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Cooper Statement on Holder Contempt Vote


Location: Washington, DC

U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper (TN-05) issued the following statement today about the House resolution holding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress.

"I will vote against the contempt resolution concerning Attorney General Eric Holder.

"In my opinion, the House is rushing to judgment on this important issue. After hearing testimony and reviewing documents, I am not convinced a case has been made to hold an Attorney General in contempt for the first time in our nation's history. These are serious charges and I'm concerned that my colleagues will base their votes solely on the findings of a flawed investigation by the Oversight and Government Reform Committee. As a Blue Dog Democrat who has opposed both parties when I think they are wrong, I think Congress should wait for the Dept. of Justice's Inspector General report, which is nearing completion. The IG has had the opportunity to dig much deeper than the Committee has been able to, and is doing so in an apolitical fashion."

Rep. Cooper is a member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and voted against finding the Attorney General in contempt during a recent committee hearing.

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