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Holder Voted in Contempt of Congress

The House moved for the first time in history this afternoon to hold an Attorney General in contempt, voting by 255-67 in support of a contempt resolution brought about by Holder’s failure to turn over documents related to the Fast and Furious scandal.

Belying White House claims that the vote was purely partisan, 17 Democrats joined Republicans in support of the resolution.

Many Democrats walked off the floor rather than vote. In a bad sign of things to come as the presidential election race heats up, the walkout was led by members of the Congressional Black Caucus, a clear injection of racial politics into the confrontation between Holder and Congress.

There has been no evidence at all that I’m aware of that race has played a role in the investigation of Holder and the Justice Department by Congressional Republicans.

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21 Responses to Holder Voted in Contempt of Congress

  1. Of course the vote will be deem as racially motivated, and the spinmeisters at DOJ, the WH, and the CBC will make headlines on how this was a cross burning of the worst sort.

    The unfortunate thing is that the majority of voters will buy into this rhetoric, and not even understand the constitutional implications of what AG Holder and the WH have done. The liberalization of the education system in this country has left us with an uneducated, ill informed electorate, with no understanding of what a republic is.

    Pedro Pietri was correct with his 1988 play, Las Masas Son Crasas, the masses truly are asses.

    • I agree…with this vote, the MSM will portray the Republicans as racists and obstructionists, also tagging them with the dreaded “overreaching” label for good measure. The average person will totally buy into it. So much for standing up for what’s right anymore…and, by the way, thank you “Justice” Roberts for your support today.

      These are scary, bad times we’re living in.

  2. So tell me something, Keith, why do you think Boehner scheduled the vote the same day as the SCOTUS Healthcare Act ruling, thereby effectively burying your wing nut hobbyhorse?

    • Agents Brian Terry and Jaime Zapata were more than “wing nut hobbyhorse[s]”. May you never have to feel the pain of losing a child to murderous thugs.

  3. Running away, refusing to participate, and leaving their seats to protest a legal action on the basis of skin color is racist. No other reason can explain their refusal to vote.

  4. Race is not the issue. Failure to hand over documents related to the 2nd amendment attack are the issue. They have much to hide which should result in jail time for those involved (which is the entire obama crew). Truth for Patrol Agent Terry’s family is the goal.

  5. This action by the Congress may be the ONLY bright light of the day. With ObamaCare being ruled constitutional, I guess it would be hard for the Dems to play the race card on this issue.

    • Constitutional butt a TAX……see how that plays with all of us in the “fly-over” states..yanno…all of us except those on either coast….pretty much ALL of us.

  6. Much ado about nothing! No Federal prosecutor will indict Holder – they all work for him. Any attempt at civil prosecution will take months, if not years, and will fade into the sunset. It’s over! Obama skates!

      • I read somewhere about an “inherent” contempt charge. I don’t fully understand the meaning, but it was said that using the “inherent” contempt” charge could legally allow Congress to arrest Holder. Do you know anything about “inherent” contempt? Thank you.

        • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inherent_contempt#Inherent_contempt

          “Inherent contemptUnder this process, the procedure for holding a person in contempt involves only the chamber concerned. Following a contempt citation, the person cited is arrested by the Sergeant-at-Arms for the House or Senate, brought to the floor of the chamber, held to answer charges by the presiding officer, and then subjected to punishment as the chamber may dictate (usually imprisonment for punishment reasons, imprisonment for coercive effect, or release from the contempt citation).

          “Concerned with the time-consuming nature of a contempt proceeding and the inability to extend punishment further than the session of the Congress concerned (under Supreme Court rulings), Congress created a statutory process in 1857. While Congress retains its “inherent contempt” authority and may exercise it at any time, this inherent contempt process was last used by the Senate in 1934, in a Senate investigation of airlines and the U.S. Postmaster. After a one-week trial on the Senate floor (presided over by the Vice-President of the United States, acting as Senate President), William P. MacCracken, Jr., a lawyer and former Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Aeronautics who had allowed clients to rip up subpoenaed documents, was found guilty and sentenced to 10 days imprisonment.[5]

          “MacCracken filed a petition of habeas corpus in federal courts to overturn his arrest, but after litigation, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Congress had acted constitutionally, and denied the petition in the case Jurney v. MacCracken.[6][7]

          “Presidential pardons appear not to apply to a civil contempt procedure such as the above, since it is not an “offense against the United States” or against “the dignity of public authority.”[8]”

  7. A history making day…is also a sad day in American history. That the AG refused to turn over documents, that WH tries to assert Executive Privilege adds up to a CoverUp.

  8. I watched about 5 hours of the various hearings with Holder, the only people who injected race into the issue were the Democrats. When Dennis Kucinich comes across as a ‘reasond and responsible’ legislator, you have to acknowledge that the rest are a bit rabid.
    IMHO there should be no ‘caucusses’ allowed in the congress,not Black, hispanic or white. All of these people are supposed to represent first their district then the country. By far, the Black Democratic congresscritters of the Oversight Committee were represdenting only a black skinned liar.

    • Race-based caucuses are non-American imo.

      The Black Caucus’ support of “their person,” is so obviously racist that it cannot be ignored.