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House Holds Eric Holder In Contempt For Fast And Furious Files

EricHolderFastAttorney General Eric Holder made history today, and unlike his vow not to defend the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act, this accomplisment is not worth celebrating.

For the first time ever, the House of Representative voted 255-67 to a sitting Justice Department head in criminal contempt. In Holder's case, it's for his refusal to turn over documents relating to the Fast and Furious gun-running scandal that was sparked by the death of a border agent named Brian Terry. According to CNN, nearly all of the House Republicans voted "yea" and were joined by 17 Democrats.

Holder doesn't seem too stressed about the being held in contempt. He described the vote as "the regrettable culmination of what became a misguided — and politically motivated — investigation during an election year."

"By advancing [this case] over the past year and a half, Congressman (Darrell) Issa and others have focused on politics over public safety," said Holder.

"Instead of trying to correct the problems that led to a series of flawed law enforcement operations, and instead of helping us find ways to better protect the brave law enforcement officers, like Agent Brian Terry, who keep us safe — they have led us to this unnecessary and unwarranted outcome."

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  1. Personally, I have nothing but contempt for this congress, so kudos to Mr. Holder.

    Posted by: Jacques | Jun 28, 2012 8:52:25 PM

  2. Holder is the worst political hack to be Attorney General since John Mitchell.

    Posted by: LincolnLounger | Jun 28, 2012 9:23:28 PM

  3. This Congress deserves everyone's contempt.

    Posted by: Johnson | Jun 28, 2012 9:41:20 PM


    Posted by: REALLY | Jun 28, 2012 9:53:04 PM

  5. @LINCOLNLOUNGER What exactly has this guy done in three years to offend you or take away any of your gun rights?

    Posted by: Dale | Jun 28, 2012 10:00:12 PM

  6. @ LincolnLounger: John Mitchell wasn't even Black!

    Posted by: Ed Meese | Jun 28, 2012 10:34:38 PM

  7. LincolnLounger is a gay republican. Ignore him.

    This was a pure political stunt.

    Posted by: Brian in Texas | Jun 28, 2012 10:41:03 PM

  8. Let's be real. This was just a way for Dem's to create a drama fueled situation so they could come up with a reason to erode our rights to own guns. The intent was to supply guns to the mexicans so they could kill Americans and then the politicians could turn around and say " I told you so!"

    Posted by: Brian | Jun 28, 2012 11:18:29 PM

  9. So wait... Republicans admit guns kill people?

    Posted by: Randy | Jun 28, 2012 11:20:58 PM

  10. @ Brian. If you're serious, which I doubt, you're historically inaccurate about Fast and Furious.

    Posted by: John | Jun 28, 2012 11:33:27 PM

  11. So, Brian...

    Democrats in 2004 under George Bush initiated a widespread conspiracy to intentionally leak weapons into Mexico so they could then be sold to the Cartels which would then turn up in MEXICAN crimes. They would then use the fact that some guns were used in some crimes in Mexico to pass gun control legislation (which Obama has never talked about ever).

    You do know the guns used in FF and the GWB gun walking operated Wide Reciever were tagged. When and if these guns turn back up they can be tracked back to the government!

    And that's why such a serious issue won't be investigated and solved. Democrats are circling the wagons and Republicans are too busy buying into weird conspiracy theories.

    Posted by: Leonard | Jun 28, 2012 11:34:11 PM

  12. Only when it's a Democratic administration that sold the gun. If you even suggest that American gun sellers share responsibility for the epidemic of gun crimes in the USA, the NRApublicans will go into spin overdrive.

    Political stunt. The GOP hasn't found a Lewinsky, so they're going to grab any molehill they can find, and run around telling anyone with a camera that it's a mountain.

    Posted by: Chris | Jun 28, 2012 11:35:14 PM

  13. What's wrong with transparency.... turn over the documents and be done with it. Refusal to do so just makes it look bad.

    Posted by: Bri | Jun 29, 2012 12:03:54 AM

  14. People need to read the REAL story about how this border patrol man died as a result of the NRA and other gun toting crazies have ruined the laws of the US so that the cops fighting illegal gun selling over the border have no laws to help them. This mess lies FIRMLY at the feet of the Republican Party & the NRA. Then they have the audacity to blame the Democrats for the laws the Republicans put in place !

    Posted by: Icebloo | Jun 29, 2012 12:21:30 AM

  15. icebloo has it right. I read the whole story and it is unbelievable. Then the NRA has the audacity to put this contempt vote on their scorecard and make sure everybody knows it. That's why even a bunch of Democrats voted for it.

    They are out of control yet the only people who can stop them are bought and paid for. They already write the gun laws, what more do they want? Greedy f*ckers.

    Posted by: IAN F | Jun 29, 2012 12:53:28 AM

  16. @Ice and @Ian ... Care to share a link to the 'real story'? My repub dad is haranguing me and I'd like to be able to counter with facts...

    Posted by: theotherlee | Jun 29, 2012 1:08:37 AM


    If he's a Fox "news" watcher I may be able to find you the study that concluded people who get their news from Fox are not only the least informed of all news watchers, but are less informed than people who watch no news at all.

    Posted by: IAN F | Jun 29, 2012 1:23:08 AM

  18. @Ian.. Yup.. Faux News Fan from Hell..

    Posted by: theotherlee | Jun 29, 2012 1:25:16 AM

  19. Here you go... best of luck. I think they need a deprogramming camp for people who have been brainwashed by FN but still have some bit of conscience left to work with.

    Posted by: IAN F | Jun 29, 2012 1:51:21 AM

  20. Remember when the Wikileaks came out and everyone was like "Well duh that's what we were thinking anyways", but the media and politicians were totally spinning it making everyone mad?

    What if they were just playing proxy war to limit the violence south of the border? I'm pretty confident that if the full details of the operation were to be exposed the majority of Americans would not only be educated, but support it. The kicker is these documents would put more lives in jeopardy and be a cause for targeted attacks - physical not political.

    You can not deny that Mexican gangs have infiltrated the USA.

    Posted by: chris255 | Jun 29, 2012 4:36:09 AM

  21. Is he going to pull the race card now? Many black people seem to have that down to an art.

    Posted by: Mastro | Jun 29, 2012 6:55:55 AM

  22. He was a failure. All actions have consequences

    Posted by: J.J | Jun 29, 2012 6:56:46 AM

  23. He's been a success --- especially at stopping Republican efforts at voter supression. All actions have consequences.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Jun 29, 2012 8:44:45 AM

  24. Whether this is political or not, I fully support transparency in government. The US has some of the strongest access to information laws in the world. They exist because the public and the media are not required to simply accept as truth the claims of government and law enforcement that "everything is fine" and "we can't tell you because national security is at stake" because we know from past experience that both government and law enforcement lie. It is important that the public and the media be allowed to verify the claims that everything is fine. In fact, the risk of public exposure is probably one of the strongest checks against improper action. In this case, I suspect that there are some documents that legitimately privileged and which should not be released but also others that are merely politically embarrassing. What will happen in this case is that a judge will likely go through all the documents, deny Congress access to the privileged ones and order release of the politically embarrassing ones. What the Democrats have to do is make sure the hearing in front of the judge does not happen until after the election. In other words, the administration must create a five month delay.

    Posted by: Jacoby | Jun 29, 2012 8:49:08 AM

  25. I think everyone is overlooking the fact that this program was initiated under the Bush Presidency.

    Posted by: CGD | Jun 29, 2012 9:44:30 AM

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