Congress Hurls Contempt Charges at AG Eric Holder
Matt | On 29, Jun 2012
Congress is really feeling themselves lately.
Despite their unacceptably low approval rating, the lawmaking body voted for the first time in history to hold a sitting attorney general, Eric H. Holder, Jr., in contempt of Congress.
The House voted 255-67 for Holder’s contempt citation. Meanwhile, 108 Democrats abstained from the vote altogether. They walked out and took to the Capitol steps to talk about it with the media.
Holder received the backlash because he refused to hand over all of the documents related to a 2010 Mexican gun-running operation. The program was designed to track weapons and stop narcotics-related crimes. Unfortunately, two of those weapons were used to kill a U.S. Border Patrol agent, Brian Terry, in 2010.
Holder has been against releasing all of the Fast and Furious documents, according to some, because the identities of the U.S. undercover agents need to be protected. President Obama used his power of executive privilege to keep the documents from Congress. Lawmakers have tried to figure out who knew what and when due to Terry’s death.
As of now, it’s unclear if Holder will have to produce the documents even with the contempt charge. Republicans are also looking into civil contempt charges because criminal charges tend to not lead to prosecution of executive branch members in these cases.
It sounds to me as if Republicans are looking for anything to throw at the Obama Administration. I agree with Holder that the contempt charges are a political move the GOP is trying to use on the American people.
ANSWER IN THE COMMENTS SECTION BELOW:
Do you feel it was necessary for Congress to file contempt charges against Atty. General Holder?
Or, should the executive branch have some right to keep information secret as a safety measure?