What follows the Holder contempt vote?
June 27th, 2012
07:15 PM ET
10 years ago

What follows the Holder contempt vote?

Washington (CNN) - Washington's uproar over the infamous Operation Fast and Furious gun-running sting will likely hit its political climax Thursday as the House of Representatives votes to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt.

But beyond the political symbolism of such a vote - no attorney general has ever been held in contempt by Congress - what exactly does it mean? Where does the case go from here?


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soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. nancy

    i cannot believe that Dem are bowing to the NRA over this Holder contempt charge- I will check every Dem who votes this way and work hard to get them out of office- i beleive it is okay to have hunting guns and for protection but why do we as Americans have to go so far out to extremes and not think for ourselves but bow to greed

    June 27, 2012 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  2. ThinkAgain

    This is all a tactic to keep Holder from cracking down on all the voter suppression the GOP has been engaged in via Republican governors.

    June 27, 2012 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  3. Mike

    Not sure how people can defend an administration smuggling weapons to Mexican drug cartels, Democrat or Republican. This is just blatant corruption and obviously never should have taken place. And hiding behind the executive privilege? Isn't that what the dems knocked bush for repeatedly in 07? Both of these parties are a joke and act way too similarly for me to get behind any of them anymore. Both are pro-war, pro-big government spending, and then just blame each other for their own inadequacies.

    June 27, 2012 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  4. Phil Thomas

    I know what follows for me and that's voting out all of these NRA and Norquits puppets out, I voted for a lot of these republican clowns but not in 2012. I blame them not Obama they sunk the ship bottom line

    June 27, 2012 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  5. vic , nashville ,tn

    Republicans started this, now they don’t know how to finish this

    November we will take their majority

    June 27, 2012 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  6. Thomas

    Ask Issa !

    He will think of something else to devert us from real issues. Maybe he and Rand Paul can put togerther a bill regarding Abortions . Assault weapons and Auto Insurance ?

    June 27, 2012 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  7. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    FACT: George W. Bush was charged by the Swiss Government for war crimes and if he left American soil he would be arrested, inflight to Swiss he turned around. LEAVE ERIC HOLDER ALONE HE HASN'T COMMITTED A WAR CRIME AND DARRELL ISSA SHOULD BE DISBARRED AND FIRED AND THE U.S. JUSTICE DEPARTMENT SHOULD FIRE ISSA IF THEY DON'T WANT TO CHARGE BUSH.

    June 27, 2012 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  8. Michele

    What cool-aid are you feeding your staff at CNN? Fast and Furious is a serious issue of a big error in judgment, a mistake maybe, but it needs to be addressed.

    June 27, 2012 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  9. Vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    read the FORBES article about Fast and Furious....see why our tax dollars are being wasted on this while Congress should be acting on jobs and the economy.

    June 27, 2012 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  10. ge

    when the time is right the republicans are going to get slapped in the face again

    June 27, 2012 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  11. J,V.Hodgson

    In the end this contempt vote goes nowhere as did the democratic contempt vote.
    It willall fizzle out as news once the contempt vote is over, and if it goes the civil route (most likely waste of time) it will be unproven because of executive privilege in any court.
    Well I suppose a few democratic lawyers and republican lawters will earn a living out of this for the next 2/3 years.
    I am still trying to figure out the benefits of all that to the American people as a whole when we have jobs issues , economic issues, debt problems and deficit problems of atomic bomb proportions economically speaking on the 2012 December end cliff. C'mon Issa devote your energies and those of the house representatives to those matters.

    June 27, 2012 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  12. Walt

    What does it follow? Real simple: an even higher level of GOP-per desperation level.

    June 27, 2012 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  13. GonzoinHouston

    This reminds me a lot of the Clinton impeachment fiasco. It was a stupid over-reach by radical republicans willing to trash common sense, the Constitution, and even their own party just to pin something, anything, on Clinton. The impeachment went absolutely nowhere in the Senate.

    Then after impeaching Clinton for lying about his sex life, they lionized W for lying about WMD's in Iraq, which led to the death of 4,000+ troops.

    June 27, 2012 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  14. Getoverit

    What follows? I think prison would be appropriate. Oh, wait, Bush's people did it too, and they're not in prison. yeah, my 5 year old says that too.

    June 28, 2012 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  15. truth hurts

    he should be jailed and tried for being an accessory to murder before and after the fact. 30 years behind bars would be about right for this incompetent fool.

    June 28, 2012 01:53 am at 1:53 am |