Even John Boehner Recognizes the Sham and Shame of Holding Holder in Contempt

Earlier today, history we can be proud of was made when the Supreme Court ruled that the Affordable Care Act is constitution. It was also a historic day, for less honorable reasons. For the first time in the history of the United States, the House of Representatives voted on whether to hold the Attorney-General in contempt of congress.

In protest of the witch hunt that this is many members of the Democratic Party left the floor.
The vote was 255-67 in favor of the Contempt motion, with one member, a Democrat voting present.

Of the members of congress who remained, it is quite clear that sanity did not prevail in this vote for 17 members of the Democratic Party joined with the Republicans, save 1, to hold the Attorney General in Contempt of Congress.

This is, “the Attempted Methaphorical Lynching of Eric Holder.”

Ultimately, this was a symbolic vote, in the name of mollifying the ideologically extreme Tea Party branch of the Republican Party. It will not be prosecuted since it will be up to the Department of Justice to prosecute this case. The reality is it would be a mockery of justice to prosecute the Attorney General. Even John Boehner knows it, but doesn’t have the guts to stand up to the extremists within his party. That is the only explanation that makes sense when he chose to hold this vote on the same day that the Supreme Court ruled that the AFC is constitutional. He was hoping the media would be so focused on the ruling that they wouldn’t be paying attention to that persecution behind the curtain.

There are a few dirty secrets about fast and furious. First of all, its only a scandal in the minds of the most ideologically driven members of the right wing. There is no way to spin this. It isn’t merely “spin” or an opinion. It is a lie.

Let’s begin with the facts about “Fast and Furious” according to someone who bothered to investigate, rather than engage in the metaphorical lynching Sarah Jones wrote about.

According to Katherine Eban, of Fortune:

“A Fortune investigation reveals that the ATF never intentionally allowed guns to fall into the hands of Mexican drug cartels. How the world came to believe just the opposite is a tale of rivalry, murder, and political bloodlust.”

For all the accusations that somehow the Obama Administration approved fast and furious in an effort to repeal the second amendment, there is one small problem. There was no such tactic.

“Quite simply, there’s a fundamental misconception at the heart of the Fast and Furious scandal. Nobody disputes that suspected straw purchasers under surveillance by the ATF repeatedly bought guns that eventually fell into criminal hands. Issa and others charge that the ATF intentionally allowed guns to walk as an operational tactic. But five law-enforcement agents directly involved in Fast and Furious tell Fortune that the ATF had no such tactic. They insist they never purposefully allowed guns to be illegally trafficked. Just the opposite: They say they seized weapons whenever they could but were hamstrung by prosecutors and weak laws, which stymied them at every turn.”

The only gun walking operation, ostensibly to take away the second amendment is in Darrell Issa’s head. The ATF never intended for arms to fall in the hands of Mexican drug cartels, as Issa suggests. In fact, they tried to stop it from happening, but prosecutors were unwilling to indict the list of suspects the ATF provided.

“The agents faced numerous obstacles in what they dubbed the Fast and Furious case. (They named it after the street-racing movie because the suspects drag raced cars together.) Their greatest difficulty by far, however, was convincing prosecutors that they had sufficient grounds to seize guns and arrest straw purchasers. By June 2010 the agents had sent the U.S. Attorney’s office a list of 31 suspects they wanted to arrest, with 46 pages outlining their illegal acts. But for the next seven months prosecutors did not indict a single suspect.”

Let’s not forget, that despite the lack of merit of their complaint, the Attorney General appeared before Issa’s committee several times. The Attorney General disclosed documents that could be released without compromising the law. Let’s not forget that in the name of investigating this figment of Issa’s imagination; he wasn’t interested in hearing from the ATF since doing so would show this contempt charge for the sham that it is. We should also remember that the program to prevent weapons from falling in the hands of Mexican drug cartels was initiated under President Bush and it was a program that Issa supported – when it was under HIS party’s president. This sham of investigation was never about the truth. If it was, Issa’s committee would have sought testimony from Bush’s Attorney-General, Michael Mukasey.

It’s under this backdrop that today’s vote occurred. Let’s also remember that the timing of this vote says something. While eyes and ears are focused on the Supreme Court’s rulng that the AFC is constitutional, House Leader Boehner chose this day to hold the vote. This is akin to the Friday afternoon roll out.

In short, the House Leader doesn’t buy this craziness either. He recognizes it for the sham and embarrassment that it is.

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16 Replies to “Even John Boehner Recognizes the Sham and Shame of Holding Holder in Contempt”

  1. Little people with tiny minds whose own contemptible behavior violates their own oath of office to serve the American people. The most despicable aspect was their political use and abuse of the very vulnerable Terry family and their grief, extending and interfering with what is a very private and personal matter. Everyone of these bullies(A.K.A. cowards) should be called out. America, we are better than this.

  2. Funny how the first time this ever happen is coincidentally a Black Attorney General! This is political pay back for making the states stop the manipulation of the citizen’s voting rights as well as another attempt to discredit black people holding office. The Republican party is systematically attacking our black citizens, women and hispanics. None of them should vote for any Republican!

  3. Republicans refused to call former AT general Mukasey & Alberto Gonzales who put this thing into place, can the present AT call them and ask questions about the program?

    Also I would like a website where we can vote our contempt for congress.
    Boehner is a spineless coward and Issa is a career criminal.

  4. Absolutely! And, every white male needs to actively call them all out, as far as the racism and the attacks on every woman in our nation. America is better than this.WHEN: we tell people to vote Democrat 2012, we MUST also tell them why, too; and impress on them to VOTE this year.

  5. I find it ironic that Republicans are spending all this time and money investigating something that, for years, they and the NRA denied was happening, namely guns being purchased in the United States and transported to Mexico.

  6. ATF agents, by going undercover, or with the help from informants, were building cases against 36 suspected ‘strawman’ buyers. No one in the ATF had the power to arrest the buyers, or stop the gunsellers, because they were not in direct violation of the law. By building their cases, they hoped to gather enough evidence to PROVE that guns were being sold DIRECTLY to criminals, with the ‘go-betweens’ as middle-men, but they never had the chance to finish their investigation. Now Issa wants all of their documents, including the names of informants and undercover agents, and we all know that means they will become public knowledge. How is this different from not releasing all the documents leading to the death of Osama Bin Laden? National security IS NATIONAL Security, right?

  7. I don’t think I am a crybaby and I am not overly patriotic but when I hear about things like this and what is going on in our country it just makes me want to cry. This is so sad and beneath what we used to stand for. People used to be Americans first and no matter what party or what difference we had we wanted what was best for all Americans. Power, Greed and corruption have taken over.

  8. GOP House: “We’ll go along with the Transportation Bill if you’ll turn over that uppity Attorney General boy.”

    Dem House: “Throw in the student loan thing and you’ve got a deal.”

  9. Who ever heard of Issa before his forcing contempt? Why not subpeone the AFT leadership? Why not question Arizona’s right to buy multiple gus even by obvious adolescents/??????

  10. TNruth,

    Tis true…if you are from Tennessee, you know we have the same insanity and lies about guns that are so over-the-top idiocy that one of the first persons “busted” for being DRUNK with a LOADED GUN in his lap, was Rep. Curry Todd-(RidiculousBagger-TN)now claiming to be a victim – of course he is – the morannic imbecile is a member of the RePiggery Obstructionist Team of Teabagging Fascists and Fewls – TN statehouse – and Todd claimed he “has cancer” – that was mentioned exactly ONCE after he got busted, but NARY A WORD mentioned since….another RePig lie – I personally spoke with his EX-wife on the phone, Todd had her home phone and address LISTED on Google. She was clueless, so I suggest she get in touch with Google and have it all removed. Poor woman told me she had divorced the DRUNK and he was still pulling all kinds of garbage on her – when you typed his name in Google, the first hit was his EX-WIFE, how low can a RePig go? Well, when you sponsor, Gunz in Barz iz Good~and get caught with Gunz in Drunken Lap in Nashville, near Vanderbilt University and near the local watering holes….right there you see the IDIOCY of the RePiggery and their Bagger Laws

  11. Am a fellow TN. Having no health care since 8/1/05 am just trying to stay alive. Bredesen’s TNCare destruction cost the state 2Bil$ 2/1 federal match in TNCare $, and then the 1.1 Billion $ TNCare surplus he quietly shifted to the Gen and Rainy day fund and used it to balance the budget his last 2 years. Of the 190,000 of us cut;no safety net in place or funded. He only got “10,000 back on any type of health plan, and doesn’t understand why”<his own words at a small gathering in Wisconsin. Result: over 4,000 unconfirmed premature and unnecessary deaths of the poor, elderly, and disabled[no media coverage]. I have been speaking out nationally that this is nothing less than "GENOCIDE" and the dark red of our state comes from the blood of the less fortunate. So Close…To Winning…The Race To…The Bottom!:(=

  12. …or differently than apparently, the most dangerous Sociopath in the W.H. at the time, outing a top CIA operative, Valerie Plame, who had years of overseas contacts, operatives, and political relationships;I’m sure the majority of whom, were immediately (after a good old rip-roarin debriefing) EXECUTED! For the KARL ROVE body “count account”:unknown; 100’s to 1,000’s plus families, relatives, friends,…….?????

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