UPDATE: Oversight Committee Finds Holder in Comtempts 23-17
Charges will be brought upon the House floor next week for a full vote.
After the vote was complete by the House Oversight Committee, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) issued the following statement:
“Despite being given multiple opportunities to provide the documents necessary for Congress’ investigation into Fast and Furious, Attorney General Holder continues to stonewall. Today, the Administration took the extraordinary step of exerting executive privilege over documents that the Attorney General had already agreed to provide to Congress.
Fast and Furious was a reckless operation that led to the death of an American border agent, and the American people deserve to know the facts to ensure that nothing like this ever happens again. While we had hoped it would not come to this, unless the Attorney General reevaluates his choice and supplies the promised documents, the House will vote to hold him in contempt next week. If, however, Attorney General Holder produces these documents prior to the scheduled vote, we will give the Oversight Committee an opportunity to review in hopes of resolving this issue.”
Now some highlights (and lowlights) of the day.
First off is Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) who caught my attention mid-daydream with this fiery statement:
Sure as hell beats this video of (groan) Sheila Jackson Lee (D):
Of course... it's all Bush's fault... haven't heard that zinger before...
... and when we don't buy that, it's gotta be racist:
What the heck, Tingles? “I don’t want to start too much forest fire here but it is my instinct... you know, my 'go-to' exuse, that... uh, isn't this just ethnic, er uh, pretty friggin' racist? You know, the disdain coming from those mean old racist Republicans... they talk down to the president and his friends, ya know... and you shouldn't do that to Obama... doing that is obvious racism.... simple math... Questions + Republicans = Racism.... blub blub blub..."
However the biggest star of the today had to be Barack Obama, who not only issued a historic executive order, blocking the yet to be released documents Rep. Issa has been pushing for... but he also spoke against the Attorney General, telling him that the job of the AG is not to persue a political agenda:
Oh wait... my bad. That was him in 2005 speaking about the role of the AG under Bush. Oh well, still fits today, so you get the gold star in my book Mr. President.
Previously on the BL Rag...
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa made the following statement after his meeting with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder:
“I had hoped that after this evening’s meeting I would be able to tell you that the Department had delivered documents that would justify the postponement of tomorrow’s vote on contempt. The Department told the Committee on Thursday that it had documents it could produce that would answer our questions. Today, the Attorney General informed us that the Department would not be producing those documents. The only offer they made involved us ending our investigation.
“While I still hope the Department will reconsider its decision so tomorrow’s vote can be postponed, after this meeting I cannot say that I am optimistic. At this point, we simply do not have the documents we have repeatedly said we need to justify the postponement of a contempt vote in committee.”
Despite a late decision by President Obama to grant Holder executive privilege over Fast and Furious documents, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is expected to carry on this morning with its promise the push contempt charges against Holder.
The move by Holder and Obama put requested documents on lockdown not only complicates the fight over the gunrunning op, but also increases suspicions of how far up the totem pole this scandal goes.