Bob Owens

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Holder faces contempt vote over Fast and Furious

Written By: Bob - Jun• 20•12

Barring a very unexpected last-minute cave in by either side, the House of Representatives will move forward with a contempt citation against Attorney General for blocking the Oversight Committee’s investigation into Fast and Furious.

House Republicans appear to be charging ahead with a high-drama contempt vote against Eric Holder, after GOP Rep. Darrell Issa said the attorney generally failed to produce the documents he requested for the probe into the Justice Department’s botched Fast and Furious operation.

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is scheduled to meet at 10 a.m. ET on Wednesday. Barring a last-minute document dump from Holder, lawmakers are poised to vote on a contempt resolution following debate this morning.

If the vote proceeds, Republicans have more than enough votes on committee to pass the resolution. However, Holder would not be considered to be held in contempt of Congress unless and until the full House approves the measure.

I expect the contempt vote will pass the Oversight committee on party lines and go to the full House. The worst Holder faces is a year in prison for contempt of Congress. He’ll gladly take that. It beats the Hell out of the accessory to murder, RICO, Kingpin Act, and Arms Export Control Act violations he should face that would likely put him in a federal prison for the rest of him natural life.

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  1. harp1034 says:

    Oh come, come now, we all know that he will never spend so much as one hour in jail. However, don’t any of us try that.

  2. Neo says:

    This stuff is in the system. You can’t just purge it out.
    Eventually, the administration will change, no matter what, so this stuff will re-emerge.

  3. Phelps says:

    You don’t get a sentence like that for contempt. You get “sit in jail until you are ready to pick up the phone and tell the DoJ to cough up the documents.” When you are in contempt, you can end it any time you like by complying.

  4. Neo says:

    Congressional legislation has been introduced to name the bureau’s D.C. headquarters the “Eliot Ness ATF Building’’ after the agent whose battles with bootleggers and mobsters in Prohibition-era Chicago inspired the book, movie and TV series “The Untouchables.”

    The naming really had nothing to do with the Fast and Furious operation, which has become the subject of a congressional investigation. It’s included in a broader bill, introduced by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), who chairs the Senate committee that oversees federal buildings.

    Why in the world would Eliot Ness, an FBI agent, want his name on an ATF building ?

    I’m feeling generous today, so how about “The Barack Obama ATF building” or the “The Eric Holder ATF building” .. yeah, that’s the ticket

  5. PhreddieHaff says:

    “Why in the world would Eliot Ness, an FBI agent, want his name on an ATF building ?”

    Ness was a Treasury agent. The BATF is a department of the Treasury. It’s completely appropriate.