No criminal prosecution of Holder for contempt
June 29th, 2012
04:42 PM ET
2 years ago

No criminal prosecution of Holder for contempt

Washington (CNN) – The White House and the Justice Department made clear Friday what had been expected all along: Attorney General Eric Holder will not face criminal prosecution under the contempt of Congress citation passed by the U.S. House.

Legal experts noted this week in the runup to Thursday's House vote that President Barack Obama's assertion of executive privilege in the case would prevent a criminal prosecution under a practice dating to the Reagan administration.

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  1. Beeman

    Thats why they cleared authorization for pursuing civil litigation yesterday during the contempt hearing. They can proceed against Holder... Democrats chased Gonzales, Myers, Rove for years so these things happen. Can you imagine what Holder would do to a person that did not comply to one of his subpoenas.

    June 29, 2012 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  2. Donkey Party

    Myviewis – Tell you what, maybe Holder will take one for the team if war criminals Bush, Cheney, Rice, Rumsfeld and Gonzalez serve time for the thousands of US servicemen and women (and the tens of thousands of Iraqi men, women, and children) who were killed or maimed because of Bush's lies and phony war. Deal?

    June 29, 2012 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  3. don in albuquerque

    You bet they will not prosecute. If they did that then all the facts would be put on the tabe and repubs would come out with a simple "Nothing to see here folks, move along."
    Because there was never anything there to begin with. Another right wing witch hunt to try and get the black guy. These people are pathetic.

    June 29, 2012 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  4. Dee

    Seems like the republicans and blue dog democrats are having a bad week all around maybe they can get back to the business of the people and stop fighting this President.

    We sent them to Washington to do a job and they are collecting pay and very good health insurance for doing nothing. Issa and the rest should be embarrassed for their behavior.

    June 29, 2012 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  5. Keeping it Real

    Hardly a surprise here. Obama believes he is above the law in any situation. Holder should be considered a criminal in this investigation.

    June 29, 2012 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  6. Republican who supports President Obama

    Congressional Republicans have wasted more time going after the Presidents and the Dems rather than focusing on job creation. What did the Speaker say after his selection? His focus was to put America back to work. hmmmmm.. where are the job?!!?

    June 30, 2012 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  7. Thomas

    Issi is the most araogant , spiteful , greedy piece of work to be elected in California , only in North County San Diego .

    June 30, 2012 01:54 am at 1:54 am |
  8. Thomas

    @mikle
    Why they no deliver all paper. What they afraid. What they cover? Obama cover his another "change". I want my vote back. Please, forgive my family, WE vote for this looser.

    What language are you speeking , Are you from the same country as Issi ?

    June 30, 2012 01:57 am at 1:57 am |
  9. Thomas

    @Myviewis
    Typical Democrats – Laws apply to everyone but them.

    Innocent until proven guilty Mr MyViewis . one word BUSH !

    June 30, 2012 02:01 am at 2:01 am |
  10. Obama Mama

    Just remember people the republicans are taking us down the tubes. !st our AAA rating, making this a 1 term president, not passing any bills to help the downtrodden, not bills to reform insurance and their pharma buddies, no jobs bill, nothing to help the regular working class. Shame on the republicans, shame on the talking, prosecuting, do nothing republicans. Out of touch, out of step, out of office.

    June 30, 2012 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  11. Brandy

    I have never heard President saying he was pushing gun control, however I did her this from Bush in 2006, so why in the world were those 17 democrats afraid of. Sounds like NRA should be watching Romney afterall he did mention that in the research paper that McCain wrote

    June 30, 2012 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  12. Barbara

    What do you think would happen to any of the rest of us, middle class working Americans, if we were found in contempt of Congress?

    July 1, 2012 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  13. Pete

    Republicans are affraid of Holder asking high ranking members to be subpoenaed,then we'll really see after Bush,Cheney,Gonzales and some ATF agents get questioned its all over for Issa and his witchhunt.Holder ,Pres.Obama and company are protecting Bush and company ,republicans really know it playing Holder for the fall guy,they'll never go forward on anything else,they now know no matter that their asses are safe,at least for now!!!

    July 1, 2012 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
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