U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder was found by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to be in contempt of Congress by a vote of 23 to 17, a floor vote is expected next week. The basis for the contempt citation is the failure to produce documents relating to the congressional investigation of Fast and Furious. At the eleventh hour, minutes before the Committee met for the vote of contempt, President Obama invoked Executive Privilege over the documents, which were subpoenaed to uncover the Department's withholding of evidence, intimidation of whistleblowers and hindering of a congressional investigation. Which now poses the question of why the White House is hiding the details of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry's death. Today's claim of Executive Privilege by the White House raises serious questions as to the extent of its involvement in either Fast and Furious or the misleading of Congress.
Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo) released the following statement in response to Wednesday's events:
"Today's actions from the White House add a layer of confusion and intrigue to the situation," Rep. Lummis said. "What did the White House know and why did they choose today to express their exertion of executive privilege? With the full House having not yet scheduled a vote on contempt, Mr. Holder still has an opportunity to avoid contempt by finally coming clean with Congress, with the American people, and with the Terry family. It is my hope Mr. Holder works with Congress to avoid the full House vote."