Update 5:40 p.m.: Attorney General Eric Holder was cited in contempt of Congress on criminal and civil charges for failing to comply with subpoenas for key documents in an investigation of the government’s failed “Fast and Furious” gun-walking scandal.
The criminal contempt charge passed on a vote of 255 yeas to 67 nays – 17 Democrats voted with Republicans in favor of contempt, and two Republicans — Reps. Scott Rigell of Virginia and Steven LaTourette of Ohio — voted no. More than 100 Democrats declined to vote for or against the charges, and instead staged a walkout of the House chambers to protest the action.
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Civil charges passed on a vote of 258 yeas to 95 nays — 21 Democrats joined with all Republicans to find the attorney general in contempt, marking the first time in the nation’s history the top lawmaker has ever been charged as such by the House.
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said the Justice Department failed to provide documents and facts requested by the Oversight and Government Reform Committee as part of its inquiry into the operation and murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.
Read more at Human Events. By Audrey Hudson.
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