June 25th, 2012
01:49 AM ET

House vote to hold attorney general Holder in contempt possible soon

The U.S. House could, for the first time in history, vote this week to cite a sitting U.S. attorney general for contempt of Congress.

The House Oversight Committee recommended the vote against Attorney General Eric Holder last week after he refused to hand over all of the requested documents in its investigation of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms' controversial Fast and Furious gun-running sting.

The vote came after President Barack Obama asserted executive privilege over some documents sought by the panel. The White House move means the Department of Justice can withhold some of the documents.

House Oversight Committee chairman Darrell Issa said Sunday a letter being sent to Obama will outline why his invocation of executive privilege is either "overbroad, or simply wrong."

The letter will be sent by Monday, Issa, R-California, told ABC's "This Week."


Filed under: Barack Obama • Politics • U.S.
soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. mickey1313

    This proves that the gop are hypocrites. Every president has used executive privilege to protect there aids. Obama has used it for the first time. Bush used it several times each year he was in office. They will do anything to hurt the current administration.

    June 25, 2012 at 1:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      ...really it's time to send some of those reps home...

      June 25, 2012 at 2:06 am | Report abuse |
  2. Rascal Rabble

    a sunday letter...lol...if i was president obama i would have my secretary stamped "return to sender"...didn't the house redirected the president to the speaker to get permmission to give his address...let the reps interface through bonehead bohner...of course after the president clear his calendar...lol

    June 25, 2012 at 2:04 am | Report abuse |
  3. Rascal Rabble

    i think executive privilege is the white house way of telling the oversight committe to kiss the blueprint of his blaque grits...

    June 25, 2012 at 2:30 am | Report abuse |
    • mickey1313

      As he should. If bush can get away with the hiding of the truth behind 9/11, i think obama can hide this info. I'm not saying that this botched op was good, but is it worse then watergate, worse then Iran contra, whose then 9/11? All of those the potus used there privilege to block the info from coming out.

      June 25, 2012 at 2:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble White House Operator

      ...it goes back further than that...i think andrew jackson played that kiss my grits card, too...

      June 25, 2012 at 3:01 am | Report abuse |
    • mickey1313

      @rr those were the examples i know the context of. I read an article in the Denver post on Friday saying that every potus since Washington has played that card.

      June 25, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pete

      @mickey1313,remember Bush using exac privileges on the two WH aids that were subpoenaed after those 9 attorneys were mysteriously fired.The hypocritical republicans walked out of Capital Hill balking at this subpoena and to this day these two aids have never beenegally questioned,but that's republicans for ya,do what I say,not what I do!!I also think Holder should subpoena the likes of Bush Cheney,Gonzales and the original ATF agents,after its over and some high ranking republicans are indicted than Issa will call off this politically motivated witchhunt.Its a fact that only 12% of operation Gunrunner,Linebacker tracible guns were ever recovered,so just maybe Pres.Obama and Holder could be protecting our fascist expresident after all!!

      June 26, 2012 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  4. Rascal Rabble

    yes indeed-dee...can't wait til they play that thomas jefferson card on the banks...

    June 25, 2012 at 3:03 am | Report abuse |

    This is just internal bickering inside the party, where inclusion is a sign of party status and therefor a more lucrative and powerfull position within it.
    Unfortunately the slighted partys can use media to whine and point fingers which may gain them an invite to the next or present powers graces.
    Has nothing to do with legality of party and its policys, just attempts by someone peeved at a minor slight.
    Go shopping, there are many much more interesting sales ongoing. than this attempt to buy your votes.

    June 25, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ronvan

    WRONG!!! I admit it. Orginally thought that Boener was a well spoken representative. Now he is nothing more than the Repuks face of NO, NO, and of course NO! iF he agreed on anything I would have a stroke.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
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