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."


  1. Jacques says

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

  2. LincolnLounger says

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

  3. Dale says

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

  4. Brian in Texas says

    LincolnLounger is a gay republican. Ignore him.

    This was a pure political stunt.

  5. Brian says

    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!”

  6. John says

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

  7. Leonard says

    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.

  8. says

    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.

  9. Bri says

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

  10. Icebloo says

    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 !

  11. IAN F says

    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.

  12. theotherlee says

    @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…

  13. chris255 says

    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.

  14. Mastro says

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

  15. Jacoby says

    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.

  16. CGD says

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

  17. simon says

    Held in contempt? Is it just a lot of hot air?
    What is next? Impeachment of him or even the president? They should have better things to do.

  18. Ace says

    @MASTRO: “Is he going to pull the race card now? Many black people seem to have that down to an art.”

    The Republican/Tea Party plays exclusively with anti-minority (anti-Black, anti-Latino, anti-GLBT) and anti-woman decks.

    So Holder just has to play the hand he’s been dealt.