The U.S. House of Representatives voted to hold a sitting Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress. While 20 democrats defected from their party to join republicans in the vote, new Congressman Ron Barber from Southern Arizona voted against contempt.
The House voted 255-67 to hold Eric Holder in contempt.
The contempt charge stems from the Department of Justice’s refusal to release documents regarding the botched gun running scandal, “Fast and Furious.” Border patrol Agent Brian Terry was murdered by drug runners in the desert of Southern Arizona. A gun from the government’s gun running program was the murder weapon.
Barber released a statment explaining his vote, “Agent Terry made the ultimate sacrifice. Nothing we can do going forward can bring him back. But he and his family deserve to know what happened and who is responsible.
To have this discussion, and to find these solutions, we must put partisanship aside and work together. Today’s vote to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in criminal contempt is in direct opposition to that goal and does nothing to further the investigation into Operation Fast and Furious.”
Over 100 democrats did not vote.
Another Arizona Congressman, Jeff Flake issued a statement on his “yes” vote today, “This was not a vote I took lightly,” said Flake. “Our system of government is one of checks and balances, so when an Executive Branch official fails to comply with those checks, balancing measures need to be taken. I hope that going forward, the investigation into the Fast and Furious scandal can continue with cooperation from the Department of Justice, and that those who are responsible for the operation of this program will be held accountable.”