Today, Rep. K. Michael Conaway made the following statement after the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform voted to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for his refusal to turn over documents related to the Fast and Furious scandal.
"In a democracy, questions and investigations serve as a powerful tool. To that end, Congress is empowered to subpoena the people and records that it needs to enact laws and institute reforms.
"As the chief decision maker at the Department of Justice, Mr. Holder's principal duties are to ensure DOJ enforces the law and defends the interests of the United States. Among those responsibilities, he is accountable to Congress for all the decisions and actions made within his department's purview.
"However, based on his refusal to turn over the documents Congress has asked for, it is clear that Mr. Holder believes this obligation to be optional.
"It is not.
"For too long, this Administration has left crucial questions about who knew what and when unanswered. Attorney General Holder's refusal to produce these documents and the President Obama's 11th hour cry of Executive Privilege are not acceptable responses to legitimate Congressional subpoenas.
"Mr. Holder and this entire Administration have an obligation to the Public and Congress to be truthful about the Fast and Furious Program and I will support continued efforts that leads us to that truth."