June 21, 2012

House Committee Votes to Charge Attorney General with Contempt


The House Oversight Committee passed judgment Wednesday on Attorney General Eric Holder, voting along party lines to recommend he be held in contempt by the full House when lawmakers consider the matter on the floor next week.

The partisan snipe fest was mostly focused on Holder’s handling of documents and information tied to the botched gun-smuggling probe known as “Operation Fast and Furious.”

On the NewsHour, Ray Suarez talked with two members of the committee, Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., and Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, after the vote.

Mica defended the GOP’s move as “the one means we have now,” since, he said, Holder did not fully cooperate with Chairman Darrell Issa.

But Kucinich argued it was not fair to put the blame for Fast and Furious, which claimed the life of a U.S. border patrol agent, on Holder.

“I’m concerned about making this a criminal matter, especially when the attorney general himself hasn’t personally been implicated in any of this. And this is a very serious matter to put it on an individual who it can’t be said that this was his personal responsibility,” Kucinich said.

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