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Darrell Issa On Holder Contempt: 'This Was Not The Outcome I Had Sought'

Rep. Darrell Issa, who represents Lake Elsinore, was the primary figure behind Thursday's historic vote that put Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress.

was spotlighted again Thursday when the Republican-led House voted along party lines to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress.

It is the first time in history an attorney general has been held in contempt.

National Public Radio reported that droves of Democratic lawmakers protested today’s vote by walking out of House chambers.

The vote follows a June 20 decision by the GOP-controlled House Oversight and Government Reform Committee -- which is chaired by Issa, who represents Lake Elsinore. On that day, the committee voted to recommend holding the attorney general in contempt of the committee after the Obama administration, citing executive privilege for the first time, refused to turn over certain documents pertaining to

To decide what comes next, the criminal contempt charge is being referred to the U.S. Attorney in the District of Columbia – Holder’s own Justice Department.

In a separate measure today, the House also voted to give Issa's committee the authorization to sue the Department of Justice in federal court in an effort to enforce their subpoena seeking the documents.

As NPR reported today, Attorney General Eric Holder called the House vote "unfortunate" and "politically motivated."

"Today's vote is the regrettable culmination of what has become a misguided and politically motivated investigation during an election year," Holder said in a televised statement. "By advancing this over the past year and a half, Congressman Issa and others have focused on politics over public safety."

“Holder said that when the flawed Fast and Furious tactics came to light, he took action, ordering the tactics stopped and ordering an investigation. He said Issa and Republicans in Congress have rebuffed his attempts to bring this to a resolution without a contempt vote,” NPR reported.

Issa issued a statement today that read in part, “This was not the outcome I had sought and it could have been avoided had Attorney General Holder actually produced the subpoenaed documents he said he could provide."

Tonto July 02, 2012 at 01:13 AM
Just send in the tanks and Homeland Security. They will shut that pesky Issa up :(
Antonio July 12, 2012 at 04:45 PM
Yesterday Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed a complaint against Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) for violating the federal wiretapping law in his Fast and Furious witch hunt. Under the law, applications for wiretap warrants are sealed and can’t be disclosed without a court’s permission. Violating the law can land you in contempt. Rep. Issa wanted to disclose the information, but not face prosecution for doing it. So, instead of giving the documents to the media, he inserted excerpts into the Congressional Record and then told reporters where to look. This was an obvious attempt to shield his illegal conduct behind the Constitution’s Speech or Debate Clause. That’s why CREW filed a complaint with the Office of Congressional Ethics. Even if Rep. Issa is never prosecuted for his outrageous conduct, he is subject to discipline by the House. You can read CREW letters to the Office of Congressional Ethics and the Department of Justice at http://www.citizensforethics.org/.
Antonio July 12, 2012 at 04:47 PM
Right, these include charges but never prosecuted for insurance fraud by reporting his mercedes benz stolen then trying to sell it.
Antonio July 12, 2012 at 04:49 PM
The facts don't matter to empty heads like, Roberto, Tonto, AG, etc. aka: right wing nut jobs.
Antonio July 12, 2012 at 04:53 PM
Definition of Conservative: Afraid of progress, unforgiving to the point of mean-spirited, pro-wealthy, anti-consumer, anti-middle class, anti-environment, lacks faith in humanity, embraces a culture of corruption, anti-government. I'm glad I don't label myself a conservative.

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