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Ros-Lehtinen says she backs Holder contempt vote

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Miami, said she backs fellow House Republicans in their effort to subpoena Attorney General Eric Holder.

The Oversight and Government Reform Committee may vote next week to hold Holder in contempt of Congress for refusing to provide subpoenaed documents in what's known as the "Fast and Furious" gun operation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

The vote is scheduled for next Wednesday. (Ros-Lehtinen is not on the committee.)

Here's her statement: "I support the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s vote to hold Attorney General Holder in contempt of Congress.  Mr. Holder has not been forthcoming nor cooperative in the Committee’s efforts to find out what exactly occurred with the disastrous ‘Fast and Furious’ program that put guns in the hands of Mexican drug cartels.

‘Fast and Furious’ also led to the death of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry who was killed by a weapon lost in this failed operation. His family is looking for justice to be served and asking for those responsible to be held accountable.

Mr. Holder continues to stonewall Congress about this operation. This is a serious charge, and the Justice Department must come clean."


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How easy it is to forget or act like history never happened. The contempt citation and call for resignation target Holder's alleged failures to be forthcoming with documents and testimony in the case of "Fast and Furious." That's the program of the Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives bureau that allowed smuggled guns to "walk," that is, to be transferred to low-level members of Mexican drug cartels in hopes that they would lead to indictments of higher-level individuals. The program began at the federal level in 2006 as "Wide Receiver" under Attorney General Alberto Gonzales as part of Project Gunrunner. I guess one Texan won't really call out the other Texan, will they?


You know what I love about Republicans, they only care about the rule of law when someone else is occupies the White House. You couldn't get a single GOP member to look at a thing in the Justice Department during the last administration when not just Alberto Gonzalez, but when Michael Mukasey refused to enforce "obstruction of justice" against government employees who refused to respond to a Congressional subpoena, He refused to investigate the justification for the torture memos, and refused to investigate violations of the Hatch act related to the Department of Justice under Gonzalez.

In fact, the GOP impeached Clinton just before Christmas in 1997, but steadfastly refused to even EXAMINE issues of illegality in the Bush White House. That makes it very hard to support anything the GOP does when they do decide to investigate someone.

Karen Wil

This congresswoman supports finding Mr Holder in contempt but where does her cuban rear stand on the voter purge targeting cuban-americans & hispanics in general for intimidation. The party that she is a member of is rapidly becoming more & more like the Castro regime in cuba ... Will you support holding Rick Scott accountable for his racist policies? ... Open your eyes, Ros, before your cuban female self becomes a victim of the sexist, racist, & fascist policies of the GOP ...

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