Today Congressman Joe Walsh (IL-8) voted in a bipartisan manner to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for not cooperating with an October 12, 2011 subpoena. After more than a year of investigating Operation Fast and Furious, the Department of Justice has failed to produce numerous subpoenaed documents to the committee.
"I do not take this action lightly, and I think it is regretful that it has reached this point," said Walsh. "Questions have been dodged and left unanswered for way too long. Attorney General Holder's lack of cooperation, accountability, and concern in this investigation is unacceptable. The bottom line is that many lives were lost -- on both sides of the border. Today's vote brings us one step closer to providing answers to Brian Terry's family and the American people."
In November, Walsh led a letter with 39 of his colleagues calling for Attorney General Holder's immediate resignation. Recently, Walsh urged Chairman Darrell Issa to hold Attorney General Holder in contempt for his failure to comply with the October 2011 subpoena. Last week Walsh voted with the Oversight and Government Reform Committee to hold Attorney General Holder in contempt. The committee passed the contempt citation by a vote of 23-17.