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.