First Congressional District Rep. Raul Labrador joined fellow Republicans in finding U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress.
The 23-17, party-line House Oversight Committee vote stems from the failed Fast and Furious gun-trafficking operation. The attempt to infiltrate Mexican drug cartels resulted in the December 2010 death of Brian Terry, a U.S. border control agent.
"It has been over a year since this committee first requested and then demanded full documentation of (Department of Justice) files regarding this terrible operation," Labrador said in a statement after the committee vote. "Attorney General Holder has evaded questions and provided false information in an attempt to stonewall this committee from discovering the truth, and he must be held accountable for these actions."
Here is the Labrador statement, in full:
It has been over a year since this committee first requested and then demanded full documentation of DOJ files regarding this terrible operation. We sought basic answers: who authorized it, when they authorized it and why they continued to authorize it. Attorney General Holder has evaded questions and provided false information in an attempt to stonewall this committee from discovering the truth, and he must be held accountable for these actions.
When he testified before the committee last year, there were several inconsistencies in his testimony and past statements regarding Operation Fast and Furious, which left me to conclude that he is either lying or grossly incompetent. Mr. Holder has long since lost my faith in his ability to do his job and it has been many months since I was the first member of Congress to officially call upon him to resign.
Two days ago George E. McCubbin III, the president of the National Border Patrol Council which represents all of the agency’s 17,000 non-supervisory agents, called on Eric Holder to resign, saying the attorney general has shown "an utter failure of leadership at the highest levels of government." He even went on to say, "The standard that applies to these agents should at a minimum be applied to those who lead them. If Eric Holder were a Border Patrol agent and not the attorney general, he would have long ago been found unsuitable for government employment and terminated."
I could not agree with Mr. McCubbin more. I commend Chairman Issa and the Committee members for their leadership today in taking this important vote on behalf of justice for the family of Brian Terry.