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Hank's statement on the Republican contempt vote against Attorney General Eric Holder

Press Release

Location: Washington, DC

Democrat Hank Johnson (GA-04) released the following statement today after he joined members of the Congressional Black Caucus and many in Democratic Caucus who walked off the floor, refusing to participate in the Republican vote to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress:

"As long as the Justice Department continues to act in good faith to comply with the subpoena, a contempt citation is unenforceable as a matter of law. This contempt vote is a waste of time. Given the Department's track record of compliance, no federal court in the country would enforce it.

"This is about one thing and one thing only -- politics. The Republicans want to embarrass the President, his Administration, and most importantly, tarnish his legacy. It's not okay to gang up on the president, plant fishing expeditions to smear his name, and try to devise his downfall.

"The thought of this contempt motion sickens my stomach."

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