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Quayle Commends Oversight Committee Contempt Vote Against Holder


Location: Washington, DC

Congressman Ben Quayle released the following statement after President Obama invoked Executive Privilege to block the release of Justice Department Documents related to "Operation Fast and Furious" and the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform voted to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress.

"After more than a year of dodging, delaying and obfuscating, the Obama Administration has run out of ways to avoid accountability for the tragic "Operation Fast and Furious". Instead of doing the right thing and producing subpoenaed documents, the Obama Administration has chosen to invoke Executive Privilege in yet another improper assertion of Presidential authority.

"I have called on House leadership to hold a contempt of Congress vote for weeks. The actions of Attorney General Holder and the Obama Administration on "Fast and Furious" are disgraceful, and consequences are needed for such arrogant obstruction of a legitimate Congressional investigation. I commend Chairman Issa, and the Oversight Committee for voting to hold Attorney General Holder in contempt, and I again call on House leadership to hold an immediate vote of the whole House on a contempt resolution."

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