Jim Matheson (D) supports placing Eric Holder in contempt (Update: now 4 Democrats backing contempt charges)

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    Jun 27, 2012 12:55 PM GMT
    The reality is that this isn't just Republicans who are frustrated with this emerging scandal.

    http://thehill.com/homenews/house/234921-matheson-becomes-first-dem-to-pledge-contempt-for-holder

    Rep. Jim Matheson (Utah) on Tuesday became the first Democrat to declare his support for placing Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress.

    "It just compounds the tragedy when both sides play politics instead of releasing the facts. The Terry family, the public and Congress deserve answers," said Matheson, according to The Salt Lake Tribine. "Sadly, it seems that it will take holding the attorney general in contempt to communicate that evasiveness is unacceptable."

    Matheson’s announcement comes two days before House Republicans plan to vote on the unprecedented measure before the full chamber, even as President Obama has asserted executive privilege over requested documents at the center of the partisan furor.

    The six-term lawmaker, who represents the most heavily Republican district of any incumbent Democrat, was one of 31 Democrats to send a letter to President Obama last year expressing grave concerns over the administration’s handling of the botched gun-tracking operation, "Fast and Furious."

    Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and the lead congressional investigator of Fast and Furious, has been pushing hard to attract the support of some of those 31 Democrats.
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    Jun 27, 2012 1:54 PM GMT
    Page down to the third paragraph you had quoted

    Nothing more needs to be said or posted

    Das ist alles
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    Jun 27, 2012 1:57 PM GMT
    GQjock saidPage down to the third paragraph you had quoted

    Nothing more needs to be said or posted

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    Ya mean the part i just bolded?
    riddler78 saidThe reality is that this isn't just Republicans who are frustrated with this emerging scandal.

    http://thehill.com/homenews/house/234921-matheson-becomes-first-dem-to-pledge-contempt-for-holder

    Rep. Jim Matheson (Utah) on Tuesday became the first Democrat to declare his support for placing Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress.

    "It just compounds the tragedy when both sides play politics instead of releasing the facts. The Terry family, the public and Congress deserve answers," said Matheson, according to The Salt Lake Tribine. "Sadly, it seems that it will take holding the attorney general in contempt to communicate that evasiveness is unacceptable."

    Matheson’s announcement comes two days before House Republicans plan to vote on the unprecedented measure before the full chamber, even as President Obama has asserted executive privilege over requested documents at the center of the partisan furor.

    The six-term lawmaker, who represents the most heavily Republican district of any incumbent Democrat, was one of 31 Democrats to send a letter to President Obama last year expressing grave concerns over the administration’s handling of the botched gun-tracking operation, "Fast and Furious."

    Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and the lead congressional investigator of Fast and Furious, has been pushing hard to attract the support of some of those 31 Democrats.
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    Jun 27, 2012 2:31 PM GMT
    Hmmm... the first and unlikely to be the last.

    http://dailycaller.com/2012/06/26/house-dem-breaks-from-party-plans-to-vote-for-holder-contempt/

    The Democratic Party’s resistance to holding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress is crumbling.

    Utah Democratic Rep. Jim Matheson said Tuesday he plans to vote in favor of holding Holder in contempt over his refusal to comply with a subpoena into the Operation Fast and Furious scandal.

    “It just compounds the tragedy when both sides play politics instead of releasing the facts. The Terry family, the public and Congress deserve answers,” Matheson said in remarks first reported by the Salt Lake Tribune in his home state. “Sadly, it seems that it will take holding the attorney general in contempt to communicate that evasiveness is unacceptable.”

    To make matters worse for Holder, President Barack Obama and the Democratic Party, more Democrats are expected to join Matheson in holding Holder in contempt. House Minority Whip Rep. Steny Hoyer, the House Democrats’ chief vote-counter, isn’t even sure how many Democrats will break ranks. According to the Associated Press — which framed the Democratic defections as a result of the NRA’s decision to score the vote — Hoyer wouldn’t say how many Democrats he expected to vote in favor of Holder in contempt, but confirmed he expects some, like Matheson, to abandon party lines.

    These Democratic defections cut sharply into the narrative House oversight committee ranking Democratic member Rep. Elijah Cummings, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, the White House and Holder himself have created around this scandal. They have all claimed that House oversight committee chairman Rep. Darrell Issa and House Republicans are motivated by partisan politics in pursuing this issue, something that Matheson and other Democrats’ vote would undercut.
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    Jun 27, 2012 2:36 PM GMT
    The defections along with an increasing number of Democrats not attending their convention suggest if the Democrats lose in November, the moderates will take their party back.
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    Jun 27, 2012 6:06 PM GMT
    http://georgiatipsheet.com/2012/06/27/barrow-buck-dem-leadership-holder-contempt-vote/

    Barrow to buck Dem. leadership on Holder contempt vote

    “For me, this investigation has been about justice for Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and his family. While Republicans and Democrats argue over the scope of the people’s right to know what happened, the Attorney General has decided to withhold relevant documents. The only way to get to the bottom of what happened is for the Department of Justice to turn over the remaining documents, so that we can work together to ensure this tragedy never happens again.”
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    Jun 27, 2012 9:02 PM GMT
    http://thehill.com/homenews/house/235053-second-house-dem-backs-placing-holder-in-contempt-

    At least four Democrats say they will vote Thursday in favor of placing Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress.

    Democratic Reps. John Barrow (Ga.), Collin Peterson (Minn.) and Nick Rahall (W.Va.) will all vote in favor of contempt in addition to Rep. Jim Matheson (Utah) when the measure comes to the House floor on Thursday.

    The vote is expected to generally be a party-line vote, but one report by Fox News on Wednesday said as many as 20 Democrats could break with President Obama and support the measure.

    Republicans are moving forward with the vote because they say Holder has refused to hand over documents dealing with the Justice Department’s handling of the botched “Fast and Furious” operation.
    In announcing his decision, Barrow criticized Holder for withholding the documents.

    “While Republicans and Democrats argue over the scope of the people's right to know what happened, the attorney general has decided to withhold relevant documents,” Barrow said.

    “The only way to get to the bottom of what happened is for the Department of Justice to turn over the remaining documents, so that we can work together to ensure this tragedy never happens again.”

    Barrow is facing a tough reelection fight this year in a district that leans Republican, according to The Hill’s race ratings.

    A spokesman for Peterson told The Hill that the Minnesota Democrat also plans to support the contempt measure. Rahall's office also confirmed he would vote in favor of placing Holder in contempt.

    Rahall is usually a GOP target given the nature of his district, while Peterson is generally considered safe this year.

    Matheson became the first Democrat to break ranks on Tuesday, announcing plans to vote for the contempt measure just hours after House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (Md.) told reporters he expects some Democrats to support the contempt resolution because the National Rifle Association (NRA) is scoring the vote.
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    Jun 28, 2012 5:48 AM GMT
    You have to hand it to republicans, they impeach a president for lying about a blowjob and now this bullshit over some guns in Mexico a few hours before an election. The democrats? Hell, they don't have the balls to impeach a war criminal like Bush.