpah. He knows the gop is gutless and he just does what he wants. Wish the Conservatives have had just one of the testicles that the Dems/Progressives seem to have.

PappyD61 on February 28, 2013 at 1:12 PM

Yes, this is where I say, “I told you so“…

SWalker on February 28, 2013 at 2:16 PM

“I think it’s a result of this kind of partisan sport”

Hey scumbag, 17 D’s supported contempt charges, as well..so sick and tired of MSM not coming back with the obvious gut punch that sits at their frontal lobe….

hillsoftx on February 28, 2013 at 2:21 PM

Government Accountability Office (GAO)

Why don’t we sequester cut this department? It’s a black hole anyway.

LetsBfrank on February 28, 2013 at 2:46 PM

Better question to ask Holder. WHY AREN’T YOU IN PRISON?

GarandFan on February 28, 2013 at 2:50 PM

He’s still in denial, thinking he’s above the law.

sadatoni on February 28, 2013 at 3:08 PM

There is NO answer for addressing ANY of the wrongdoing implemented by this adminstration which relys on the legal process that is the correct answer.

The correct model is The French Revolution.

williamg on February 28, 2013 at 3:16 PM

He’s still in denial, thinking he’s above the law.

Until proven otherwise, he’s not just above the law….he IS the law.

I don’t see any real argument or substantive action from CONgress on the matter. A hollow and useless contempt charge aside.

hawkeye54 on February 28, 2013 at 3:19 PM

Better question to ask Holder. WHY AREN’T YOU IN PRISON?

Holder: “Because my boss won.”

hawkeye54 on February 28, 2013 at 3:20 PM

Here stands a man that really, truly, absolutely, for sure deserves to be posterized with a pencil thin mustache, bolo tie, diamond stud ear ring & behind bars.

RdLake on March 1, 2013 at 1:16 AM