Contempt

June 28th, 2012
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Although both of Hawaii’s Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives derided Thursday’s vote to hold U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress as a political stunt, they split on how to demonstrate their objection to the process.

Holder became the first sitting Cabinet member held in contempt of Congress. The rebuke was pushed by Republicans seeking more information on a bungled gun-tracking operation known as “Operation Fast and Furious.”

The vote was 255-67, with more than 100 Democrats boycotting.

U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono chose to stay on the floor to vote against the resolution, while her colleague, U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa joined the House members who walked off the chamber floor in proest.

Said Hirono:

“Today, House Republicans staged a contemptuously-partisan vote on holding the Attorney General in contempt of Congress. This shameful vote was a blatant political ploy by Washington Republicans who say their number one goal for 2012 is to defeat President Obama, and I voted against it. The American people deserve better. Congress should be sharply focused on the everyday challenges facing Hawaii’s families, not wasting time and energy on this political shibai.”

Hanabusa called the House action “unfortunate,” adding:

“The leadership of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee has repeatedly turned away efforts to reach a reasonable accommodation on the issue and the investigation identified no evidence that the Attorney General or senior Department officials were aware of ‘gunwalking’ in Fast and Furious. By ignoring the facts and rebuffing the Justice Department’s efforts to reasonably provide the committee with the information it needs to reach a fair decision, the committee has forced the department to devote resources to this blatantly political stunt, instead of the department’s real mission of protecting American lives.”

Republicans cited Holder’s refusal to hand over — without any preconditions — documents that could explain why the Obama administration initially denied that a risky “gun-walking” investigative tactic was used in Operation Fast and Furious, which allowed hundreds of guns to be smuggled from Arizona to Mexico.

The vote on a criminal contempt resolution sent the matter to the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, who is under Holder.

A separate vote on civil contempt passed 258-95. It will allow the House to go to court in an effort to force Holder to turn over the documents.

In past cases, courts have been reluctant to settle disputes between the executive and legislative branches of government.


The Associated Press contributed to this post.

8 Responses to “Contempt”

  1. Goober:

    “U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono chose to stay on the floor to vote against the resolution, while her colleague, U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa joined more than 100 other House members who walked off the chamber floor in proest.”

    The more than 100 who walked off are “The Not so Fast and the Not so Furious” not to stay and vote. They are not loyal to the party, which may be good and bad, but they should have stayed and voted. That is the American way.

    Hirono says “The American people deserve better. Congress should be sharply focused on the everyday challenges facing Hawaii’s families, not wasting time and energy on this political shibai.” Yes, Hawaii and America!


  2. Kailuaboys:

    The family of the slain border patrolman deserve an explanation as to what happened with the gun program that released the guns that killed him. So do the American people. Why doesn’t Holder give up the information requested by Congress? The Democrats who walked out are irresponsible.


  3. Reality Based:

    Thank God for Holder, Hanabusa, Hirono, Akaka, and Inouye — Mexican drug gangs need more automatic weapons and Our Representatives are giving them what they need! I’ve never been prouder of Hawaii!


  4. Goober:

    No one blaming the CIA. How come? No Intelligence in reality to see what really goes on.

    Only four names mentioned out of hundreds. I never was proud of the Mainland.
    Many missionaries are from there. Come and preach.


  5. Goober:

    Holder represents Hawaii? Really?


  6. Reality Based:

    Holder represents Hawaii? Really?
    Yes. He was appointed by the Manoa-Liberal-in-Chief who heroically saved the Revolution by boldly crossing Manoa Creek in search of Choom


  7. Reality Based:

    Obama Crossing the Manoa
    http://u000172022.photoshelter.com/image/I0000cxeju4KL8Zk


  8. Goober:

    More like Fantasy Island and not “Reality Based”.

    Holder represents or is from Hawaii?
    Keep fantasizing. The Not so Fast and Not so Furious.


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