Big deal! The consequences could be that a U.S. Attorney, District of Columbia Ronald Machen makes the decision of whether to move forward with criminal prosecution but guess what, Machen’s boss is none other than Eric Holder. The questions before us are, is criminal prosecution discretionary? will Machen go ahead with it? how agressively will Machen prosecute? can Holder override him? The chicken guarding the henhouse scenario applies here.
After the Obamacare ruling from the Supreme Court, I don’t have faith that they will find Obama’s executive privilege on this matter unconstitutional. -Phoebe
House votes to hold Attorney General Holder in contempt of Congress
Published June 28, 2012
The GOP-led House voted Thursday to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for failing to provide key information pertaining to Operation Fast and Furious, making Holder the first sitting Cabinet member to be held in contempt.
The vote was 255-67 with one lawmaker voting not present. Seventeen Democrats broke ranks to vote in favor of contempt, while two Republicans voted against the measure.
The vote was preceded by a heated floor debate.
“It’s important to remember how we got here,” House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said during a speech ahead of the vote. “The Justice Department has not provided the facts and information we requested. … It’s our constitutional duty to find out.”
The GOP-led House took the step over the alleged failure to provide additional information about the failed gun-running operation known as Fast and Furious which was run by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives — a division of the Justice Department led by Holder.
Democrats walked out of the chamber ahead of the vote.
“What is happening here is shameful,” said Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., who argued House Republicans are more politically motivated in attacking Holder than getting to the bottom of the failed operation, in which at least two of the guns were connected to the fatal shooting of U.S. border agent Brian Terry.
Lawmakers voted against a proposal by Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., to return the matter to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.