House Votes To Hold Holder In Criminal Contempt of Congress 255-67

The U. S. House of Representatives, after 18 months of investigation and stonewalling by the Obama Justice Department have voted 255-67 to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in criminal contempt of Congress. Holder becomes the first sitting attorney general to be held in contempt. Looks like the Obama administration has a first for everything.

Fox News reports,

The vote was preceded by a heated floor debate.

“It’s important to remember how we got here,” House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said during a speech ahead of the vote. “The Justice Department has not provided the facts and information we requested. … It’s our constitutional duty to find out.”

The GOP-led House took the step over the alleged failure to provide additional information about the failed gun-running operation known as Fast and Furious which was run by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives -- a division of the Justice Department led by Holder.

Democrats walked out of the chamber ahead of the vote.

Nancy Pelosi declared, "What is happening is shameful!" I'd say it was no more shameful than the former Communist Speaker of the House wanting people to pass a health care bill to find out what is in it. At least in this issue there was clear evidence of contempt and you didn't have to vote in order to see the contempt of Eric Holder.

The vote was bi-partisan as 17 Democrats voted with Republicans in favor of contempt for Holder.

Darrell Issa, Chairman of the House Oversight Committee tried to eliminate a vote on the floor of the House earlier, but Holder was uncooperative. Over one thousand more documents have been requested which Holder fails to provide.

The House proceeded with the vote after Holder continued to show that he would be unmoved.

Lawmakers also voted against a proposal to return the matter to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee put forth by Rep. John dingell (D-MI).

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  • edna1234_bowden

    Accountable is Obama, Hillary Clinton and Eric Holder. Get rid of all of them.

  • MIKE6080

    why is the sob still there , because the rinos and demonrats are all working together in destroying the country .

  • Proud Primate

    Just a glance at the first ten comments in this thread is like listening to the chatter in a little wooden clubhouse of pre-pubescent boys, regaling each other with their bravado.

    You clowns are going to look such fools as has never before been seen in the history of the US congress when the public, and the foolish media (talking about you, CBS) realize how bad you've missed it.

    You want facts? You want evidence? Have you even heard of Katherine Eban's Pulitzer-quality (I will bet she does get the prize for it eventually) article at Fortune magazine, The truth about the Fast and Furious scandal, much less read it?

    If you ever do, you will discover that the hero of the CBS interview, "whistleblower" John Dodson is actually the only person who ever "walked guns" to presumed Mexican drug traffickers, and did so against strict orders of his superiors, whom he and two other ATF agents were in the throes of a minor (or not so minor) mutiny against. Three guns were all that were ever "walked" and he walked them, and one of them showed up at the site of the killing of Brian Terry. At this point he became a "whistleblower", accusing his boss of commanding him to walk guns, and CBS fell for it. Then you fell for it.

    The fact is, the Arizona gun laws are so flimsy that a kid too young to buy beer can walk into one of the 854 gun dealers in greater Phoenix, plunk down $300,000, and if he has no criminal record, walk out with that many AK47s, having told the clerk "they were for his own use", and then hand them over in the f'ing parking lot to a middle man who ships them to the Mexican gangs, and the US attorneys are powerless to authorize the ATF to stop them.

    The NRA has engineered this catastrophe, and you are their pack of dogs that make it happen. Congratulations.

    I can't wait until you discover how bad you have stepped in it, bozos.

  • Chris Walker

    I must confess i'm shocked. The republicans have been so cowardly on so many other things over the years, that i'm actally SHOCKED they went through with THIS. Happy, but shocked none the less...

  • Terri Means

    Ok so he is now officially in contempt of Congress. So what are they going to do about it? He should ALREADY be in jail awaiting trial and prison. And will his boss obumbler be held in contempt? So what can we TRUELY expect to come out of this ruling? I mean look what Clitnon did even after being IMPEACHED! Nothing, he just snubbed nose at everybody and continued on until his second term was over. That sucks! This sucks! And we suck for allowing these very serious infractions to happen in the first plaaaace and we allow them to continue to happen. It's like everything is done for face value only. I will only slightly be relieved AFTER holder is in prison with his boss. They can share a cell and all the anemnities that go along with being bunkies in prison. Enjoy.


    Now all we have to do is implement the legal and constitutional congressional duty to swear out a warrant for the foreign-born Muslim communist agent dictator Mr. Barack Hussein Obama II's arrest. The legal constitutional charge against the foreign-born agent Mr. Barack Hussein Obama II shall be under the statute of 'Saboteur' rather than the "Impeachment' process that applies to born citizens of the United States and its territories.
    USAF (RET)

  • jb80538

    Now can they put him in jail for contempt or force him to resign? I think jail would be nice. save room for pelosi, reid and obama!

  • jimm

    We conservatives need to work on ousting not only Obama but every Liberal in the House and Senate. We can do so by overwhelming the polls with our vote; most certainly taking our Pelosi and Reid and fo r sure Obama. Talk it up with your friends and contacts. Lets get to work.

  • Jim Howard

    Supreme court justice roberts just threw away freedom from tierney. Socialist judges should be stripped of judgeship forever. It needs to be done immediately. The Supreme Court is unbalanced with anti-american judges and must be tested with lie detector tests to establish their loyalty to The Constitution Of The United States of America immediately. If they deny taking the test, they should automatic be dismissed from judgeship foreever. Denial is guilt. Let freedom ring. God save America from socialism.

  • wizard

    It is a step in the right direction. Are they going to follow through?
    P.S. Don't be concernde with what Nancymight say. she is a nutter and irrelavent.

  • joe1042

    I just think the American people should be able to see names of the 110 cowards that did not vote on this so we can remember for future events or elections This was a real grime, what if these guns ended up in Chi obama's home town. If you read the papers a young girl was klled their thrusday at a cool aid stand. All about taking guns away from the honest people in the USA.

  • Phannesa

    Finally!!!!! Now, obama needs to be impeached too.

  • monty

    better yet send her to arizona and put her in one of arpaio's pink jumpsuits and a tent at 130 degree's outside with the rest of the trash!!!

  • Angry

    I am tired of all the talk about racism. If a man is incompetent he is incompetent. If he is a liar he is a liar. If it walks like a duck, talks like a duck, and looks like a duck, it's a duck. What we need is more people in congress who will stand up and do what is right, not what the party wants them to do. We send them to congress to repesent us the people, not the party. I say way to go House of Representatives. The Terry family deserves to know the truth.

  • Tom

    CRIMINAL Contempt of Congress, folks. Of course the Liberal laden Senate will NOT even take this issue up in session. Now America needs a list of the Dems that voted against this issue and those that " walked out ". Then America will know exactly who to FIRE in November ! Holder must be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

  • gunner48

    Get those Democrats out of office. Post there Names before the election and every election till they are out. My understanding is Two Republicans did the same. Get them out Now! If a civilian did it they would prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law. Being "Top Cop!" does not change the rules!

  • Ceryl

    I have to agree with all the comments made about out president. I had a bad feeling about him right from the beginning. He promised us change but would never say what that change was...and he has lied about everything to us his entire term. The Muslims love him cause he is destroying our country from the inside out! America needs to stand tall and take off the blinders, and vote him out of office before we lose what's left of our country!

  • John Sweet

    They are just trying to keep Obama out of the fray but to late the executive privilege says that he was in the loop about it and with Rahm
    that he knew about the operations while he was at the White House.
    Not only high caliber weapons but conversion kits to make
    semiautomatic weapons full auto, and explosives as well and the
    makings for grenades and an uncounted number of rocket launchers.

    Operation Gunrunner–in which the
    government authorized the sale of weapons with the intent of letting
    these weapons fall into the hands of Mexican drug cartels, which were
    used to Kill an American border agent.

    Operation Castaway–in which the government authorized the
    sale of weapons knowing they would fall into the hands of Honduran
    gangs, such as MS13 and the Mara Salvatrucha and the rival Mara 18,
    An estimated 20,590 people died violently here in the last five
    years, according to the Madrid-based nonprofit Observers of Violence
    in massive shoot outs to control the drug industry.

    Project Gangwalker the ATF and the DOF allowed the straw
    purchases of weapons which eventually ended up in the hands of United
    States gang members in Indiana” Operation Community Shield,”
    individuals are from El Salvador, three are from Mexico, one is from
    Honduras and one is from Haiti. ICE said the individuals are members
    or associates of the following street gangs: MS-13, Sur-13, and Zoe
    Pound. Charged in connection with the shooting of an
    Indianapolis police officer last week are gang members, the Marion
    County Prosecutor's Office Gonzalez-Ramirez is a member of the Puros
    Vatos Locos street gang, and Taboada-Perez is a member of the SCT-13
    gang. Both have tattoos that express allegiance to those gangs,
    authorities said. and other weapons have been found at crime scenes
    in that state and surely have spread out from there to other gangs.