17 Democrats join the GOP in voting for Attorney General Eric Holder in Contempt of Congress
The House has voted to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress over his failure to turn over documents related to the Fast and Furious scandal, the first time Congress has taken such a dramatic move against a sitting Cabinet official.
The vote was 255-67, with 17 Democrats voting in support of a criminal contempt resolution, which authorizes Republicans leaders to seek criminal charges against Holder. This Democratic support came despite a round of behind-the-scenes lobbying by senior White House and Justice officials – as well as pressure from party leaders – to support Holder.
The vote was bipartisan, with 17 Democrats joining Republicans to vote for the resolution against Holder.
The vote took place after more than an hour of floor debates, as Democrats accused Republicans of shameless partisanship and political theatrics. When debates ended, the bulk of House Democrats staged a walk out of the role call vote, with Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer leading the charge.