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Amodei Votes to Hold AG Holder in Contempt of Congress


Location: Washington, DC

Congressman Mark Amodei (NV-2) today voted to hold the Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for refusal to comply with a subpoena duly issued by the committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Amodei released the following statement:

"Nevadans and Americans as a whole are searching for some shred of evidence that their federal government is accountable. When U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry and an estimated 200 Mexicans were murdered as a direct result of the 'Fast and Furious' gun-walking operation, the victims' families were left without any answers or explanations.

"During an appearance before the House Judiciary Committee, I asked Mr. Holder if he believes he leads from the front. He replied he does.

"Yet, by turning to President Obama to invoke executive privilege, Mr. Holder gives a very different answer. He does not lead from the front. He does not believe he is accountable. Not to Brian Terry's family, not to the Mexican victims, and not to the American people.

"Today's vote to hold Mr. Holder in contempt of Congress represents a small step toward regaining some sorely needed accountability."

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