Today, Congressman Mike Turner released the following statement upon the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee approving a report holding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for his failure to produce documents specified in the Committee's October 12, 2011 subpoena. Turner is a senior member of the committee which has broad oversight and investigational responsibility.
"It is unfortunate that the Committee had to take this action today. Attorney General Holder was given a number of opportunities to provide documents which could shed light on the Justice Department operation which lead to the murder of a federal law enforcement officer. Taxpayers and Congress alike have been stonewalled by the Attorney General in our efforts to bring transparency to the executive department responsible for law enforcement. Today's vote is a signal that transparency and accountability as a federal office holder are requirements of the position, not options. As the full House has yet to approve the resolution, there is still time for the Attorney General to act. I encourage him to do so."