Committee holds Holder in contempt
By BENNY MARTINEZ
Talk Radio News Service
WASHINGTON – The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Wednesday voted strictly along party lines to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress.
The 23-17 vote advances the contempt citation to the full House. Shortly after the vote, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) released a statement announcing that the contempt citation will be brought to the House floor for a vote next week.
“We hoped it had not come to this,” the statement read. “If, however, Attorney General Holder produces these documents prior to the scheduled vote, we will give the Oversight Committee an opportunity to review in hopes of resolving this issue.”
Holder responded with a statement of his own expressing extreme distaste with the outcome of Wednesday’s committee vote.
“Simply put, any claims that the Justice Department has been unresponsive to requests for information are untrue. From the beginning, Chairman Issa and certain members of the Committee have made unsubstantiated allegations first, then scrambled for facts to try to justify them later,” Holder said. “That might make for good political theater, but it does little to uncover the truth or address the problems associated with this operation and prior ones dating back to the previous administration… It’s an election-year tactic intended to distract attention.”
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