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Adams on Contempt Vote: "Holder Should Comply With Subpoena, Then Resign"


Location: Washington, DC

Representative Sandy Adams (FL-24) released the following statement regarding President Obama's invocation of Executive Privilege over the subpoenaed documents of Attorney General Eric Holder relating to the Fast and Furious investigation. As a member of the House Judiciary Committee, Adams has questioned Holder on two separate appearances before the committee about the investigation. Following yesterday's refusal to turn over the subpoenaed records to the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Holder was held in contempt of Congress by the committee today.

"The complete lack of cooperation by the Attorney General warrants direct action from the Congress, and I strongly support today's contempt vote. Congress is a co-equal branch of government and Executive Privilege does not extend to inter-department deliberations about law enforcement actions. The president's claim is nothing more than election year politics at its absolute worst. It is time for Attorney General Holder to comply with the subpoena, and then resign. Our nation's chief law enforcement officer has fully demonstrated that he is incapable of performing the position he was entrusted with.

"The American people and the Terry family deserve to know what happened, and I will continue to seek answers on their behalf. I look forward to holding Holder accountable when the House takes up the contempt resolution next week."

Last month, Adams and her freshmen colleagues on the Judiciary Committee sent a letter to Speaker Boehner requesting a contempt vote before the full House. In 2011, Adams also called for the Attorney General's resignation for his failure to comply with requests for subpoenaed documents relating to the ongoing Fast and Furious investigation.

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