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House holds AG Holder in contempt of Congress in a bi-partisan vote

Thursday, June 28 was an historic day in America. The United States Supreme Court handed down a 5-4 decision in support of President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act in the morning and the United State House of Representatives voted 255-67 to hold the president’s Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for failing to “provide documents to the Fast and Furious gun-walking program,” CBS News reported.

It was reported that 17 Democrats joined the Republican majority in voting to charge Holder with contempt of Congress. GOP Rep. Dan Lipinski voted not present and 65 Democrats left the House floor before the vote was taken.

The House vote followed a 16-month investigations by the chamber’s House Oversight and Government Reform Committee into the Fast and Furious gun sales to the Mexican drug cartels by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATFE), which is a division of Holder’s Justice Department.

In a post-congressional vote, Holder stated: “Today’s vote is the regrettable culmination of what became a misguided — and politically motivated — investigation during an election year.”

While the attorney general may have viewed the congressional investigation and resulting vote on the contempt of congress charge as political, one thing remains apolitical: one Brian Terry, a U.S. Border Patrol agent, is dead, killed by at least two guns that were connected to the ATFE’s gun-running program, Fast and Furious.

—Keith Hansen