Historic: House votes to hold Holder in contempt

Via Fox News:

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.

Here’s the roll call.

More deets from Legal Insurrection:

The House voted on two separate items:

  • 1: Whether to hold Holder in contempt and then refer him to the DOJ
  • 2: Authorization to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to sue the DOJ in federal court [TK]

The congressman representing the district of the family of murdered border agent Brian Terry, Rep. John Dingell (D-MI), indicated he would vote against contempt.

In remarks prior to the vote, Rep. Issa (R-CA) said to Rep. Dingell: “When you say you represent Brian Terry, you do not.” Issa then read a statement from the Brian Terry family, which said that the only time they had heard from Dingell was one condolence letter.

Many democrats joined the Congressional Black Caucus in walking out of the proceedings during the vote.

And every Democrat who did should be publicly named and shamed.   What despicable, derelict “representatives”, and a shameful dishonor of the memory of Brian Terry and the 300+ Mexicans who are dead because of Fast and Furious.

Between today’s deeply disappointing SCOTUS ruling on ObamaCare, and the whole sad, sordid Fast and Furious scandal, I freaking can’t wait until November so Americans can vote this contemptible president and his allies in Congress out of office. I’m absolutely sick of every blasted one of them.

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