June 21st, 2012
02:14 PM ET

Contempt vote inflames Fast and Furious debate

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A possible U.S. House vote next week on citing Attorney General Eric Holder for contempt of Congress in connection with the botched Fast and Furious gun-running sting evoked bitter political sniping Thursday between Republicans and Democrats.

Despite statements by all parties favoring a deal to avoid what would be an unprecedented contempt citation against a sitting attorney general, the heated rhetoric indicated congressional leaders and Holder remained committed to deeply rooted stances on the politically charged issue.

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, defended the House Oversight Committee vote Wednesday to refer the contempt citation to the full House, saying the goal was to uncover the truth about Fast and Furious, including what he called certain White House involvement.

"The House will vote next week on a contempt measure unless these documents are released," Boehner said.

At the White House, spokesman Jay Carney called the Republican investigation a "politically motivated, taxpayer funded, election year fishing expedition."

"It is this approach that explains at least in part why this Congress has the lowest approval ratings of any in recent memory," Carney said.

Holder, meanwhile, said his offer still stands to turn over some of the documents sought by House Republicans.


soundoff (58 Responses)
  1. MillerMan

    If there was nothing to hide this wouldn't be a problem. So much for the most transparent administration in history.

    June 21, 2012 at 2:38 pm |
    • Howard


      June 22, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
      • Mike

        It sounds to me like Issa is just being unreasonable and demanding to stage political theatrics, you know, like he usually does.

        Im inclined to give him the benefit of the doubt because they have already turned over a mountain of evidence which has yielded nothing, so Issa keeps digging deeper. Every single one of the witnesses they have pulled in so far (all 22 of them) has denied stating anything about Fast and Furious with the Attorney General. Honestly I am surprised that Ken Starr hasnt been called in to assit at this point. This investigation has gone nowhere and now they are left with digging up information about ongoing investigations. I imagine that Eric Holder is at the end of his wits at this point. The Republicans are going to continue to spend millions trying to find something, this is like Whitewater part 2.

        June 22, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
      • jean2009


        Issa and accountability in the same sentence....you have to be kidding.


        June 22, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
  2. John

    Good idea libs, Put Pelosi out front of this issue. That will help... LOL!!!

    June 21, 2012 at 2:59 pm |
    • Pistoph

      Start impeachment proceedings. When she asks what is in the indictment...

      ...tell her "we gotta pass it to see what's in it"

      June 22, 2012 at 4:54 am |
  3. DEcember 2012


    June 21, 2012 at 3:38 pm |
    • Frank Marshall Davis

      You're the authority on it, you should know.

      June 21, 2012 at 4:10 pm |
    • RosAnn05

      Really?? This is disgusting using that kind of language.

      June 21, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
    • NOvember 2012

      you just seem to get more moronic daily...put the bong down and shut down your mothers lap top...your mother is pulling in the driveway.

      June 21, 2012 at 6:49 pm |
    • DEcember 2012




      June 21, 2012 at 7:51 pm |
      • soapboxshrink

        Masturbation seems to be a recurring theme in your posts. I bet you could arm wrestle a baboon and win!

        June 22, 2012 at 8:47 am |
      • John

        That would be the reson I refer to him as "throbbing member 2012"

        June 22, 2012 at 11:00 am |
      • DEcember 2012



        June 22, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
    • John

      Our governmnet ran guns across the border and provided them to drug king pins. These same guns killed two Americans and, by all reports, many Mexicans.
      This administration (Holder) denied to know anything (through a memo). Then Obama denied knowing anything. Then, 6 months later, this administration said them memo was mistaken and they did know something, but they will not tell congress what they know – because they said it was nothing. Then, the night before the vote, this administration claims execu priv?
      Only a Obama shill, you know an Obamunist like throbbing member 2012, would think there is nothing to see here. The didn't track the guns, they didn't tell the Mexican authorities they were sending guns into their country and they DENIED TO MEXICO THAT THEY DID ANYTHING.
      What was this progam suppose to accomplish? Who is responsible for losing the guns and the deaths of the border agents? How come Mexico was not informed? Where is the money from the guns that were sold? How many of these guns are still out there? How many of these guns were used IN THE US???
      So many critical questions – and the libs say "just sweep it under the rug" – typical.

      June 22, 2012 at 10:06 am |
      • jean2009

        Here is the report....http://democrats.oversight.house.gov/images/stories/minority_report_13112.pdf

        June 22, 2012 at 3:03 pm |
  4. RosAnn05

    It goes to show that Obama did have dealings and knowledge of fast and furious, or he wouldn't call on executive privilege to protect him. If they don't have something to hide, then what is the problem? Sounds like Obamagate to me

    June 21, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
    • Bob

      False interpretation.

      June 21, 2012 at 6:52 pm |
      • Pistoph

        Really? How so?

        June 22, 2012 at 4:43 am |
    • jean2009

      No, it sounds like a GOP vendetta over the Gonzales resignation.

      June 22, 2012 at 3:04 pm |
  5. B.

    This is yet another predicable attempt by the Republicans to discredit the President and his administration before the election.

    They will do Anything to destroy him and we all know why, as the constant disrespect goes on and on!

    June 21, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
    • NOvember 2012

      Looks to me like they (obama and mob) did this to themselves.

      June 21, 2012 at 6:50 pm |
    • Frank Marshall Davis

      If there's nothing to hide, then why not release everything?

      June 21, 2012 at 7:58 pm |
    • kevin

      Let's see...when Bush did it the dems cried he is hiding something. The spokekid Cary blamed Bush. Barrack Richard Milhouse Nixon Obama blames everyone else. Simple fact is no one in the White House or Justice has the guts to admit to and accept responsibility and assure the people it will be corrected and those who ran it will be dealt with.

      June 22, 2012 at 9:14 am |
      • John

        Bush did it 6 times – 4 of those were innappropriate and were over-turned by the courts. 1 was about boxer or briefs.
        Depending on whyObama did it, this one may be overturned. But it will take months.

        June 22, 2012 at 11:03 am |
  6. t ball

    Your president has discredited himself for three years, over and over. he does not need anyones assistance. He has plenty to hide and much to answer for.. A big difference between him and everyone else is he has the power to invoke executive priviledge. Even when that authority does not apply, he uses it anyway. When will the dumbocrat sheep see that he sees himself as an all powerful God. If he were God, he wouldn"t need all that security. He would not even need to burn more money in jet fuel for his multiple vacations than most eatn in a year.

    June 21, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  7. NOvember 2012

    oh my...this was holders problem and he drug obama into it...or just could be those 40,000 documents had obamas prints all over them...seems to me bo(or bad odor) is trying to cover his own behind.

    June 21, 2012 at 6:52 pm |
  8. Frank Marshall Davis

    Holder didn't want to be the fall guy, so he probably told Obama there might be a few more leaks unless he was shielded.

    June 21, 2012 at 7:57 pm |
  9. DEcember 2012



    June 21, 2012 at 7:58 pm |
    • jean2009

      I'm pretty sure you are going to be right about that.

      June 22, 2012 at 3:05 pm |
  10. Dee

    Issa is just trying to make a name for himself he has no respect for the office of the President, the President and the Attorney General of the US. He calls the President by his first name Barack and calls the Attorney General a liar. He thinks that he is powerful as the President but the big thing that is happening here is that these men feel threatened and think the President has taken their power and stronghold over the White House and DC, that they have held for years and they don't like it so they will do anyhing to take this President down. Also as they say take their country back.

    I am here to tell you that the voters have the last say and we hold the key to their paychecks and health insurance provided by the government.

    June 21, 2012 at 8:16 pm |
    • Pistoph

      That last sentence is quite dumb. Much like those who continue to give this Admin a pass, when they screamed about Bush for far less.

      I strongly disliked Bush...but this current bunch of clowns makes the Nixon Administration look like Eagle Scouts.

      June 22, 2012 at 4:51 am |
    • soapboxshrink

      Dee, Issa has no respect for the office of President??? He has more than the clown currently occupying it! I guess Issa should have the same respect as the other great Democratic President, Slick Willy Clinton. ANYBODY who runs for president is, to some degree, an egotist, but Obuma has taken it to a whole new level. He really believes that he is supreme leader, and that he can do anything. We haven't seen the last of his arrogance. He will do ANYTHING to win re-election, and I mean ANYTHING. Stand by to welcome your 51st state, Puerto Rico, and if that doesn't work, we may get to see the first presidential election in our country declared as invalid.

      June 22, 2012 at 8:45 am |
  11. Pistoph

    Nixon resigned over Watergate, and F&F is far worse.

    I don't see any Repubs or Conservatives giving Nixon a pass...but I see a ton of moonbats trying to trivialize this.

    June 22, 2012 at 6:13 am |
    • soapboxshrink

      I think Nixon got off extremely light. He too, should have been locked up, just as Obuma needs to be. By the way, like the handle!

      June 22, 2012 at 8:36 am |
    • Kool-Aid Police

      Lefties rationalize everything, take Ted Kennedy for example, he kills a girl, doesn't report it and gets off scott free. The lefties still adore and worship the guy. It doesn't matter what you do if you're a lefty, just come up with some new program that takes money from a productive sector of the economy and gives it to an unproductive group and you're forgiven of everything.

      June 22, 2012 at 1:37 pm |
  12. Free Man in the Republic of Texas

    You don't seem to understand who we are !!!

    We are The OBAMA Cartel

    We don't answer to NO stinkin "congress"...
    We will tell YOU what the law is... and YOU will like it.

    FORWARD To life on the government plantation !!!

    June 22, 2012 at 7:11 am |
    • jean2009


      June 22, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
      • Steveo

        One disgraced AG defending another and you're quoting teh liberal bashed Fox News to prove a liberal point? I need to learn how to laugh like December 2012!

        June 22, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
      • jean2009

        If I had used another source you would have called it liberal media...so there you go....listen and weep.
        Gonzales was actually AG during Wide Receiver.....humm!

        June 22, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  13. soapboxshrink

    DEcember, I bet you are one pale individual. Living in your momma's basement, trying to act intelligent on-line all day long, you probably don't ever get any exposure to sunlight. Maybe when you are at work, delivering pizzas on your bike, but otherwise, no. A suggestion: Turn CNN off, turn your Apple off, go outside, and see if the other kids will play with you. If you are lucky, you may find a scrimmage football game. After all, you already have your own helmet, right?

    June 22, 2012 at 8:34 am |
  14. SafeJourney3

    This comtempt charged is going to backfire on Issa, the Repubs and Boehner if this is continues. Just wait and see

    June 22, 2012 at 9:15 am |
    • Kool-Aid Police

      Actually that's all we can do, wait and see unless you have a time machine.

      June 22, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
  15. kevin

    It is what it is. This is what happens when one branch of government refuses to co-operate with another branch. All Holder had to do was met Issa and give him the whole story and jsut admitted to what happen. Could have kept it low key but when you play dumb and say it was that way when I got here and that is not true you just opened Pandora's box.

    June 22, 2012 at 9:34 am |
    • Pistoph

      What? A sensible, logical post? (I agree wholeheartedly)

      How dare you apply "logic and reason" to what is clearly an emotional situation! NOT FAIR!

      June 22, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
  16. donnie

    the repos will hold hearing from now untill the election on anything they think might put the president in a bad light. Meanwhile the economy is in the toilet and job numbers are down. Lets look at student loans,health care,job stimules. The repo party is out only for them selves and unforunatly the republicans all feel the same. Wait untill their own party screws them too. Forward 2012

    June 22, 2012 at 10:13 am |
  17. B.

    This is clearly part of the Republican agenda that started when Obama became President and is their admitted Number ONE goal of making him a one term President!

    Racism is alive and well in this country and augmented by the Republicans and their true leader and God, Rush Limbaugh, and Fox News.

    June 22, 2012 at 12:04 pm |
    • soapboxshrink

      B. Can I assume from your post that you are African-American? Let me assure you of something. I consider myself to be conservative, but I am NOT a Republican. Further, I have no use for Limbaugh or God. I dislike Obama because he has repeatedly, through his words and actions, disrespected our country, and our servicemen and women. I dislike him because he has spent 31/2 years bowing down to dictators, and alienating our friends. I dislike him because he has abused the authority of his office. NOT because he is black. I can perfectly voice my reasons for disliking him, yet you liberals standard response is that if someone doesn't like Obama, they are a racist. You liberals also played the race card when you were ramming the Health Care Act down the throats of a resistant America, by saying that those who opposed it were racists. When Holder was questioned about his actions, he played the race card, again saying that he was being attacked because he was black. So, in response to your statement; "Racism is alive and well in this country..." you are absolutely correct. It is alive and well, and growing in leaps and bounds, because you liberals insist on playing the race card at every opportunity. You, and the rest of these "eternal victims of prejudice" have set race relations back 50 years, so that you can divide and conquer. You are counting on the "us against them" mentality to rally the vote. Assuming that you are African-American, you should be ashamed. You, Obama, and the rest of the liberals, of all colors have managed to undo everything that MLK fought and died for. And why? So that he can further his own agenda of becoming the first emperor of the United States. But then, I am just some white, middle-class southern "cracker", so what do I know?

      June 22, 2012 at 12:35 pm |
    • C-Lo

      B.–is your last name Smith by any chance? If so, please add your last initial too so we know what is coming next!

      If you want to claim racism for every disagreement, then you and your ilk are just as, if not more guilty, for the vileness, smearing, hate filled rhetoric levied at Clarence Thomas, Condi Rice, Colin Powell, Marco Rubio...shall I go on? How many times have you and your Commerads uttered the term "Uncle Tom?"

      If you want to defend this president, then defend his actions and enlighten us with your vast knowledge as to why what he is doing makes this country better. If your only retort to criticism is crying "racism," then you truly have nothing to contribute–you are criticizing the messenger because you cannot attack the message.

      June 22, 2012 at 1:18 pm |
    • Kool-Aid Police

      Hey B. you're supposed to take the medication only as the Doctor prescribes it.

      June 22, 2012 at 1:32 pm |
      • jean2009

        How would you know you have been off yours for years.

        June 22, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
    • jean2009

      Read the report....
      I think B's last name is: B. Causeofbush.

      June 22, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
      • Steveo

        As in B Broke? Remind me again whose behind the wheel, I 'm not sure but I really thought Bush exited 3.5 years ago!

        June 22, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
      • jean2009

        Existed 3.5 years ago, but the country is still reeling from the stinking 8 year mess he left behind.


        June 22, 2012 at 5:45 pm |
  18. NightOwl2000

    Straight to the point: The USA was in great shape mostly when the Dems where controlling both the house and the senate and sometimes the presidency. Ever since FDR the middle class in the USA prospered, until the Republicans were elected to control the chambers of congress in the 1980’s, since then the country has gone down the hill for the middle class. The rich are making more money and the middle class continues to lose more money–that’s why we are in the mess we are in.

    I don’t blame the conservative rich who know how to play the game to make more money. It’s the conservative middle class (but mostly lower class) that nibbles at the dangling carrot the Republicans promise them every election. The reality is that the rich keep making millions of dollars in tax cuts, and the middle class gets pennies in cuts, while also losing out on all kinds of programs that were created specifically to benefit the middle class. I guess the pendulum has to swing all the way to the right before the middle class wakes up and realizes what they have done to themselves–once they do, the pendulum will start to swing back towards the middle. Good luck all, we are on a long ride…

    June 22, 2012 at 1:58 pm |
  19. Pistoph

    I have no love for the Republican'ts...but this program and it's consequences are the fault of the Obama Administration, period. To say otherwise is completely dishonest.
    People are dead, hundreds of them. Many are innocent women and children...because of willful and malicious misconduct by Holder, backed obviously by (or possibly on orders from) Obama (invoking Exec Privilege hints at this), and those who have lost loved ones because of this deserve the truth.

    June 22, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
    • jean2009

      Sorry but you would be wrong....

      June 22, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
      • Pistoph

        How does one crook covering for another change the facts here?

        F&F is Obama/Holder's love child. It resulted in deaths, and they are doing everything they can to suppress information on it.

        Come clean, and let the chips fall where they may? When Wide Receiver failed, it was shut down and documentation released.

        June 22, 2012 at 4:44 pm |