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Democrats to Walk Out on Partisan Attempt to Hold Attorney General Eric Holder in Contempt

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Location: Washington, DC

Today Congresswoman Barbara Lee joined members of the Congressional Black, Hispanic, Asian Pacific American and Progressive Caucuses as well as other members of Congress who walked off the Floor of the House instead of voting on the partisan effort to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress.

"I cannot and will not participate in this hyper-partisan and purely political vote today to hold Attorney General in contempt of Congress.

"Contempt power should be used sparingly, carefully and only in the most egregious situations. The Attorney General has gone above and beyond in his response to request for information on "Fast and Furious", an unfortunate operation that began under the Bush Administration and, in fact, was terminated by Attorney General Holder. This contempt vote is unprecedented, unwarranted and entirely unnecessary. Gandhi once said that "Non-cooperation with evil is as much a duty as cooperation with good.' That is why I am standing with so many of my colleagues in refusing to participate in this shameful Republican political stunt."


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