The House of Representatives has found U. S. Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for arrogantly stonewalling and withholding documents related to the botched federal scheme known as Operation Fast and Furious. The gun-running operation conceived in 2009 by the Phoenix Division of ATF — a Justice Department agency — was responsible for supplying more than 2,000 weapons to violent Mexican drug cartels. The scandal resulted in numerous deaths — including the murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry in the Arizona desert.
The operation which U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has acknowledged was “fundamentally flawed,” occurred under his watch with his Department’s knowledge and approval.
During today’s vote, in an arrogant display of liberal partisanship led by Democrat Nancy Pelosi, 110 Democrats walked out in protest.
The vote recommended that the House of Representatives find Eric H. Holder Jr., Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice, in contempt of Congress for refusal to comply with a subpoena duly issued by the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
Individual member votes can be seen here. (Republicans in roman; Democrats in italic; Independents underlined)
The measure passed 255-67, with one member voting “present.” Seventeen of the Democrats who didn’t walk out voted with the Republican majority to hold Holder in contempt of Congress. Two Republicans, Reps. Steven LaTourette (Ohio) and Scott Rigell (VA), opposed the contempt resolution.