Friday, June 29, 2012
As planned, Congress held Attorney General Eric Holder in Criminal Contempt (255-67), for his failure to provide information in the Congressional investigation of Border Agent Brian Terry's death, as a result of Operation Fast and Furious. Unlike the ObamaCare vote, this vote was bipartisan in nature, where 17 Democrats defected, as they expect another tsunami to hit the House on November 6, 2012.
Because the US Attorneys work under the Attorney General, the criminal contempt charge will not likely be followed up, however, Congress also voted, in a bipartisan fashion, for Civil Contempt (258-95), so that a court could force the documents to be turned over.
Congress had its antics and sideshow with 100 Democrats walking out, but in the end, Eric Holder is the first sitting cabinet member to be held in contempt-not a proud legacy if you ask me. He will be under more pressure to provide Congress with those documents if the declaration of Executive Priviledge does not hold up in court.
These fine young men died serving their country and while nothing could make up for their deaths, learning the truth and having justice handed down will provide the Terry and Zapata families with the closure they so desire. Good for Congress for their strong resolve in getting to the bottom of this!