Statement from Congressman Hinojosa on Democratic Walkout to oppose contempt charges against U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder:
"U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has accommodated the Congressional Committee's requests for information above and beyond what is needed. There is no doubt in my mind that this is a politically driven "witch hunt" and that Congressional members who voted to hold our U.S. Attorney General in contempt are simply out of line and are not basing their decisions and their attacks on facts, but rather on politics."
* Over the past 15 months, Attorney General Eric Holder and the Department of Justice have cooperated with the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform's requests for information on "Fast and Furious.
* The Department has made extraordinary efforts to accommodate Congress by turning over almost 8,000 documents--including all the documents that relate to the tactics in this investigation and the other flawed investigations that occurred in Arizona during the Bush Administration.
* The Attorney General also participated in a bicameral meeting in a good faith effort to satisfy the Committee's information requests.
* While the Attorney General has advised House Republicans that he is willing to work with them in attempting to reach an agreement, the Republican Leadership is instead rushing recklessly to a contempt vote.
* Contempt power should be used sparingly, carefully and only in the most egregious situations.
* The Republican Leadership has articulated no legislative purpose for pursuing this course of action.
* In its history, the United States House of Representatives has never held a United States Attorney General, or any other Cabinet official, in contempt.
* For these reasons we cannot and will not participate in a vote to hold the Attorney General in contempt.