-The US House of Representatives placed
Obama's Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress by a
255-67 vote today, for refusal to comply with a Congressional
subpoena of documents related to "Operation Fast and Furious," an
operation through which the US Bureau of of Alcohol, Tobacco and
Firearms, under Eric Holder's Department of Justice, delivered
hundreds, or more likely thousands of high-powered US assault
weapons to the Mexican drug cartels, resulting in the deaths of
one to two US law enforcement agents, and hundreds of Mexicans.
Seventeen Democrats voted in favor of a criminal contempt
resolution. This Democratic support came despite a round of
behind-the-scenes lobbying by senior White House and Justice
officials - as well as pressure from party leaders including a
walkout from the House - all to support Holder, Politico
Holder is the first Cabinet officer ever to be held in
contempt of Congress in US history.." Never has
any Attorney General been so contemptuous of Congress, Rep.
Labrador (R-ID) noted during the debate.
Only two Republicans voted "no" on the measure, while 65
Democrats recorded "no" votes and 108 Democrats didn't cast
votes. Most of the latter had demonstratively walked out before
the vote, on orders from the Democratic leadership.
Democrats voting for the resolution were Reps. Jason Altmire
(Pa.), John Barrow (Ga.), Dan Boren (Okla.), Leonard Boswell
(Iowa), Ben Chandler (Ky.), Mark Critz (Pa.), Joe Donnelly
(Ind.), Kathy Hochul (N.Y.), Ron Kind (Wis.), Larry Kissell
(N.C.), Jim Matheson (Utah), Mike McIntyre (N.C.), Bill Owens
(N.Y.), Collin Peterson (Minn.), Nick Rahall (W.Va.), Mike Ross
(Ark.), and Tim Walz (Minn.). Many of these are quite open about
their opposition to Obama. Some are planning not to attend the Democratic Presidential Convention in Charlotte, N.C.