Boehner: Contempt vote on Holder will proceed
June 27th, 2012
10:20 AM ET
2 years ago

Boehner: Contempt vote on Holder will proceed

Washington (CNN) - The U.S. House will proceed with a vote Thursday on holding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for withholding documents involving the failed Fast and Furious weapons crackdown, Speaker John Boehner said Wednesday.

"We're going to proceed," Boehner, R-Ohio, told reporters. "We've given them ample opportunity to reply."

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soundoff (44 Responses)
  1. Critical Thinking

    What? Contempt? But I gave them everything ! Except for the documents that they really wanted but why are they holding me in contempt? It's so unfair.

    June 27, 2012 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  2. Padraig

    Good, he should be charged with contempt. What he is doing is and was doing is wrong. Any person regardless of party that breaks the law or violates the security of the nation that they are responsible to uphold and protect should be held accountable.

    June 27, 2012 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  3. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of OBAMA FAILURE

    Good, enough is enough. He's lied to Congress and stonewalled for nearly TWO YEARS. Claims that they've given them a lot of documents are a joke. Totally blacked out pages is not providing documents. Providing documents not requested is not providing documents.

    Cite this incompetent accessory to murder for contempt. He should be behind bars for the carnage he has caused and refuses to disclose. And now Obama, Mr. Transparency (especially with national secrets) is trying to hide the facts with the improper use of Executive Privilege. Obama and Holder LIED and US Border Patrol Agents and hundreds of Mexican citizens DIED.

    June 27, 2012 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  4. Mgc tampa

    worst congress in history, abortion, abortion abortion is all they have done. They should all be fired.

    June 27, 2012 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  5. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Wow.
    Really?

    June 27, 2012 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  6. Larry L

    No jobs bill, nothing to help the people... instead we get a political witch hunt. We need to throw the Tea Party Republicans out!

    June 27, 2012 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  7. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE/ConservaFASCISTS

    How disgraceful of Issa and Bonehead. Shenanigans like this is what's going to cause the republicans to lose the House in November.

    June 27, 2012 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  8. Malory Archer

    All we can do is hope Americans' memory is long enough to recall the rethugs in 2010 running on "jobs, jobs, jobs", and doing nothing but shout "no, no, no", pass anti-women legislation and make every effort to create controversy out of whole cloth in an attempt to smear President Obama. And that use that memory to vote accordingly in November.

    June 27, 2012 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  9. WireweirdinSF

    I see no reason that this corrupt, inept, incompentent union toady appointee of the most corrupt inept, incompetent, union toady president in history should not be held in contempt, his Justice department has upheld the rights of the Black Panthers to intimidate voters into voting for democrat liberals at polling places, while denying state the meand to protect themselves from voter fraud by SEIU/ACORN and is placing the lives and property of the citizens of Arizona in danger, as well as being responsible for the deaths of law enforcement agents, so that the Kenyan village idiot can garner a few more votes. Very contemptible.

    June 27, 2012 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  10. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    NRA says, "Jump!" and Boehner says, "How high?"

    June 27, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  11. Governor 47th in Job Growth

    Grandstanding in pursuit of a conspiracy theory that Obama's coming to take guns away (i.e. prove the negative that Obama is NOT coming to take guns away). Waste of taxpayers' time and money.
    Witch hunts and trying to legislate social issues - most notably big govt in people's bedrooms, while working half the time of the last House leadership is about all that we can expect out of a GOP led House.

    June 27, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  12. The Other Dale

    Whoa! Bad timing, GOP. You're wanting this to be big news and you're going to let it get drown in a sea of ink over whatever the results are from the Supreme Court's decision on the Health-Care Act.

    Unless, that is exactly what you're wanting – hoping to bury it because you know you don't have the votes for the contempt charge to stick.

    June 27, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  13. keeth

    Mr. Boehner: Where are the jobs you promised?

    June 27, 2012 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  14. Al-NY,NY

    "we're going to be focused on jobs like a laser beam"............yeah right. I guess they're running away from their dismal record on jobs and the economy even though they hypocritically complain like stuck pigs about Obama when he works on issues

    June 27, 2012 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  15. Phil Thomas

    This is Pathetic, create precedent to pander to the NRA. This makes me sick as it should any president, your second amendment rights are safe this is America but its sad how this guy is getting escape goated. This will backfire on the GOP and the the democrats that co sign, please send these guys a message

    June 27, 2012 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  16. ThinkAgain

    If you want absolute proof of Issa and the GOP's hypocrisy when it comes to the use of executive privilege, do an internet search on Dick Cheney's statement on Fox on June 27, 2007 when he defends its use.

    Bottom line: Repubs are hypocrites, through and through. Bush using executive privilege was fine; Obama does it and it said to be "trampling" on the Constitution.

    I feel sorry for anyone who continues to believe the GOP's lies – and turns a blind eye to the damage they continue to do to our country in their pursuit to regain power.

    Obama/Biden 2012 = The only sane choice.

    June 27, 2012 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  17. Phil Thomas

    Just called the republican congressmen I voted for during the last election and let him know if he participates in this witch hunt he will not get my vote. Work on jobs and stop stonewalling and playing games, I let him know as an independent I've lost faith in the GOP because they take marching orders from special interest groups groups in unison

    June 27, 2012 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  18. Myviewis

    I wonder if Holder would be as kind as many of you are to him if Holder requested documents from any of you and you refused him? I think not. Holder reminds me of Nixon.

    June 27, 2012 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  19. Republican fail america

    All republican need to be fire and treason.This is disgrace how they are going after Eric Holder and president Obama.
    Boehner is the worst congressman in histroy..Wake up vote all republican out of the office.

    America need jobs now ....These republican stopping everything that president Obama is trying help america.

    June 27, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  20. DJ Reality

    This political circus hes got to stop. With 35 Democratic Congressmen possibly voting with the republicans and ending their political careers. This has become an absolute stain on our political system. I am ashamed as an American that this has been going on in congress when we have more important issues the need our attention. In congress trying to destroy a president is more important than solving our country's problems.

    June 27, 2012 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  21. ThinkAgain

    This whole paranoid delusion about Fast & Furious being an excuse to take away gun rights ... the ONLY legislation regarding guns passed during President Obama's time in office has been to allow the carrying of concealed weapons in national parks.

    The GOP has become completely out of touch with reality, totally unhinged in their desperate pursuit to regain power. They are addicted to greed and like all addicts, will say and do anything to get their fix – even as they leave a trail of destruction in their wake.

    Obama/Biden 2012 = The only sane choice.

    June 27, 2012 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  22. Four and The Door

    The Obama Administration had no idea the hit they are going to take for trying to cover this up. Americans are not stupid and probably by doing this most Americans have to imagine the bad decisions came from very high up. We are a forgiving population but we do put a priority on honesty.

    June 27, 2012 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  23. ThinkAgain

    @Padraig: "Any person regardless of party that breaks the law or violates the security of the nation that they are responsible to uphold and protect should be held accountable."

    Holding Americans without charge; torture; negating passed legislation with signing statements; holding secret meetings with companies to be directly affected by policy; warrantless wiretapping.

    Yes, I agree, GW Bush, Dick Cheney and every other Bush administration official should be held accountable, including but not limited to being brought up on war crimes.

    June 27, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  24. Bing

    Do it already. Holder is a disgrace. Holder has been too arrogant to comply – real shocker as he emulates his boss.

    June 27, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  25. ThinkAgain

    @Myviewis: "I wonder if Holder would be as kind as many of you are to him if Holder requested documents from any of you and you refused him? I think not. Holder reminds me of Nixon."

    The whole Nixon thing ... you've been watching Fox again and like a good little bot, copy and pasting the latest soundbite.

    Holder amended a statement he made before Issa's committee to correct the false information he had been given by the ATF Phoenix field office. I would think you and Issa and all the other GOP trolls would appreciate his efforts to set the record straight.

    A quick question for you to ponder: If Issa is indeed so concerned about the truth, then why hasn't he called anyone from the ATF Phoenix field office to testify? What is Issa afraid of – proof that Fast & Furious, admittedly a dumb program, was patterned after 3 prior dumb programs started by the GW Bush administration?

    June 27, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
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