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Aderholt Statement on House Contempt Vote for Attorney General Eric Holder


Location: Washington, DC

Congressman Robert Aderholt (AL-04), today released the following statement after the House of Representatives voted on a resolution recommending that the House of Representatives find Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for refusing to comply with a subpoena from the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform for documents related to Operation Fast and Furious. The measure passed by a vote of 255-67.

"Attorney General Holder and the Department of Justice were given multiple opportunities to comply with the law and provide the subpoenaed information to Congress--opportunities they opted not to take" said Aderholt. "The Attorney General left Congress little choice but to take this vote today."

"For nearly a year and a half Congress' investigation has sought to find the truth and ensure accountability for what occurred in Operation Fast and Furious. Similar predecessor programs were determined to be too dangerous and were cancelled by the Bush Administration. However, under Attorney General Holder, Operation Fast and Furious was created and the Department of Justice lost track of approximately 2000 weapons, including assault weapons. For 10 months, the DOJ concealed the truth and refused to answer Congress' direct questions in an attempt to cover-up the Department's wrongdoing."

"This contempt vote is not a Republican versus Democrat measure but instead Congress holding the Executive branch accountable and trying to find real answers. Indeed, this is not a partisan action but a constitutional obligation," concluded Aderholt.

Aderholt currently serves as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Homeland Security for the powerful House Appropriations Committee, is a member of the Committee's Commerce, Justice and Science; and Agriculture Subcommittees, and also serves on the Helsinki Commission.

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