House to Vote on Holding Attorney General Eric Holder in Contempt – Update – Dems to Join


The House has scheduled a vote on whether or not to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt, CBS News reports. It’s about time.

CBS News has learned the House Oversight Committee will vote next week on whether to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress. It’s the fourth time in 30 years that Congress has launched a contempt action against an executive branch member.

This time, the dispute stems from Holder failing to turn over documents subpoenaed on October 12, 2011 in the Fast and Furious “gunwalking” investigation.

The Justice Department has maintained it has cooperated fully with the congressional investigation, turning over tens of thousands of documents and having Holder testify to Congress on the topic at least eight times.

However, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., says the Justice Department has refused to turn over tens of thousands of pages of documents. Those include materials created after Feb. 4, 2011, when the Justice Department wrote a letter to Congress saying no gunwalking had occurred. The Justice Department later retracted the denial. (Read More)

Update: According to BuzzFeed, Issa expects up to 31 Democrats to vote in favor of holding Holder in contempt.