Jun 20, 2012

Washington, DC (June 20, 2012) Congressman Steve Pearce released the following statement after today’s vote by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to hold U.S. Attorney General Er Holder in contempt of Congress:

“It’s a sad day in America when the Attorney General of the United States thinks he is above the law. It shouldn’t have come to Congress voting to hold the Attorney General in contempt, but Mr. Holder is leaving no alternative. He is more concerned with covering up his or high-ranking DOJ officials’ involvement in the Fast and Furious scandal than letting the truth come out.

“The American people deserve the answers that are found in the documents that Mr. Holder refuses to turn over to investigators. Next week, the full House will finally get a chance to weigh in on this issue. I will vote in favor of the contempt resolution holding Mr. Holder accountable for obstructing a legitimate investigation.”

Today, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform voted 23-17 to hold U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for his failure to produce subpoenaed documents related to Operation Fast and Furious. Operation Fast and Furious was a program implemented by the Obama Administration in which the Department of Justice allowed weapons, including AK-47 variants, to “walk” into Mexico without being traced. Some of the weapons are now in the hands of drug cartels, and were used to kill hundreds of innocent Mexican citizens and US Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.