Andy Barr, candidate for Congress in Kentucky's Sixth Congressional District, today urged U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler to vote in favor of a measure citing U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress. Attorney General Holder has failed to comply with a congressional subpoena for the production of documents. The requested documents relate to the "Fast and Furious" affair, wherein the U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives knowingly allowed the indirect sale of firearms to Mexican drug cartels. These weapons were later discovered at the scene of the murder of a U.S. Border Patrol Agent.
"The 'Fast and Furious' scandal offers a troubling insight into the Obama Administration's judgment and priorities," Barr said. "Regardless of the Administration's motives behind this ill-conceived program, Kentuckians deserve the truth from Eric Holder. When our own Justice Department floods Mexico with guns and one of our border patrol agents dies, the Attorney General has no business playing games with a legitimate congressional request for information.
"I urge Ben Chandler to stand with his constituents by voting to cite Eric Holder in contempt of Congress."