What happens if panel cites Holder for contempt?
June 20th, 2012
02:03 PM ET
8 years ago

What happens if panel cites Holder for contempt?

(CNN) - The House Oversight Committee is considering a contempt measure against Attorney General Eric Holder over documents sought by the panel investigating the botched gun-running sting called Operation Fast and Furious. On Wednesday, President Barack Obama entered the dispute by asserting executive privilege over the documents sought by committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-California.

Here are the issues around the dispute:


Filed under: Congress • Eric Holder • Justice Department
soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Mr 1% the "VULTURE CAPITALIST BUSINESSMAN" will outsource all the poor, disabled, unemployed and elderly, to China and sell America to the highest bidder!

    It is not nearly the news today that was when the shrub trotted out "executive privilege" so the Raven and Myers could be protected.

    At least Holder honored the subpoena, Myers and Rove simply ignored that as well.

    And yes, you are welcome for the brief history lesson that set the "precedence" of President Obama's actions today.

    You tea baggers need to watch what you praise under the GOP as it may come back to bite you under the Dem's.

    June 20, 2012 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  2. GI Joe

    Issa doesn't want to dig into the Bush admin. papers. He wants to blame the driver of the car for the murder during the bank robbery and let the shooter go free.

    June 20, 2012 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  3. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    It's pretty clear at this point first Holder, and now Obama, are in FULL COVERUP MODE. This whole Fast & Furious operation was a major disaster from day one with these clowns. Running illegal guns to drug cartels in a bordering country WITHOUT their knowledge or cooperation and then to have a US Border Patrol agent killed along with who knows how many Mexican citizens, yeah, I can see how the Obama adminstration might want to cover up who knew what when.

    The lawlessness of the Obama adminstration is breathtaking in its scope. And now deadly in its consequences.

    June 20, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  4. Al-NY,NY

    what happens....the GOP wastes time on discussions and voting instead of focusing on the economy. Sound familiar GOP?

    June 20, 2012 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  5. WireweirdinSF

    What would be really neat is if CNN or any of the other liberally biased media went back on what Obama said about the situation with Bush's AG and compared it to his actions and statements now. It would show the corrupt hypocrisy of the idiot, but, none of the liberally biased media will do that. They would be in trouble with the regime if they actually report the real news instead of what the propaganda arm hand feeds them. We owe this to those liberal media professors.

    June 20, 2012 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |

    This is all to harass pres.Obama .these republican bafoon party creeps will be out in their next election.issa will be one of them. I'm sure he's one of the republican clowns besides romney the clown that signed a pledge to rover nitwitquest the crook and hated lobbyist, I thought that if elected he was suppose to representing the American people not a crook lobbyist!!!!

    June 20, 2012 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  7. Myviewis

    I don't think Obama will let it get to that point. Obviously transparency is not in Holder or Obama's agenda.

    June 20, 2012 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  8. Niuhc

    Executive privilege cannot be declared unless Obama was involved. So, prosecute Obama for murder as well as Holder.

    June 20, 2012 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  9. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Over 3,000 military men and women lost their lives in Iraq based upon a lie told by George W. Bush and Darrell Issa did nothing. Issa did nothing when Dick Cheney, et al outed Valerie Plane as an agent that ended her career and could have gotten her killed. I hope Issa does hold Eric Holder in contempt and I hope the U.S. Military Tribune goes after Issa, Bush and Cheney, et al. before the World Tribunal does.

    June 20, 2012 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  10. Niuhc

    "....we have become the very definition of a banana republic.."
    Yes we have, but not for the reasons you cited.

    June 20, 2012 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  11. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    What happens if panel cites Holder for contempt?
    I WISH it was handcuffs and beeing led off to jail! Where he belongs.

    June 20, 2012 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  12. Bolderick

    Claiming executive priviledge over an operation the White House had no part in? They are hiding something and Holder has stone walled Congress at ever turn. Holding Holder for contempt is the only option. Evidently Holder does not think the death of our Border Patrol agent Brian Terry was important enough for his time to examine what went wrong. Congress needs to harrass Holder until he will do his job or quit.

    June 20, 2012 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  13. Niuhc

    sam Donaldson talks about disrespect of the president. Is this the same sam Donaldson that once yelled the question to Ronald Reagan "Mr. President, they say people do two things in the shower – sing or play with themselves." "Do you know what they sing?" Reagan "No." Donaldson, "I didn't think so." That Sam donaldson????

    June 20, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  14. Niuhc

    Obama is setting a trap. Just like the chicago mafia rat he is.

    June 20, 2012 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  15. Niuhc

    Should we be suprised at the "Executive Privilege"? Of course not; it is the normal practice of any African dictator.

    June 20, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  16. Jules

    Americans should hold this congress in contempt for playing petty politics when there is so much they should be doing. If the oversight committee wanted all the facts, they would have started with the Bush Admin. Department of Justice management team since they are the ones who implemented the program. Why have they not called them to testify if they really want all the facts? Because, they don't want all the facts, they want to try and use anything they can to embarrass the president. The GOP should lose everything this year and maybe, just maybe, they would get the message that we expect them to work with the president to take care of business for the American people instead of trying to destroy a president that was legally elected by the majority of Americans. Where is their duty to country? Sure as heck not in front of their duty to party. Today's members of the GOP are the worst. They would rather bring America to its knees than work with President Obama. Shame on them. They are indeed contemptable.

    June 20, 2012 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  17. Thomas

    Some day Darrell Edward Issa will get what his dishes out , And I hope its behind bars !

    June 20, 2012 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |