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On the bipartisan House vote to hold Eric Holder in contempt

By an overwhelming majority, the House of Representatives voted

. . . to place Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for not complying with a congressional subpoena.

Seventeen Democrats bucked party lines and voted with Republicans to pass a criminal contempt resolution in a 255-67 vote. House Oversight and Government Affairs Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) pushed that resolution as part of his 16-month investigation into the botched “Fast and Furious” gun-tracking operation.

Now, Democrats are trying to demagogue the decision, but as Michelle Malkin pointed out in taking on the arguments one such demagogue, their talking points don’t stand up to scrutiny:

While he regurgitated DOJ talking points about Holder’s “unprecedented” level of cooperation, [MSNBC host Al] Sharpton neglected to mention that the agency has delivered less than 8 percent of the 80,000 documents sought by congressional investigators. He forgot to acknowledge that of the 70 DOJ officials involved in Fast and Furious, 48 have been blocked by DOJ from testifying. He failed to detail the withdrawn Feb. 4, 2011, letter to Congress falsely denying the existence of Fast and Furious, Holder’s flip-flops over what he knew and when, and Holder’s blame-shifting assertion, withdrawn last week, that falsely accused former Bush Attorney General Michael Mukasey of being briefed on a separate gunwalking operation.

If Mr. Holder has done nothing wrong and has nothing to hide, why is he hiding so much?

UPDATE from Bruce:  Fun fact! The Holder contempt vote was MORE bi-partisan than any of the final Obamacare votes.



  1. While this decision is overshadowed by the SCOTUS ruling, I think the vote was the correct one. I am not sure what Holder is trying to hide, but the more he fails to cooperate the more there seems to be something there.

    We’ll see where it goes, but my guess is Holder and defenders will argue this is a witch hunt.

    Comment by Just Me — June 28, 2012 @ 9:17 pm - June 28, 2012

  2. 113 “votes” are missing in this count. Obviously, Jesse Jackson, Jr. is too exhausted to vote, but what about the others? They weren’t able to get to the floor to stand by their man?

    The election year tea leaves must be sending off some powerful vibes.

    Comment by heliotrope — June 28, 2012 @ 9:54 pm - June 28, 2012

  3. It will be interesting to see where this leads. But if F&F causes Obama’s campaign problems, at least he has Obamacare and 2% growth to fall back on.

    Comment by chad — June 29, 2012 @ 12:14 am - June 29, 2012

  4. The vote was also more bipartisan than the porkulus!

    Comment by Kurt — June 29, 2012 @ 10:33 am - June 29, 2012

  5. There were 2 GOP reps who voted “Present.” Who are these cowards??

    Peter H.

    Comment by Peter Hughes — June 29, 2012 @ 12:19 pm - June 29, 2012

  6. Another Fun Fact: The 97-0 vote against Obama’s 2011 budget and the 99-0 vote against his 2012 budget were absolutely bipartisan.

    Comment by V the K — June 29, 2012 @ 5:24 pm - June 29, 2012

  7. V the K: And those were just the Senate votes. The House voted 414-0 against Obama’s 2012 budget.

    Comment by Kurt — June 29, 2012 @ 6:08 pm - June 29, 2012

  8. Actually, I guess it was the 2013 budget that went down 414-0 in the House in late March, the same one that the Senate voted down 99-0 in May.

    Comment by Kurt — June 29, 2012 @ 6:12 pm - June 29, 2012

  9. Hmmm…..yes, I read some info on the Democrats who voted for this. Seems that they’re in tight re-elections this year and have the NRA breathing down their necks. Very simple – if you vote Holder in contempt, then the NRA doesn’t come at you with a well funded campaign against you.

    Comment by Kevin — July 2, 2012 @ 3:25 am - July 2, 2012

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