Today, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform voted to hold the Attorney General of the United States, Eric Holder, in contempt of Congress. This vote came shortly after the Deputy Attorney General sent a letter to the Oversight Committee detailing the President's assertion of executive privilege over Fast and Furious documents. Congressman Blake Farenthold (TX-27) made the following statement in reaction to the contempt of Congress vote:
"Attorney General Holder has consistently refused to comply with the Oversight investigation into Operation Fast and Furious, leaving the Committee with no option but to hold him in contempt. This investigation began as a bi-partisan effort. Now, in order to protect a political appointee, the issue has become divided along party lines, with a last ditch executive privilege notice coming from the President mere minutes before the hearing was to begin.
"From this investigation we see a culture of stonewalling rampant in the Justice Department that has known for months what documents are necessary to avoid these contempt proceedings. This Committee has a constitutionally-mandated duty to conduct oversight and get answers to all those who have lost loved ones in this botched operation. As I have said before, the cover-up is what will get you in the end as the American public will not tolerate being lied to.