It's Official: Holder to Face Full House Contempt Vote Thursday

Katie Pavlich

6/26/2012 7:33:00 AM - Katie Pavlich

The House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on whether to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt on Thursday so long as Holder doesn't come forward with requested documents before then. Speaker John Boehner released a statement about the vote last week after the House of Representatives voted 23-17 in favor of contempt for Holder.

“Despite being given multiple opportunities to provide the documents necessary for Congress’ investigation into Fast and Furious, Attorney General Holder continues to stonewall.  Today, the Administration took the extraordinary step of exerting executive privilege over documents that the Attorney General had already agreed to provide to Congress.  Fast and Furious was a reckless operation that led to the death of an American border agent, and the American people deserve to know the facts to ensure that nothing like this ever happens again.  While we had hoped it would not come to this, unless the Attorney General reevaluates his choice and supplies the promised documents, the House will vote to hold him in contempt next week.  If, however, Attorney General Holder produces these documents prior to the scheduled vote, we will give the Oversight Committee an opportunity to review in hopes of resolving this issue.”

Chairman of the House Oversight Committee Darrell Issa expects a bipartisan vote on Thursday before the House breaks for the July 4 recess.