Congressmen Release Statements On Contempt Vote


Speaker John Boehner:

“Now I don’t take this matter lightly, and I frankly hoped it would never come to this. The House’s focus is on jobs and on the economy. But no Justice Department is above the law and no Justice Department is above the Constitution, which each of us has sworn an oath to uphold. So I ask the Members of this body to come together and to support this resolution so that we can seek the answers that the Terry family and the American people deserve.”

Representative Paul Gosar:

“Mr. Holder’s actions have shown his contempt for our constitutional rights, our border, Arizonans and all Americans and today Congress did its job by holding him in contempt.  It is my hope today’s vote to sends a strong message to Attorney General Holder, President Obama and future bureaucrats that no one is above the law.  After months of stonewalling, excuses and half truths Mr. Holder has run out of time and second chances.”

“The people of Arizona and throughout the United States and Mexico will be living with the consequences of Fast and Furious for years to come.  Many have rightfully lost confidence in Attorney General Holder. Today’s vote further supports my Resolution of No Confidence (H.Res.490) in Mr. Holder which has the support of 114 members of Congress who each co-sponsored the measure.”

Representative Trey Gowdy:

“This is a sad for those of us who believe in the rule of law.  The same rules should apply to everyone and the chief law enforcement officer has failed to do so.”

“We should not have to settle, compromise, or find any “extraordinary circumstance” on the amount of documents we are entitled to.  We are wrong if we settle for anything less than all the facts.”

“I would prefer the documents and the truth over a vote on contempt for Congress.  The Attorney General has chosen not to do the right thing, so we must.  I want all the truth and will settle for nothing less.”

Oversight Committee Darrell Issa:

“My message to my colleagues and others who have fought for answers: We are still fighting for the truth and accountability – for the family of murdered Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, for whistleblowers who have faced retaliation, and for countless victims of Operation Fast and Furious in Mexico. Unless President Obama relents to this bipartisan call for transparency and an end to the cover-up, our fight will move to the courts where we will prevail in getting the documents that the Justice Department and President Obama’s flawed assertion of executive privilege have denied the American people.”

Representative Joe Walsh:

“I do not take this action lightly, and I think it is regretful that it has reached this point,” said Walsh.  “Questions have been dodged and left unanswered for way too long.  Attorney General Holder’s lack of cooperation, accountability, and concern in this investigation is unacceptable.  The bottom line is that many lives were lost – on both sides of the border.  Today’s vote brings us one step closer to providing answers to Brian Terry’s family and the American people.”

Representative Sandy Adams:

“For me, seeking justice for Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry’s family is extremely personal.  I lost my husband in the line of duty while working as a deputy sheriff in the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.  My heart breaks for a family that is seeking justice and answers while mourning the loss of their son.  I am dedicated to getting those answers on behalf of the Terry family, and I am deeply offended that this administration has chosen to turn this into a political issue.  I strongly believe that President Obama and Attorney General Holder are withholding important information from the American people, and I will not stop until we get answers.”


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