Holder found in contempt retreats to kooky statement about voter ID

Washington Times:
The House on Thursday cited Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. for contempt of Congress in a vote weighted with political significance — though it does little to break the stalemate over his decision to withhold documents over the Justice Department’s actions in a botched gun-walking operation.
The House voted 255-67 to hold him in criminal contempt in a vote that amounted to a political spanking for Mr. Holder and President Obama, underscored by the 17 Democrats who joined the GOP.
Most Democrats walked out of the vote in a protest led by the Congressional Black Caucus.
It marks the first time an attorney general has been held in contempt by a chamber of Congress.
“We’ve shown more than enough good faith, but the White House has chosen to invoke executive privilege. That leaves us no other options,” said House Speaker John A. Boehner. “The only recourse left for the House is to continue seeking the truth and to hold attorney general in contempt of Congress.”
Speaking in New Orleans after the vote, Mr. Holder called it “misguided and political” and said he ended the gun-walking program once he learned of it — though that was after guns involved were found at the site of a shootout that left a Border Patrol agent dead.
Mr. Holder said he thought Republicans were retaliating against him because he’s blocked voter-identification laws in Republican states....
Holder is going to lose on his voter ID battle, but he is also going to lose on the civil contempt motion.  The court is going to consider the House's case on the merits and not on some perceived argument over an extraneous matter.

It is too bad the Democrats for the most part reverted to tribal solidarity rather than a search for the truth about a scandal.


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