The House of Representatives has passed a resolution holding Attorney General Eric Holder in criminal contempt of Congress. The vote was 255-67, with one member voting “present.”
FOX News Radio’s Rich Johnson reports from Washington:
The not-so-full House approved the contempt citation against Eric Holder; not-so-full because nearly every Democrat walked out of the Chamber, blasting Republicans.
(Pelosi) “What they’re bringing to the floor is false, beneath the dignity of debate on the floor of the House.”
Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. Some did stay to vote no, but 17 Democrats voted for the contempt citation. The White House now calls that contempt vote “a political stunt.”
Editor’s Note: Two Republicans voted against the resolution. Attorney General Holder is the first sitting Cabinet member to be held in contempt. A majority of Democrats, including Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, walked off the floor in protest during the vote. Only 83 out of 191 Democrats cast votes at all on the resolution.
The contempt resolution was brought against the Attorney General for failing to comply with a subpoena for documents related to “Operation Fast and Furious”; the failed gun-walking program along the U.S. – Mexico border.
The House also passed a civil contempt resolution – a second contempt citation – in a 258-95 (+5 “present”) vote.
WATCH Attorney General Holder’s statement of the contempt vote HERE:
The family of Brian Terry, the Border Patrol agent shot & killed by Mexican drug cartel bandits using guns from the “Fast and Furious” operation, released the following statement after the contempt vote:
“The Terry family takes no pleasure in the contempt vote against Attorney General Eric Holder. Such a vote should not have been necessary. The Justice department should have released the documents related to Fast and Furious months ago.
“Eric Holder’s refusal to do so and President Obama’s assertion of executive privilege have stood in the way of justice and the answers we seek into the death of fallen Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.
“Given the Obama Administration’s steadfast refusal to level with the American people, Congress was left with no choice but to vote Mr. Holder in contempt.”