Boehner: Contempt vote on Holder will proceed
June 27th, 2012
10:20 AM ET
11 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."


Filed under: Congress • Eric Holder • John Boehner • Justice Department
soundoff (44 Responses)
  1. MaryM

    This is going to backfire on Issa, the repubs and boehner if this vote proceed. wait and see

    June 27, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  2. Joshua Ludd

    Keep in mind, Holder cannot legally give them the documents they are requesting in the first place.

    June 27, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  3. MTATL67

    What shocking new from we all know Issa is in charge of the House.

    June 27, 2012 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  4. Ronda in Houston,TX

    Congress may hold him in contempt but it does not mean he will resign his position. Sorry Repubs.....

    June 27, 2012 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  5. MTATL67

    All about jobs, jobs, jobs...Right Mr. Speaker. Boehner, Cantor and Issa are a disgrace to Congress.

    June 27, 2012 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  6. Marty, FL

    Where is the jobs bill?

    Boehner would rather let a paranoid blogger, Vanderboegh, divert his responsibilities to an absurd witch hunt, instead of jobs. What a waste.

    June 27, 2012 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  7. Obama Mama

    I hope that when they find out what is in the remaining pages it does not come back to bite the republicans in the rear. They started fast n furious on their watch. There were 2000 guns a day going into Mexico then. The Dems say it will hurt the investigation into the 31 people buying and selling them to the mexicans cartel. Thus the continuation of catching and bringing these people to justice. Arizona wants to cry they have the most violence from cartel yet they have the laziest of gun laws. 2 miles from the border they have almost 300 gun shops. Where do you think the guns have been going all along?
    @padraig- Sometimes in war(on gun running) you have to lie with the dogs to get the fleas.

    June 27, 2012 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  8. Obama Mama

    @Mary I agree, the papers may contain incriminating info on the republicans.

    June 27, 2012 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  9. Jen06

    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 |

    The House has passed nearly 30 jobs creation bills and they are all collecting dust on Harry Reid's desk. If dems had the good of the nation as a priority, don't you think they would at least bring them up for discussion? Maybe Harry is afraid that there be a few that have bipartisan support and then the Reps would get credit. Can't have that now, ccan we?

    June 27, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  10. ge

    that should fix america, s number one problem

    June 27, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  11. Donkey Party

    Anyone remember when the NRA was just about promoting hunter's safety and responsible gun handling? When did they become the far-right militant wing of the domestic terrorist GOP? The GOP should be held in contempt of the American people. Treason, sedition, and lying under oath don't even scratch the surface of what the anti-American GOP is guilty of. And people wonder why the GOP and their ignorant, illiterate, racist supporters are so despised?

    June 27, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  12. Larry L

    @Obama 2012 – BEND Forward America blah, blah, blah...

    "Cite this incompetent accessory to murder for contempt. He should be behind bars for the carnage he has caused and refuses to disclose. "
    Maybe we should put together a "special investigation" to question the cherry-picked intelligence data selected by Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld to gain support for the Iraq War. About 4500 Service-members died in that scam. They outed an intelligence agent in reprisal for getting exposed in the crooked deal.

    It would also be good to take a hard look at Cheney's interaction with Ken Lay right before Enron went under. Could Cheney have been cooking up an energy crisis to keep stocks high while his buddies quietly dumped Enron stock? He held dozens of private calls with Lay immediately preceding the crash – like two Jr. High girls. Let's find out! Bush claimed executive privilege on that and other interactions with the oil community as they formed their "energy policy". Google-up the Halliburton loophole and you'll find another good topic to "investigate".

    June 27, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  13. rob

    The desparate attemp to save Holder by declaring EP on these documents shows us that they have something to hide. Holding him in contempt is justified. The fact that the media/Dem propaganda machine is blaming NRA pressure for the Democrats who will vote for the contempt charge is a complete CYA for them.

    Holder is finished.

    June 27, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  14. B

    The republicans think if Holder is locked up in prison on contempt charges, he will be unable to continue his fight against the GOP'S voter I.D. suppression laws that are intended to help Romney win in November.

    June 27, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  15. Four and The Door

    Ronda in Houston,TX
    Congress may hold him in contempt but it does not mean he will resign his position. Sorry Repubs.....
    That's not the point. The point is, serious mistakes were made with deadly consequences and in America we care enough to try and improve and learn from mistakes. Why is the Obama Administration blocking this investigation?!? It is an entirely legitimate investigation and we do owe this to the people who enforce our laws and protect our borders.

    June 27, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  16. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Anything to be a partisan... This could be delayed so that Boehner could see what is going on.

    June 27, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  17. Joi Gibson

    ... 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.
    This is politics pure and simple. Issa should be ashamed of himself but he has no conscience and Boehner seems to scared of those Tea Party people. What is even more disgraceful, is the cowardice of Democrats who are shaking in their boots because of NRA threats. Shame on them. Since when are they beholden to the NRA. The NRA are not elected officials. These Democrats need to show some backbone.

    There is an enlightening article at CNN Money detailing Fast and Furious. Puts this whole thing in perspective.


    June 27, 2012 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  18. vic , nashville ,tn

    This is for Sean Hannity we knew that

    June 27, 2012 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  19. A True Centrist

    "@Joshua Ludd... Keep in mind, Holder cannot legally give them the documents they are requesting in the first place."

    Not true Joshua, you need to pay more attention. Only certain documents cannot be legally provided, and the House Committee has made a point to ask for only those that fall outside of those limitations. That's not even what Holder is hiding behind anymore.

    This whole dog and pony show is unfortunate. Too much taxpayer money is going into an investigation about an event that never should have happened in the first place, and one that the Justice Department and the White House should be honest about. The type of hiding and secrecy we are now seeing is bad for government, bad for the American people, and bad for the families of the hundreds of people killed with the weapons sold to the cartels.

    June 27, 2012 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
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