House votes to hold attorney general in contempt

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  • Twin Lights Louisville, KY
    June 29, 2012 12:52 p.m.

    What is missing here is the notion of who is withholding the papers and who Congress would really like to cite for contempt. Pres. Obama.

    He has extended the veil of Executive Privilege over his AG, so it seems clear he is at minimum aware of the issues and likely agrees with Holder's stances. But Congress can't get at the sitting president so they content themselves with barking at the AG.

    I think there are some real issues here. It would be nice if the politics could be set aside and officials (both legislative and executive) could do their jobs. Instead, the Congressional Republicans have been preparing for a pig roast and wonder now why the Democrats in the Executive Branch have RSVPed in the negative because they are uneasy about who will provide the pig.

    Partisanship is ruinous.

  • Furry1993 Clearfield, UT
    June 29, 2012 10:22 a.m.

    To Happy Valley Heretic 8:07 a.m. June 29, 2012

    Or, even worse, "outing" a covert CIA operative, thereby putting everyone with whom she had worked during her entire career at risk, just because her husband dared to be critical of the policies of the inhabitant of the White House. That is FAR worse than this "fast and furious" mess.

    F&F should be investigated, but these political games played by the Republican leadership are deserving of contempt.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    June 29, 2012 8:10 a.m.

    Big Blue - from both the last three Republican administrations, there have been members of the White House convicted of actual crimes and sentenced to jail (Scooter Libby, Oliver North...) and dozens others who were granted Presidential Pardons. I am not saying any of this justifies anything this White House may or may not have done.... but if this is reason enough to send Obama to retirement, who are you going to vote for. The other party doesn't have a track recored of doing anything better. You can't have one standard for one party, and another for the other.

    I would love it if we didn't have any discussions about either Dems nor Republicans playing political gamesmanship with our money and our futures. But its been the case for over 200 years now, I have very low expectations it will change.

    Net Net - Libby wasn't enough to say Bush should step down. North wasn't enough for Reagan to retire over. And Clinton... well... he made it challenging from time to time, didn't he (travelgate). But none had to "retire" over what someone in their adminstration did.

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    June 29, 2012 8:07 a.m.

    Mike Richards
    A border patrol officer was killed. Start the impeachment hearings tomorrow! Nothing that Nixon did was comparable. No one was killed in Watergate.

    So I see you completely glossed over Iran Contra, like the other far right wing neo-neo-cons.
    Selling weapons to enemies and drugs to American, I'm surprised you support that kind of leadership

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    June 29, 2012 5:56 a.m.

    Worf - that is the really funny thing - if Holder is to be "punished", it would be himself who does it. Very odd situation.

    As to the Dem vs Repub comment, I would like to see more republicans break rands once in a while and not be so worried about being call RINOs. Seems a handful of Dems have found the you-know-whats to be willing to be called DINOs. I actually think Hatch's win took some of the fear of the tea party away and some of these people will start working on solutions regardless if it makes them look moderate from time to time - or at least I hope that is the outcome.

    Obamacare needs to be fixed, and the only way it will work is if it is a bipartisan solution. We are miles away from that right now.

  • Go Big Blue!!! Bountiful, UT
    June 29, 2012 12:55 a.m.

    The current administration is anything but transparent. Four years ago Obama strongly attacked Bush's use of executive privledge. I guess it is different when it protects your own back.

    This month Obama has shown a number of times that his administration is above the law. It is time to send Obama into retirement.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    June 28, 2012 11:05 p.m.


    I'm not seeing this as "Democrats vs Republicans".

    Is there any punishment for Holder?

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    June 28, 2012 9:58 p.m.

    It's going to take more that a "contempt" citation to get this administration's attention.

    A border patrol officer was killed. Start the impeachment hearings tomorrow! Nothing that Nixon did was comparable. No one was killed in Watergate.

    This administration is not above the law. It's time that they learned that concept.

  • Red Salt Lake City, UT
    June 28, 2012 8:18 p.m.

    These lame Government "leaders" are embarrassing themselves by showing the world that they are complete liars.

  • ouisc Farmington, UT
    June 28, 2012 7:09 p.m.

    Contempt is a pretty desperate measure. And as many months discussions have taken place regarding Fast and Furious, it is now time for desperate measures. It's a crying shame it has taken this long to get to this point. Hopefully, Congress can learn what was done that got so many guns into the hands of killers.

  • teleste Austin, TX
    June 28, 2012 6:49 p.m.

    @Craig Clark

    Where are the documents?

    Holder has something to hide...

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    June 28, 2012 6:23 p.m.

    Worf..... care to compare this to Iran Contra and Mr. Oliver North - selling weapons to Iran? There is no moral high ground here by either party.

    On the other hand, I was encouraged to see 17 Democrats vote their conscience rather than vote party line. When was the last time you saw any number of conservatives do likewise. We need to see more of our congress people vote for a policy or idea rather than backing the party blindly.

    Very encouraging. Conscience over party loyalty. What a concept.

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    June 28, 2012 3:49 p.m.

    Both were partisan misuses of Congressional authority.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    June 28, 2012 3:18 p.m.

    With a former president, impeachment meant nothing.

    What's contempt going to mean for an AG?