June 20th, 2012
04:25 PM ET
7 years ago

House panel recommends Holder contempt citation

Washington (CNN) - Voting on strictly partisan lines, a House committee recommended Wednesday that Attorney General Eric Holder be cited for contempt of Congress for failing to turn over documents relating to the botched Fast and Furious weapons sting operation.

The vote ended an extraordinary daylong hearing that took place after President Barack Obama asserted executive privilege over some documents sought by the panel investigating Fast and Furious.


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  1. Eric in Denver

    Too funny some knucklehead above already blaming Bush. I am sure Rove, Cheney, Libby and Nixon were involved. THe left has become unglued. We need CNN to bring out some more Sarah Palin comments so the nuts on the left can take out there full anger that has been building up inside of them

    June 20, 2012 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  2. andre

    Ive never been a person to vote straight down an election ticket, but this nonsense the republicans are pulling have me all but convinced i will do so. I hope that you guys in the real world see this too, so I hope you will join me in slapping down the party of no.

    June 20, 2012 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  3. Cathy

    This is nothing but a partisan witch hunt and a waste a taxpayer money. Issa is treating the American people with contempt. Thought the GOP was going to focus on jobs? What a joke!

    June 20, 2012 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  4. Niuhc

    Most everything Mr. Obama says anymore is surreal and cringe worthy. He sounds like a little grade school kid who thinks by telling the same lies over and over will exonerate him or, if that doesn't work, he blames everyone else. Since the leftist media did such an effective hatchet job on George W. Bush for 8 years, he is the target of choice. Unfortunately, we have legions of dumbed down useful idiots who lap up every word from the left and haven't had an original thought in decades. The real tragedy is not Obama or his policies, but the strange fact that someone of his ilk and incompetence could actually be elected President in the first place. It is a sad commentary on the state of the nation. The health and future survival of America are in dire straights. Unfortunately, I am not sure we have the means, personnel and resolve to save her through political channels.

    June 20, 2012 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  5. Hammerer

    Apparently Obama was exercising his leadership skills in the Fast and Furious gun running to Mexico and calling all of the shots there also. Now trying to cover that up also.

    June 20, 2012 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  6. Marie MD

    issa, the car thief, throwing stones at glass house (or in his case car windows).
    How this guy is still in congress is beyond me. Then I think about all the money he has made since being elected to congress and it all comes together. He and his brother don't have to steal cars anymore. Wasn't he discharged from the Army for stealing a car?

    June 20, 2012 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  7. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    All these idiots in Washington need to be held in contempt for cashing in on our taxpayer dollars while they do nothing.

    June 20, 2012 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  8. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    This country's top law enforcement officer is now it's biggest law breaker and it now looks like it extends into the Obama Whitehouse. People have DIED because of these people and now they are covering up their trail and stonewalling. It is imperative that these criminals be removed from office in November and the Whitehouse be fumigated in January.

    June 20, 2012 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  9. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    A fish rots from the head down.... Obama must go.

    June 20, 2012 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  10. once upon a horse

    when Congresswoman Gillfords was shot and several others killed last year the GOP STILL did not want to ackonowledge nor do anything about any kind of gun control. Now all of a sudden Issa and the fellas are so concerned about who has guns and where they came from. Gimme a break. Next thing you know the NRA will be jumping up and down about this as well.

    June 20, 2012 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  11. Gonzoinhouston

    When, not if, they cite him, Holder's entire response should be "so what?"

    June 20, 2012 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  12. Bolderick

    Yada, Yada, Yada – Shut up and produce the documents. Its about time and they need to get on with the contempt vote. Holder is so arrogant it should be pleasurable to watch.

    June 20, 2012 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  13. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    And to whoever makes the little name placards... this is NOTHING "honorable" about Eric Holder so might I suggest just inserting his anticipated inmate number instead?

    June 20, 2012 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  14. CBR

    Before casting the first stone people really need to know just where the problem lies. There was never an opportunity to work out a way to solve this issue outside of the press. Darrell Issa is a very partisan man and he has been highly critical of the President and those in his administration from day one. He threatened to get after them and now three years later he has done so.

    The smell at this moment is coming from Congress which cannot and will not work with the White House. Partisan politics has gotten way out of hand and we the People need to pull the plug on this Congress and elect people who will work together and do not need to make themselves so important. Mr. Issa has nto learned to do that and has been very spiteful. Not a good attitude for a committee chairperson.

    June 20, 2012 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  15. Bren

    As I said in another post.....Judge Napolitano said on Fox News, the only way that they can use executive priviledge, is if Obama himself was involved with Fast and Furious. So, the new question now becomes-"how exactly was Obama involved in this". Judicial Watch is also going after Holder/Obama to get these documents released. The Republicans need to get the family members of the killed/murdered Border Patrol Agent to speak out again--just in case their are still voters who have not heard about how Obama/Holder's Fast and Furious program caused the death of their loved one, while he was working as a Border Patrol Agent. It will be interesting to see how the Dems vote next week.

    June 20, 2012 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  16. T'sah from Virginia

    First Congress stated, including CAN'Tor of VA, that holding Holder in contempt will be overreaching – this was months ago – What happened???

    This is all an effort to TRY and destroy President Obama and nothing more............IT'S NOT GOING TO WORK!!

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!

    June 20, 2012 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  17. Whatever

    Then Holder finds himself in good company with 80something percent of the US holding congress in contempt. Guess who's responsible for those numbers? Hey GOTP...Jobs Jobs Jobs huh? Or not so much, Abortion, Gays, Obstruction, and Whining.

    June 21, 2012 07:12 am at 7:12 am |
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