June 20th, 2012
04:25 PM ET
8 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. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    Contempt doesn't even come close to describing this incompetent fool that is stonewalling and covering up his own incompetence and probably Obama's as well. Not to worry as ALL of this will come out once Obama get s the boot in November.

    June 20, 2012 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  2. Bob

    More grandstanding from Issa. The man has no decency, or sense of shame.

    But what else can you expect from a car thief and arsonist?

    June 20, 2012 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |

    Maybe somebody should tell the republican bafoon party that this all started under bushes watch ,republicans have no credability on any subject and its your own fault !!!!!

    June 20, 2012 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  4. Larry L

    The operative word is "partisan". Nothing isn't about politics and the Republicans do anything to disrupt our government. That was their plan from the very day the President took office – a very dishonorable and unpatriotic act. The House of Representatives is a Tea Party farce – and the Senate with the Republican filibusters is no better.

    June 20, 2012 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  5. Jatovi

    Election year politics suck. More so now than ever we waste so much time and money cheer leading instead of looking at the reality of the things going on around us. He should not be held in contempt. This is a political witch hunt and if you really look at it without the "Obama Blinders" you can see this is nothing more than that. This started under the Bush administration, but who started it? Who benefited? With the blinders on all you cheer lead for is for this president to be de-legitimized by any way you can. That is the most un-patriotic thing you can do.

    June 20, 2012 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  6. B

    With an unemployment rate of 8.2%, I couldn't give a damn about this republican witch hunt.

    June 20, 2012 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  7. Jules

    And this created how many jobs?

    June 20, 2012 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  8. GL

    The measure now goes to the full House for consideration, expected next week, of what would be an unprecedented event – Congress holding a sitting attorney general in contempt.

    Racist is the Republicans only motivation behind this.

    June 20, 2012 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  9. rat pt 01

    Why are they wasting time in this while there is a budget they should be working on.

    June 20, 2012 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  10. Moderate Sean

    This ridiculous Committee and its hack of a Chairman needs to hold themselves in contempt for failing to follow the facts, or the evidence. How do you not call the individuals (Previous Attorney General or Deputy) who originally started this gun walking program to testify before Congress, but yet are only willing to vilify the current Attorney General, whom you do not like for purely political reasons? Yes, this program was wrong from its inception and those responsible must be held responsible, but to only go after the Democrats here is a complete shame and makes this committee look petty. This is an important investigation, but once you insert politics into it, you lose all credibility!

    June 20, 2012 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  11. Marie MD

    The teapublikkkans would put their mothers (if they have one) in jail just as long as they can go after the present Administration.

    June 20, 2012 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  12. once upon a horse

    sounds like payback for the AG Gonzo deal when "W" was in office. Pure politics as Issa wants to try to take at least one Obama person down while he can. SInce when are Republicans so overly concerned about who uses guns for God's sake. Give me a break.

    June 20, 2012 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  13. cali girl

    Issa is throwing stones, he isn't so "clean" either.

    June 20, 2012 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  14. citizen9

    Republicans are like ERA ladies that burned their bra's. They have lost their support

    June 20, 2012 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  15. NVa Native

    Typical – another misleading headline for weak CNN.
    To be factual it would read "Once again the Repubs with a slight majority push a Congressional panel to attack Obama's administration strictly for political theater – just like they did when Clinton was also trying to making things better for the American middle class.

    June 20, 2012 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  16. NVa Native

    Where are the jobs the GOP promised in the 2010 elections?

    June 20, 2012 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  17. Myviewis

    Why should Holder be any different than Josh Bolten and Harriet Miers who under Bush were cited for Contempt of Congress?

    June 20, 2012 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  18. michaelam

    Where are the jobs, GOP? How many other useless items will you waste your time on? The American people have spoken and we want jobs! Jobs, jobs, jobs!

    June 20, 2012 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  19. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    Well, it's pretty clear the Chicago Mafia has taken over the federal government in the form of the Obama administration. Corruption and lawlessness running rampant. November can't come quick enough.

    June 20, 2012 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  20. Moderate Independent

    All the republicans do is hold hearings. They have done nothing to help the American people. I think we need to charge the do nothing Congress with contempt and theft. They have contempt for the American people and steal our money because they are not doing their jobs. Nov. 2012 can't come fast enough for me to vote them out of office. Both parties need to work together or resign from office. Republicans have done nothing but obstruct and delay everything President Obama has tried to do to help our economy. I don't know how the poor and middle class can vote against their own interests by voting for a republican. I am sick of the haters that insult educated intelligent people like me because I support President Obama. I am one of the Americans that worked hard earning a six figure salary before I retired. I am old school and did not live above my means but was taught by my depression era parents to save some of my money. I am tired of some of you complaining all the time. Some of you need to stop wasting time blogging and look for a job or stop wasting time if you have a job.

    June 20, 2012 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  21. Babyboomer

    Witch hunt, plan and simple. If you can't bring down the President, you go after the next best person. I hope there's special place in H@!! for these folks come judgement day.

    June 20, 2012 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  22. 2020

    GOP idiots get paid not doing business matter to American, play their pitty little power game. Who cares! no time for these idiots. I wish the president can do more than EP, kick those guys butt. GOP history of "gate building" – SECOND TO NONE. so sick of GOP Congress.

    June 20, 2012 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  23. Bill

    Agreed, NVa Native – Is this the GOP's idea of job creation? Nothing but hypocritical clowns. November can not come soon enough.

    June 20, 2012 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  24. vic , nashville ,tn

    Thanks to Darrell Issa and house republicans taking Romney’s air time

    June 20, 2012 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  25. The GOP should pack up and leave

    WHEN are they going to indict Rove and Cheney for outing an undercover CIA agent?

    June 20, 2012 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
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