Holder Laughs at Contempt Vote while Terry Family Still in Pain
Eclipsed by the alarming news of the Supreme Court siding with ObamaCare, on Thursday the House of Representatives in a 255-67 vote found the attorney general of the United States in contempt of Congress.
Leading up to the contempt charge, last Tuesday, Attorney General Eric Holder refused to give subpoenaed documents to a House committee investigating Fast and Furious. Then, the following day, President Obama invoked executive privilege minutes before the House Oversight Committee was scheduled to vote on a contempt of Congress citation against Holder.
Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform committee, wrapped up Thursday's debate standing in front of an enlarged poster of Border Patrol Agent and former Marine Brian Terry. It was a sad, hopeful, and solemn day for the relatives of the slain.
Recently, Terry's brother-in-law told a reporter what it was like for the family after Brian's death.
We buried him not far from the house that he was raised in just prior to Christmas day. The gifts that Brian had picked out with such thought and care began to arrive in the mail that same week. With each delivery, we felt the indescribable pain of Brian's death.
On December 14, 2010, Terry was shot in the back in Peck Canyon near the Arizona border. An AK-47 found at the scene was linked to Operation Fast and Furious. On February 15, 2011, ICE agent Jaime Zapata was ambushed and killed in Mexico with weapons traced to a Texas-based gun-walking program.
In response to the "indescribable pain" of the Terry family culminating in the contempt charge, the top law man in the nation called out Republicans for their "truly absurd -- truly absurd -- conspiracy theories." Holder also stated that "today's vote makes for good political theater."
Reps. Trey Gowdy and Darrell Issa deserve praise for their fight to find out who at the top levels of the administration-okayed mass murder. Gowdy vowed to "fight for the truth, the politics be damned" while Issa promised to get to the bottom of the operation. The mystery of why Holder will not hand over the requested documents or why the president is protecting him remains.
Read more M. Catharine Evans at Potter Williams Report.