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23 AYES, 14 NOS IN PARTY LINE VOTE
by Sharon Rondeau
(Jun. 20, 2012) — A contempt of Congress motion against putative Attorney General Eric Holder passed out of the House Oversight & Government Reform this afternoon.
At the last minute before the hearing, Obama had invoked executive privilege over the documents requested by Darrell Issa, chairman of the committee. An amendment introduced by Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina passed which questioned the legitimacy of the circumstances under which Obama claimed executive privilege.
The Post & Email followed the hearings in real time and was one of the first newspapers to report on the vote at 4:22 p.m. EDT. MarketWatch is reporting that “the measure now goes before the full House for consideration.”
Holder had met with Issa last night hoping to forestall the contempt vote, but Issa stated that he was “disappointed” that Holder did not turn over more requested documentation on the Fast & Furious gunrunning operation which killed a border patrol agent and an ICE agent.
Neither Speaker of the House John Boehner nor Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s offices responded to The Post & Email on where they stood on the contempt citation yesterday. Boehner would presumably be bringing the measure to a vote in the full House of Representatives.
The right of executive privilege has been used since the days of George Washington.