From the office of Rep. Joe Walsh (R, Illinois 8th District)…
Votes to hold Holder and DOJ in contempt of Congress
WASHINGTON – Today Congressman Joe Walsh (IL-8), as a member of the Government Oversight and Reform Committee, voted to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for not cooperating with an October 12, 2011 subpoena. After more than a year of investigating Operation Fast and Furious, the Department of Justice has failed to produce numerous subpoenaed documents to the committee. The committee passed the contempt citation by a vote of 23-17.
“Many questions have been left unanswered for too long,” said Walsh. “For too long Attorney General Holder has demonstrated a lack of accountability and concern. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry’s family deserves answers, the whistleblowers deserve vindication, and the American people demand someone be held accountable.
“Chairman Issa has displayed great leadership and patience throughout this investigation. However, the Attorney General has refused to explain the rationale behind a reckless Administration policy that led to the deaths of American border patrol agents. I do not take this action lightly, and I think it is regretful that it has reached this point. All of this could have been avoided if the Attorney General provided the documents needed to conduct this investigation. Operation Fast and Furious was a tragic mistake.”
In November, Walsh led a letter with 39 of his colleagues calling for Attorney General Holder’s immediate resignation. Recently, Walsh urged Chairman Darrell Issa to hold Attorney General Holder in contempt for his failure to comply with the October 2011 subpoena.