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Mulvaney Releases Statement on Holding Attorney General Eric Holder in Contempt


Location: Washington, DC

Congressman Mick Mulvaney released the following statement today regarding the decision by a House committee to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress:

"A House committee voted today to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for failing to cooperate with the ongoing investigation of the Fast and Furious gun-running scheme. The contempt finding relates not to the allegations surrounding Fast and Furious itself, but instead to the failure by the Department of Justice to provide relevant documents to Congress as part of the ongoing inquiry.

No self-respecting member of the Department of Justice would have accepted Mr. Holder's response to the Congressional request for documents -- for them to expect Congress to do so is reprehensible. The failure to produce the documents, despite numerous opportunities, justifies no other outcome than contempt.

While I had hoped it would not come to this, I strongly agree with the decision to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt. I hope the takeaway from this process is that no federal agency -- under any Administration, Republican or Democrat -- can be allowed to ignore the law. This is doubly true for the Department of Justice."

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