Organizations urge Boehner not to vote contempt against AG
May 29th, 2012
04:24 PM ET
3 years ago

Organizations urge Boehner not to vote contempt against AG

(CNN) - With the threat of a contempt charge hanging over Attorney General Eric Holder, 14 civil rights, labor, and liberal activist groups Tuesday urged Speaker of the House John Boehner not to proceed to a contempt vote.

The organizations, which are closely allied with the Obama administration, charged that to hold the attorney general in contempt for failing to turn over demanded documents on the "fast and furious" investigation "seems to be a rush to judgment intended to create a stain on the office of the attorney general."

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  1. rs

    It is an election year. The Republicans have no policies or solutions for the disasters they broght America. Sure, they're going to make political circus. It is all they have. I am certain in place of actual policy, the drama and noise wiil get worse as November approaches.

    May 29, 2012 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  2. T'sah from Virginia

    ►Maggie

    I am sure if Holder was a white man, these same organizations would not come forward and request the same thing of Boehner. ◄

    If Holder was White – there will be no charges from Issa and the Repubs in charge!!!

    May 29, 2012 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  3. rs

    Niuhc- the only racsist hatred I've seen is the stuff from the supporters of the GOP- you know the TEA Party of hate.

    May 29, 2012 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  4. Myviewis

    Bottom line, anything goes as long as it is Democrat and being done by a Democrat because Democrats are superior and against rules, laws. money. Oh, and Democrats are not racists just as long as the black man is Obama but the same does not apply to other blacks, latino, foreigners. Sure Democrats, keep telling yourselves you're better than everyone else.

    May 29, 2012 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    "I see the racist hatred from the right is continuing on here. I guess the right does not realize that the more racist they sound, the more obvious hate in their posts, the less credibility they have."

    There, FIFY

    May 29, 2012 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  6. J.V.Hodgson

    Boehner will do it it does not provide a single job, or help the economy, and will detract time to this matter it only fits in the sense of trying to make Obama a one term President. Yes he was appointed by obama but the justice department ( separation of powers) is not controlled by Obama the House or the Senate.
    Regards,
    Hodgson.

    May 29, 2012 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  7. Pedro

    We Got in a huge trouble since Boehmer took the leadership of the house. I hope he is not drinking at his office because he looks worse every time I see his picture.

    May 29, 2012 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  8. klamerus@pobox.com

    Neither party (so far as I've ever seen) ever, every hold anything back in going after the opposing party's president.

    The hatchet jobs of the dems on previous rep president cabinets is obscene and so is the reverse.

    Frankly, we should just put all of congress (house and senate) in a big field with rocks and sticks and have them go at it until no one is left standing.

    May 29, 2012 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  9. Hons Dieter

    AG Holder should be charged with second degree murder for the death of our Border Patrol Agent because of his involvement in Fast and Furious. Any other citizen would be facing weapons charges and charges for the deaths in Mexico and the USA.

    May 29, 2012 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  10. PC

    When the speaker has only one goal and that is to destroy the president, what do we call that?

    May 29, 2012 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  11. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    @ Rob.....

    so I guess in your eyes torture is not a war crime..or is itonly a warcrime if it is done to Americans. And as for Karl Rove ask the CIA agent he helped out if he should have been brought up on charges. Former AG Gonzo took the hit for Rove on that one. President Obama when asked if he would seek at least an investigation took the high road and said he wanted to look forward not backward. And there are still some on the left that are p/oed with him about that.

    May 29, 2012 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  12. kernal klink

    The OBAMA administration is full of Socialists and will stop at nothing to undermine the US Constitution. Hold Erik Holder in contempt and let Justice prevail.

    May 29, 2012 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  13. fernace

    Starting 2 unfunded, un-necessary, wars should be illegal! Starting 1 of those wars unilaterally, against all advice & under false pretenses, (because Bush was the "decider") is a crime against humanity & America! But we could quibble about this all day! We could hurl "impoliteness" at eachother all night; the right is this, the left is that, but what does it accomplish!? Nothing Positive! That's the kind of divisiveness fostered by parties who want to win, not people who want to continue living in a free, strong middleclass, equal rights for all, life-liberty-persuit of happiness type of society! Has Bohener, or is he now doing anything to promote that for his const.ituents (a word meaning "to have the Power to Elect")), or is he mostly engaged in plans to promote his party & himself!? By all means, investigate the "F&F," but get facts, truth & act accordingly! Don't behave like "people w/power run amuck"! Especially in such a divisive, partisan climate! Can we get along, here!?

    May 29, 2012 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  14. getoverit

    Americans died as a result of this scam, and all the Lefty Loon Haters can do is pull the race card? Are you freakin' kidding me?

    May 29, 2012 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  15. Jack Davis

    I hope Boehner nails that sleazy hack Holder.

    May 29, 2012 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  16. scott

    Holder is a criminal, no different then any other criminal, any one that would arm the drug cartels, give illegals free walks, try to stop states from following the laws. interfering in States business, has no business being AG. I hope they impeach him, then bring him up on criminal charges.

    May 29, 2012 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  17. enuff

    It doesn't matter what they ask. Bohner will do the opposite because that is what he will be TOLD to do by the republican powers.

    May 29, 2012 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  18. g

    what about the bush crime family-how many people died for nothing

    May 29, 2012 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  19. Patrick from Minnesota

    Hey, why don't we just let little Johnnie enjoy his last few months as speaker why don't we...

    May 29, 2012 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  20. Joan

    Since a similar gun program was run under George Bush, it seems hypocritical for Issa to go after this administration and not those in the last one who did the same thing. Since many, many groups around the world strongly believe that Bush and Cheney should have been charged with war crimes, perhaps Mr. Issa will look into that too. If not perhaps Mr. Holder will do it when he is charged for his "crimes".

    May 29, 2012 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  21. tempemom

    I would like Holder replaced by West. I do not like his methodological style, and slow pace. He is too quick to challenge, and too slow with response.

    May 29, 2012 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  22. tempemom

    I would rather have West than Holder. Holder is too quick with challenges, and too slow with responses or prosecution. He gums up the works.

    May 29, 2012 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  23. Thomas

    @Niuhc
    I see the racist hatred from the left is continuing on here. I guess the left does not realize that the more racist they sound, the more obvious hate in their posts, the less credibility they have.

    What is racist about saying they have a room ready for speaker of the House John Boehner at the Betty Ford Center," REHAB FACILITY ".

    Alcoholism is multi racial !

    May 30, 2012 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  24. madmaninthemiddle

    I voted fir Obama and will vote for him again. But Fast and Furious is a mess, and Congress does have oversight responsibility, even if they do leverage it for political advantage. Holder needs to be more forthcoming with the information being requested.

    That said, i'll bet a lot of folks on here who are calling this a politics witch hunt would be scream for the AGs head if this were a Republican administration – and those of you attacking Holder now would be defending him.

    May 30, 2012 02:59 am at 2:59 am |
  25. Squigman

    What's better, a republican dressed like a human or a human dressed like a republican? Careful how you respond, one of the aforementioned has thin skin, a temper and the urge to go to war. He, she or it has the idea that if your not with us, your agin us. Agin, intentionally spelled wrong so the lesser intellect can grasp the intended meaning.

    May 30, 2012 03:26 am at 3:26 am |
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