Quote:A House panel voted Wednesday to place Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for his failure to comply with a subpoena, defying an assertion of executive privilege from President Obama.Read more: thehill.com
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, led by Republican Chairman Darrell Issa (Calif.), approved a resolution along party lines to place Holder in contempt after battling him for months over access to internal agency documents about the gun-tracking operation known as "Fast and Furious."
The vote came after Obama escalated the conflict by sending a letter to the committee claiming executive privilege over the documents the panel had sought.
All 23 Republicans on the committee voted for the contempt resolution, while all 17 Democrats voted against it. Every member of the panel was present for the vote.
Minutes after the panel's decision, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) announced that the full House will vote on the contempt measure next week.
Catch 22, Obama ordered exec priv on the docs at the last minute, now they put him in contempt for docs the admin refuses to hand over. At what point does Obama ask Holder to step down? This is election year, most presidential candidates would have already dropped him like a hot potato.
Obviously there is something in those docs that would indicate guilt, and it may go all the way to the top.
Of course we could be looking at a dog and pony show where nothing will happen, but congress seems genuinely pissed.