Does anyone remember in 2012, when Democrats opposed holding Obama’s attorney general, Eric Holder in contempt for his role in the Fast and Furious scandal?
Republicans in Congress held Holder in contempt for refusing to release documents related the scandal that was responsible for the murder of US Border agent Brian Terry. When it came time to vote on the contempt charge for Barack Obama’s AG, Democrats brazenly walked out. They said the vote was “evil” and even called it a “political witch hunt.”
House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY), who’s lead the contempt charge against Barr, described the charge against AG Holder in 2012 as “shameful and politically-motivated.”
Today, the Democrat-led House voted to hold President Trump’s Attorney General William Barr and his Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in criminal contempt on Wednesday.
The Hill – The measure holds the Trump Cabinet members in contempt for defying subpoenas for documents on their since-abandoned efforts to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. The chamber approved the measure in a party-line vote of 230-198, with four Democrats joining all Republicans in voting against the resolution.
Democrats argued the measure was necessary to hold officials accountable for “obstruction & oppose efforts to undermine the census.” It passed the House Oversight and Reform Committee along party lines ahead of the July Fourth recess.
The Gateway Pundit reports:
“I do not take this decision lightly,” Oversight chairman Elijah Cummings said on the House floor before the vote. “Holding any secretary in criminal contempt of Congress is a serious and sober matter, one that I have done everything in my power to avoid. But in the case of the Attorney General and the secretary, Secretary Ross, they blatantly obstructed our ability to do congressional oversight into the real reason Secretary Ross was trying for the first time in 70 years, in 70 years to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.”
Attorney General Bill Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross wrote House Speaker Nancy Pelosi earlier Wednesday urging her to cancel an imminent vote to hold them in contempt of Congress.
The Democrat-led House Oversight Committee previously issued Barr and Ross a subpoena for documents related to the citizenship question on the 2020 census.