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  • Eric Holder Found in Contempt of Congress

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    For the second time in two Democratic presidential terms, a Republican-controlled Congress has been burdened with the lamentable and unenviable need to publicly embarrass a high-ranking White House official with a congressional castigation

    For the first time in history, the House today held a sitting attorney general in contempt of Congress. The final vote, 255-67, reflected the absence of scores of Democrats who walked off the floor in protest rather than vote on whether Attorney General Eric Holder was in contempt…

    Speaker John Boehner said the contempt vote was necessary to defend Congress' constitutional oversight authority and get to the bottom of a botched gun-smuggling investigation that played a role in the death of a U.S. Border Patrol agent.

    "I don't take this matter lightly, and I frankly hoped it would never come to this. The House was focused on jobs and the economy. But no Justice Department is above the law," the Ohio Republican said on the House floor.

    My heart goes out to Speaker Boehner and all the Republican congresspeople who were forced to do this. And what are the odds? President Bill Clinton in 1999 and now Attorney General Eric Holder. I mean, what are the odds?!

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