House holds Holder in contempt: 17 Democrats vote yes, other Dems walk out; Update: Media continues to push 'retaliation' narrative


Earlier in the day-long hearing, there was a pre-vote on a resolution which passed; 15 Democrats crossed the aisle to vote with Republicans.

Then came the final vote.

Other Democrats chose to pull a stunt.

Lynching. Really, Congressman? Vile.

Justice means nothing to them. They’d rather pull childish stunts.

Holder will reportedly speak shortly.

Twitchy will monitor this momentous vote and will update with further details and reaction.

Update: Unbelievable.

Pushing the absurd leftist false narrative that the Attorney General would be found in contempt out of retaliation for the Supreme Court’s decision today.

Update: Reaction is coming in.

More pushing of false and ludicrous narrative.

And the trusty “witch hunt” lie.

Plus some deplorable “lynching” references.

Following Representative Cohen’s lead.

Shameless and shameful Senator Reid acts like the tool that he is.

Statement from the White House communications director:

Statement by White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer on Today’s Contempt Vote in the U.S. House of Representatives

At the beginning of this year, Republicans announced one of their top priorities was to investigate the Administration and to ensure that President Obama was a one-term President. Despite the major economic challenges facing the country, they talked openly about devoting taxpayer-funded, Congressional oversight resources to political purposes.

The problem of gunwalking was a field-driven tactic that dated back to the George W. Bush Administration, and it was this Administration’s Attorney General who ended it. Attorney General Holder has said repeatedly that fighting criminal activity along the Southwest Border – including the illegal trafficking of guns to Mexico has been is a top priority of the Department. Eric Holder has been an excellent Attorney General and just yesterday the Chairman of the House Oversight Committee acknowledged that he had no evidence – or even the suspicion – that the Attorney General knew of the misguided tactics used in this operation.

Yet, Republicans pushed for political theater rather than legitimate Congressional oversight. Over the past fourteen months, the Justice Department accommodated Congressional investigators, producing 7,600 pages of documents, and testifying at eleven Congressional hearings. In an act of good faith, this week the Administration made an additional offer which would have resulted in the Committee getting unprecedented access to documents dispelling any notion of an intent to mislead. But unfortunately, a politically-motivated agenda prevailed and instead of engaging with the President in efforts to create jobs and grow the economy, today we saw the House of Representatives perform a transparently political stunt.

He’s clearly cuckoo pants. Bless his heart.

More statements on the vote are released.

Holder also gives a statement; Twitter users react.

The Attorney General’s statement via the Department of Justice website.

Thursday, June 28, 2012
Statement of Attorney General Eric Holder on the U.S. House of Representatives Vote

Attorney General Eric Holder issued the following statement today:

“Today’s vote is the regrettable culmination of what became a misguided – and politically motivated – investigation during an election year.   By advancing it over the past year and a half, Congressman Issa and others have focused on politics over public safety.   Instead of trying to correct the problems that led to a series of flawed law enforcement operations, and instead of helping us find ways to better protect the brave law enforcement officers, like Agent Brian Terry, who keep us safe – they have led us to this unnecessary and unwarranted outcome.

“During this time, the men and women of the Department of Justice – and I – have remained focused on what should and must be our government’s top priority: protecting the American people.

“When concerns about Operation Fast and Furious first came to light, I took action – and ordered an independent investigation into what happened.   We learned that the flawed tactics used in this operation began in the previous administration – but I made sure that they ended under this one.   I also made sure that agents and prosecutors around the country knew that such tactics must never be used again.   I put in place new policies, new safeguards, and new leadership to make certain of this – and took extraordinary steps to facilitate robust congressional oversight.   Let me be very clear – that was my response to Operation Fast and Furious.   Any suggestion to the contrary simply ignores the facts.

“I had hoped that Congressional leaders would be good-faith partners in this work.   Some have.  Others, however, have devoted their time and attention to making reckless charges – unsupported by fact – and to advancing truly absurd conspiracy theories.   Unfortunately, these same members of Congress were nowhere to be found when the Justice Department and others invited them to help look for real solutions to the terrible problem of violence on both sides of our Southwest Border.   That’s tragic, and it’s irresponsible.  The problem of drugs and weapons trafficking across this border is a real and significant public safety threat – and it deserves the attention of every leader in Washington.

“In the face of these and other challenges, the Justice Department has continued to move forward in fulfilling its critical law enforcement responsibilities. Whether it is with regard to prosecuting financial and health care fraud, achieving a record mortgage settlement, taking aggressive action in protecting the most vulnerable among us, or challenging proposed voting changes and redistricting maps that could disenfranchise millions of voters – this Department of Justice has not been afraid to act.

“Some of these enforcement decisions were not politically popular and help to explain the action taken today by the House.   As Attorney General, I do not look to do that which is politically expedient – on behalf of the American people whom I am privileged to serve, I seek justice.

“In recent weeks, the Justice Department secured its seventh conviction in the most serious terrorist plot our nation has faced since 9/11.   And just two days ago, the Department awarded more than $100 million in grants to save or create law enforcement jobs, including more than 600 jobs for recent veterans.

“This is the kind of work that leaders in Washington should be striving together to advance.   At a time when so many Americans are in need of our help, I refuse to be deterred from it.   And I will not let election-year politics and gamesmanship stand in the way of continued progress.

“Today’s vote may make for good political theater in the minds of some, but it is – at base – both a crass effort and a grave disservice to the American people.   They expect – and deserve – far better.

“As a result of the action taken today by the House, an unnecessary court conflict will ensue.  My efforts to resolve this matter short of such a battle were rebuffed by Congressman Issa and his supporters.  It’s clear that they were not interested in bringing an end to this dispute or obtaining the information they claimed to seek.  Ultimately, their goal was the vote that – with the help of special interests – they now have engineered.

“Whatever the path that this matter will now follow, it will not distract me or the men and women of the Department of Justice from the important tasks that are our responsibility.   A great deal of work for the American people remains to be done – I’m getting back to it.   I suggest that those who orchestrated today’s vote do the same.”

But, racist!


    Civil contempt will prove best in which to proceed. The documents must be opened. Though, this could take months. Holder’s cute little response was 4-year-oldish. No surprise.

    • TiLiNi

      Then he goes to Disney World!

  • Maria Rosario

    Everyone keeps acting like we shouldn’t care about the hundreds of Mexicans and the one border patrol agent that have died because for this failed gun running operation.

    • NCR Elite

      They didn’t even tell Mexican officials what they were doing. Can you imagine if another country had done this to us?

  • Owen007

    Stimulus bill passes with three GOP votes in two houses of Congress: bi-partisan.
    Contempt charge passes with seventeen Dem votes in just one house of Congress: evil right-wingers playing politics.

  • Stupid Republic

    I don’t think they have race cards to play in federal prison.

  • jenndee

    We should use the poor man’s name that was killed, due to the Obama Administration’s scheming, lying, political wreckage. Brian Terry, may you some day be able to rest in peace.

  • Gena Harward

    Brian Terry Foundation’s fb page has 2,382 likes. Where is everyone? Support this family!

  • freeinaz

    It’s shameful these so-called legislators believe the Atty. General can do such an illegal operation causing deaths of untold amount of people on both sides of the border and don’t seem to want to get to the bottom of it and prosecute those who were involved. If a private citizen were to do what the DOJ has done; with holding evidence, lying, and being so aloof about such an international incident, they would have been jailed already. Sickening.

  • TiLiNi

    Tell Congress to get to work amd then go to Disney World. Practice what you preach!

  • SuperstionQueen

    “Unfortunately, these same members of Congress were nowhere to be found when the Justice Department and others invited them to help look for real solutions to the terrible problem of violence on both sides of our Southwest Border. That’s tragic, and it’s irresponsible. The problem of drugs and weapons trafficking across this border is a real and significant public safety threat – and it deserves the attention of every leader in Washington.”
    SERIOUSLY HOLDER??? The serious problem it is happens to be the one you created. You were willing to MURDER 300 Mexicans (more if you hadn’t been caught with your proverbial pants down) and allow the murder of the men and women who bravely stand at our border SOLELY to advance the progressive agenda of disarming the people of the United States for power and control. Unbelievable that he is still advancing with this narrative–but let us ALL keep repeating that Obama claimed EXECUTIVE PRIVELEGE after he and Holder both blatantly lied about their knowledge of this operation. AND…it was not a “botched” operation. It worked exactly as they planned it to, only they got caught.

  • TiLiNi

    So now what’s gonna happen after this contempt vote?

  • Fred Zanfardino

    If liberals really think GOP House members were going to let Holder slide if the ObamaCare ruling had gone in their favor then they are even stupider than I knew they were.