Rep. Harris on Bipartisan Vote Finding Attorney General Holder in Contempt of Congress

From the office of Congressman Andy Harris:

In a bipartisan vote, the House of Representatives held U.S. Attorney General Holder in contempt of Congress for refusing to provide any documents that the Department of Justice previously indicated it could and would produce. It took the Department of Justice ten months to admit that their February 2011 denial to Congress of reckless conduct was false. In addition, the Wall Street Journal has reported that the government official whose office led Operation Fast and Furious may face criminal charges for leaking sensitive information in an attempt to smear a whistleblower.

“Since the White House is now refusing to even negotiate with Congressional leaders to provide information to Congress, this contempt vote unfortunately became necessary,” said Rep. Andy Harris. “The American people and slain Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry’s family are entitled to receive the answers they deserve about what went wrong with this reckless operation.”


  1. MacG says

    How is a vote along party lines considered bipartisan? With this type of analysis maybe it is time that we elect a Congressman that understands the English language and understands how Democracy works, by compromise and agreement. We should take the Congressman that believes party line votes are equal to bipartisan votes and get rid of him just like we should get rid of the titular head of the Republican Party, Rush Limbaugh.

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  2. Bruce O'H. says

    It was a bipartisan vote because there were principled Democrats who voted for the contempt charge. Despite their Party defending the indefensible.
    Anyone who is NOT for this contempt charge is either ignorant of the facts or partisan to the point of overlooking the facts of the entire case.

    This did not have to be occurring at this point, so close to the election. Congress has been trying to get the info for EIGHTEEN months.
    Holder personally has lied to them, and been proven to be lying by since released documents, and stonewalled for all of that time.

    If you’re so sure that Holder is being victimized, contact his office and urge him to produce the documents that will vindicate him.
    He won’t, because such documents do not exist.

    If you’re not familiar with the particulars, here’s an excellent article that will bring you up to speed on “Fast and Furious”.

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  3. ALEX R says

    It’s bipartisan when representatives of BOTH parties vote to hold him in contempt. Which is what the did. Maybe you could do a little research and see which Democrats voted to hold him in contempt before you make yourself look silly.

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    • Mike Welsh says

      True. 21 Democrats voted yea, to hold the Attorney General in contempt. 108 Democrats walked out and did not vote. Some of them were our representatives from Maryland who chose not to fulfill their constitutional duty. They could have at least voted no.

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      • ALEX R says

        Well, Mike, that’s Maryland.

        Of course there is always the possibility that they did not want it recorded that they chose to vote in support of him, having an inkling of what might come. After all, at least one gun confiscated by the US government ‘mysteriously’ ended up back in Mexico and was used subsequently to kill one of our own law enforcement officers.

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      • Mike Welsh says


        Yes, I’m sure they really know what is in the requested documents, and its not good. When it does finally come out, (and it will) they don’t want to be on record as being in support of Holder. But that’s the job they were elected to do, and they should do it, not walk away.

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  4. ALEX R says

    In addition to 108 Democrats present who did not vote in support for Holder the Democrats below voted to hold him in contempt. Why would 108 plus 17 Democrats fail to support their own Attorney General?

    Reps. Jason Altmire (Pa.), John Barrow (Ga.), Dan Boren (Okla.), Leonard Boswell (Iowa), Ben Chandler (Ky.), Mark Critz (Pa.), Joe Donnelly (Ind.), Kathy Hochul (N.Y.), Ron Kind (Wis.), Larry Kissell (N.C.), Jim Matheson (Utah), Mike McIntyre (N.C.), Bill Owens (N.Y.), Collin Peterson (Minn.), Nick Rahall (W.Va.), Mike Ross (Ark.) and Tim Walz (Minn.).

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  5. snsd says

    Our political system is such a mess. All either party looks to do is smear the other side. No one actually cares about the future of our nation anymore, just the security of their cushy DC jobs. The time for a two-party system needs to end.

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    • Taxpayer says

      An attempt to hold the AG accountable is exactly what they should be doing. Hundreds have died as a direct result of this policy and the administration is hiding information. All Americans should be outraged that these actions were done in our name.

      Hold them accountable. Brian Terry deserves at least that.

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      • ALEX R says

        The Attorney General, who is supposed to be the chief law enforcement office of this country, is doing and will continue to do exactly what the President tells him to do. Accountability for Brain Terry and the others begins and ends in the Oval Office.

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    • ALEX R says


      In Maryland the 2 party system has all but ended and where has that gotten us? The one party system is often called dictatorship.

      Now if you are talking about at least one additional party to the 2 (or 3) we already have then I am good with that concept. But isn’t the TEA Party trying to become that 3rd party?

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  6. Bruce O'H. says

    The Tea Party has, up til this point, been attempting to change the composition of the Repub Party from the ground up, and the top down, by removing moderates/RINO’s, and replacing them with Conservatives or Constitutionalists.
    There are serious rumbles, that, if the House is retained and the Senate and White House are secured by the Repubs in 2012, and the Repub Party continues with business as usual, that is, Socialism Lite, that the Tea Party could start a Third Party.

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