Idaho politics: Labrador votes to hold Holder in contempt of Congress

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.

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Are you for real

Try reading the newspaper instead of sleeping under it moron.

If you don't have something nice to say...

Someone might take you seriously if stated your view without attacking the writer's intelligence and those who read your opinion.

Corruption and Obama go hand in hand

So, why would he invoke executive privledge if there was nothing in the records that would implicate him (Obama).. Obviously he lied when he said he didn't know about the program... no other explanation makes any sense....

To protect sources and methods

The reason for Obama to invoke executive privilege over these documents is that they reveal sources and methods for intelligence operations in Mexico.

Please...

What methods? Opening the border to all? This from the administration that has leaked Top Secret info to the press to make Obama look tough on foreign policy, putting soldiers lives at risk... NOT.. Barak Milhouse Obama-Kardashian is just trying to cover his backside...

There you go again nukeworker!

Enough with the stupid nicknames for our president proving how clueless and juvenile you are! If you want to talk about putting soldier's lives at risk, you should be referring to Bush. He's the one who started the two wars which have injured and killed so many brave soldiers. And, worst of all, he kept changing his mind about the reason why we needed to be in Iraq. Bush started Fast and Furious (enough said)!

The Statesmans Usual Marxist Tap Dancing Clowns

Seem to be tripping all over themselves as they try to dance to this Obamunist tune. What was that famous Bill Ayers quote Holder has been reputed to have been mumbling? Oh yeah, "Guilty as sin, free as a bird". So far.

The "Big Picture" story isn't about Labrador, it is about a cover up by ATF, DOJ, and now that Obama has invoked Executive Privilege, it is about a Whitehouse run amuck. The Holder-Obama nexus appears to have become a symbiotic relationship of prevaricating as well as mendacious equals. It remains to be seen if they will be able to keep each other in survival mode through November.

Meanwhile, the Obama economy still sucks despite promises unfulfilled and trillions of dollars of additional public debt.