Daniel Wein (@danielwein) June 20, 2012
As Twitchy reported this morning, the most transparent administration ever has asserted executive privilege regarding Operation Fast and Furious documents prior to the contempt hearing scheduled for 10 a.m.
The hearing will proceed as scheduled.
Holder is trying to bravely run away.
Holder: "America is a nation of cowards." *hides under Obama's skirt*—
Cuffé (@CuffyMeh) June 20, 2012
Twitchy will continuously monitor the hearing and update live. In the meantime, here is the resolution being considered.
Rep. Cummings continues his water-carrying tool status.
Earlier this morning, he whined to CNN’s Soledad O’Brien. CNN framed it as the congressman “opening up” about mean old Republicans. Hello, lapdog media!
Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) opens up to CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien about Attorney General Eric Holder and the Fast & Furious program on Starting Point.
When O’Brien asks how likely a contempt hearing will be if Holder does not present requested documents by 10am ET, Rep. Cummings says, “That’s quite likely, and I expect that it will come to a vote. I expect that it will be a vote on party lines…. And I still believe that this is an effort to try to embarrass the President.”
No, Mr. Cummings. It is an effort at finding the truth. And justice for those killed.
The WH claim of executive privilege on Fast and Furious covers communications that Holder and the WH had denied even exist. Someone lied.—
Ken Gardner (@kesgardner) June 20, 2012
Huh. Curious that!
Stompy foot tantrum.
Democrats are missing a moral compass, yet again.
Republicans, like Rep. Jason Chaffetz, are rightfully hammering Holder.
More Chaffetz, please.
Speaker Boehner’s office weighs in.
Good question for Holder cheerleader Rep. Mahoney.
Boom from Connie Mack.
Border patrol agents are also calling for Holder to resign.
Democrat Rep. Ed Towns also snuggling up to Holder at the expense of truth and justice.
Citizens are already holding Holder in contempt.
More Republicans are finally fighting like girls and demanding accountability and truth.
Yes. And to Brian Terry and his grieving family.
Rep Tim Walberg says he will vote "contempt" to the AJ Eric Holder in not revealing the Fast n Furious data. Wow!—
Eric Bailey (@CulturalRights) June 20, 2012
Rep. Tim Walberg ( R-MI ) and Rep. Connie Mach ( R-FL ) make clear case for contempt charges against AG Holder.—
ANYBODYbutOBAMA (@DeportObama2012) June 20, 2012
A good question: Absolute incompetence or something worse?
If Holder were loyal and wanted to help the president, he would resign today. Politically, this might be the dumbest move of this admin yet.—
Kevin (@MorningVent) June 20, 2012
Perhaps there is more in the documents that they are desperately trying to hide?
Huh. Strange, that.
Contrary to Rep. Cummings’s ludicrous assertion, this is not about politics.
Rep. Tierney (D-Mass.) continues his record of idiocy.
Rep Tierney wants to get back to what their purpose was in this hearing & give Holder more time. Holder is the reason purpose is twisted!—
Kerri Hudson (@1972patriot) June 20, 2012
A grave photo.
FLASHBACK. Obama owns this.
Holder retracts a previous claim (lie).
Katie Pavlich gets to the heart of the matter, as always.
Rep. Buerkle is kicking arse, fighting like a girl.
Rep Ann Marie Buerkle from NY is spot on.—
Danielle (@DmarieMcD) June 20, 2012
Rep. Buerkle is a leader.
Twitter users demand more accountability than the incompetent and, frankly, corrupt Democrats who have been elected to represent the people.
Another picture of history in the making.
Executive privilege assertion continues to backfire.
That doesn’t stop other Democrats from continuing to be shameless and shameful.
Democrat Rep. Lynch is particularly disgusting. He is more concerned about “disgrace to Holder” than, you know, people dying.
He then tried to blame Bush. Surprise, surprise!
Dear Rep. Lynch: Did Brian Terry die under Michael Mukasey or Eric Holder?—
Drew (@FigDrewton) June 20, 2012
You are reprehensible, Rep. Lynch.
Rep. Jim Jordan taking names!
Republican Rep. DesJarlais also cutting right to the chase.
He also slams down Rep. Lynch’s contemptible assertions.
Democrat Rep. Welch tries to steal Lynch’s revolting thunder.
Oh, really? No big whoop, move along. Except, you know, the lies keep coming.
Trey Gowdy (R-SC) on the warpath! Hammering Holder and the administration hard. Rightfully so.
"if congress has time to look into major league baseball, the BCS & invite Stephen Colbert," they have time for this! ~ SC Rep Trey Gowdy—
Sarah Rumpf (@rumpfshaker) June 20, 2012
Kudos, Rep. Gowdy!
And still more questions about the invoking of executive privilege.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz not done taking names.
Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID) says he now calls for Holder's resignation. Says the AG misled Congress.—
Jill Jackson (@jacksonjk) June 20, 2012
Update: Voting to begin shortly.
Votes coming in 20 minutes—
Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) June 20, 2012
Oh, good grief!
Rep. Maloney’s looking a bit worn-out as well.
Maloney, who was whining earlier about how this investigation is, like, so unfair to Holder, whined again:
Rep. Maloney: Holder has been called to 9 hearings. ATF Director hasn't even been called once. Suggests unfairness toward Holder.—
Nathaniel Norris (@Nate_Norris) June 20, 2012
AG Holder wouldn't have needed to be called before congress 9 times if he provided the documents on the first or 2nd visits.—
Palmer (@Jonijam) June 20, 2012
So there’s that to keep in mind.
Rep. Issa just announced that there are three remaining amendments up for discussion before the contempt vote takes place.
Next up on the docket? A proposed amendment from Democratic Rep. Lynch of Massachusetts:
Rep. Lankford has a few words for Lynch:
Lynch is shamelessly denying any wrongdoing by Holder.
Chaffetz brings down the house again. We can't know that Holder did nothing wrong b/c he won't turn over the docs!—
Lachlan Markay (@LachlanMarkay) June 20, 2012
Rep. Cummings: Obstruction? Pffft! What obstruction?
Looks like the Lynch amendment is on the back burner:
How about a vote on Holder, guys?
Rep Maloney: Sure we're upset about Brian Terry and stuff, but this whole investigation is just outrageous and Bush.—
Heather (@hmfearny) June 20, 2012
The "narrative of the contempt citation." That's what Maloney doesn't like about this case.—
Seth Mandel (@SethAMandel) June 20, 2012
Maloney: “This investigation has degenerated into a purely political exercise to tarnish the reputation of the attorney general and the president in an election year.” And then she quoted Juan Williams. No, seriously. That just happened.
D.C. Delegate Norton just thinks we’re all idiots.
Maloney’s amendment has been voted down. Rep. Gowdy is up.
BOOM! Gowdy: "I think it was when I was 11 or 12 that the defense 'but the other guys are doing it' stopped working."—
Lachlan Markay (@LachlanMarkay) June 20, 2012
We’re digging this guy.
Rep. Buerkle reads a statement from Brian Terry’s family condemning Holder and Obama. The statement asserts that Obama and the DOJ are more interested in covering for themselves than in seeking justice for Terry’s death.
The committee is revisiting earlier amendments:
The Lynch amendment has also failed.
Maloney’s amendment has failed as well.
Gowdy’s amendment has passed. And we inch ever closer to the contempt vote … we hope.
And there we go! Glory hallelujah, they finally voted.
It’s official: Eric Holder has been held in contempt by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Next, on to the House.
House GOP Leaders says they'll hold contempt citation vote on Atty Gen Holder next week unless he supplies documents at issue.—
Mark Knoller (@markknoller) June 20, 2012
For reactions to the vote, go here.