Political Headlines June 29, 2012: Justice Department Won’t Prosecute Attorney General Eric Holder for Contempt

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Justice Department Won’t Prosecute Holder for Contempt

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After Congress found the nation’s top law enforcement officer in contempt Thursday, the Department of Justice quickly wrote a letter to House Speaker John Boehner informing him that it will not prosecute U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder for withholding documents in a congressional investigation of the Fast and Furious gun walking operation.

“The longstanding position of the Department of Justice has been and remains that we will not prosecute an Executive Branch official under the contempt of Congress statute for withholding subpoenaed documents pursuant to a presidential assertion of executive privilege,” James M. Cole, the deputy attorney general, wrote in a letter dated June 28 and addressed to the Speaker.

The House voted Thursday to pass a resolution which, for the first time in U.S. history, found a sitting U.S. attorney general in criminal contempt of Congress….READ MORE

Political Headlines June 28, 2012: House of Representatives Holds Attorney General Eric Holder in Contempt Over Operation Fast & Furious in 255-67 Vote

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IN FOCUS: HOUSE HOLDS ATTORNEY GENERAL HOLDER IN CONTEMPT OVER FAST & FURIOUS IN A 255-67 VOTE

House holds Attorney General Holder in contempt

Source: WaPo, 6-28-12
The House of Representatives voted 255 to 67 to make Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. the first sitting attorney general in U.S. history to be held in contempt of Congress for withholding documents requested as part of a congressional investigation into Operation “Fast and Furious.”…READ MORE

Holder Found in Contempt of Congress Over Gun Inquiry

Source: NYT, 6-28-12

The House voted to hold Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. in contempt for failing to disclose internal Justice Department documents in response to a subpoena….READ MORE

Political Headlines June 20, 2012: House Oversight Committee Recommends Holding Attorney General Eric Holder in Contempt of Congress Over Fast & Furious Scandal

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OBAMA PRESIDENCY & THE 112TH CONGRESS:

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IN FOCUS: HOUSE COMMITTEE RECOMMENDS HOLDING ATTORNEY GENERAL ERIC H. HOLDER IN CONTEMPT OF CONGRESS OVER THE SCANDAL

House Committee Votes Eric Holder in Contempt of Congress: A congressional committee voted today to find Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for failing to provide documents to congressional investigators from the Fast and Furious gun walking operation. Earlier this morning, the White House invoked executive privilege over the documents the committee subpoenaed more than eight months ago.
In a strictly party-line vote, the House committee on Oversight and Government Reform approved the citation 23 to 17, sending it on to the full House for future consideration as early as next week. Holder is not actually in contempt of Congress unless the full House approves the resolution, but he would become the first U.S. attorney general held in contempt of Congress if the vote passes…. – ABC News Radio, 6-20-12

Recommends Contempt Case Against Holder: Republicans on a House committee backed holding Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. in contempt of Congress in a dispute over documents tied to a botched gun trafficking operation…. – NYT, 6-20-12

 

  • House panel votes to cite Holder for contempt of Congress: A House oversight committee voted Wednesday to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt, marking an escalation of the long-running dispute between Republicans and the Justice Department over internal administration documents related … USA Today, 6-20-12
  • Holder found in contempt of Congress by House Oversight Committee: The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform voted to find Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. in contempt of Congress for failing to provide subpoenaed documents in the flawed Fast and Furious gun-tracking case, just hours after…. – LAT, 6-20-12
  • Fast and Furious scandal: House panel votes to hold Eric Holder in contempt: A House panel voted Wednesday to hold Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. in contempt for failing to cooperate with a congressional inquiry into Operation “Fast and Furious,” hours after President Obama asserted executive privilege over related…. – WaPo, 6-20-12
  • House committee holds AG Holder in contempt: A House committee has voted to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for failing to turn over Justice Department documents. The straight party-line vote was 23-17. The vote followed a decision by President Barack Obama…. – Boston.com, 6-20-12
  • House Republicans vote to cite Holder for contempt in ‘Fast and Furious’ scandal: A House committee voted Wednesday along party lines to cite Attorney General Eric Holder for contempt, capping a mounting and contentious fight between congressional Republicans and the Obama … msnbc.com, 6-20-12
  • House panel finds Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt: A year-and-a-half long investigation into a botched gun trafficking program culminated Wednesday with the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee holding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress…. – CBS News, 6-20-12
  • House Panel Votes To Hold Holder in Contempt: A House committee voted to sanction Attorney General Eric Holder with contempt of Congress, escalating a standoff between Republicans and the Obama administration over documents about a botched gun-trafficking operation…. – WSJ, 6-20-12
  • House panel recommends Holder contempt citation: Voting on strictly partisan lines, a House committee recommended Wednesday that Attorney General Eric Holder be cited for contempt of Congress for failing to turn over documents relating to the botched Fast and Furious weapons sting…. – CNN, 6-20-12

Political Headlines June 20, 2012: President Barack Obama Invokes Executive Privilege Over Fast and Furious Documents in Attempt to Stall Atoorney General Eric Holder Contempt of Congress Vote

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IN FOCUS: PRESIDENT OBAMA INVOKES EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE OVER FAST AND FURIOUS DOCUMENTS IN ATTEMPT TO STALL HOLDER CONTEMPT VOTE

  • White House Invokes Executive Privilege on ‘Fast and Furious’ Docs: The White House has invoked executive privilege over documents at the center of the stand-off between Attorney General Eric Holder and Rep. Darrell Issa, the Republican chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee investigating the Justice Department’s “Fast and Furious” program.
    “The President has asserted executive privilege over the relevant post-February 4, 2011, documents,” deputy attorney general James Cole wrote Issa this morning.
    “We regret that we have arrived at this point, after the many steps we have taken to address the Committee’s concerns and to accommodate the Committee’s legitimate oversight interests regarding Operation Fast and Furious.”
    The move comes ahead of an expected committee vote on whether to put Holder in contempt of Congress for refusing to turn over the documents. It is the first time President Obama has asserted executive privilege in a dispute with Congress…. – ABC News Radio, 6-20-12
  • President Asserts Executive Privilege in Bid to Forestall Contempt Vote: President Obama on Wednesday invoked executive privilege to withhold from a Congressional oversight committee some documents and communications among his advisers regarding the failed gun enforcement operation known as “Fast and Furious”…. – NYT, 6-20-12
  • Obama invokes executive privilege to protect Eric Holder: Can he do that?: Just minutes before Congress began preparing a contempt vote against Eric Holder, Obama raised the stakes in the long-running conflict over the botched ‘Fast and Furious’ gun-walking affair by claiming executive privilege to keep tens of thousands of emails secret….. – CS Monitor, 6-20-12
  • Obama exerts executive privilege over Fast and Furious documents: President Obama asserted executive privilege over documents related to the “Fast and Furious” operation Wednesday as a House panel moved to hold Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. in contempt after he failed to hand over the documents related to a congressional inquiry into the scandal…. – WaPo, 6-20-12
  • Obama Asserts Executive Privilege in Gun-Trafficking Rift: President Barack Obama asserted executive privilege for the first time Wednesday, escalating a fight with congressional Republicans over documents about a gun-trafficking probe. The White House asserted executive privilege over…. – WSJ, 6-20-12
  • Obama invokes executive privilege over Fast and Furious documents: President Obama asserted executive privilege Wednesday over contested documents in the Fast and Furious scandal…. – LAT, 6-20-12
  • Obama invokes executive privilege to stall Holder contempt vote: In a mounting confrontation with congressional Republicans, President Barack Obama invoked executive privilege Wednesday to withhold documents a House committee is seeking. The panel neared a vote on citing Attorney General Eric Holder for…. – NY Daily News, 6-20-12
  • What happens if panel cites Holder for contempt?: The House Oversight Committee is considering a contempt measure against Attorney General Eric Holder over documents sought by the panel investigating the botched gun-running sting called Operation Fast and Furious… – CNN, 6-20-12
  • Issa pushes ahead with Holder contempt vote despite Obama intervention: Rep. Darrell Issa pressed ahead with a committee vote Wednesday to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress, despite an eleventh-hour move by President Obama to exert executive privilege over the Fast and Furious documents at the heart…. – Fox News, 6-20-12
  • Likelihood of contempt vote against Holder rises: A House committee is poised to vote on whether to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for failing to turn over more Justice Department documents on a flawed gun-smuggling probe that resulted in hundreds of guns illicitly purchased in Arizona gun shops winding up in Mexico….. – AP, 6-20-12
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