House minority leader Nancy Pelosi, D San Francisco, said at her news conference today that Republicans are attacking Attorney General Eric Holder not because he is failing to produce sufficient documents in the Fast and Furious gun case but because he is enforcing laws against voter suppression.
Asked about Pelosi’s claim at Thursday’s press briefing, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney would not say that the administration shares her theory.
Although Boehner had not been pushing the issue forward, rank and file GOP members have been clamoring to vote against Holder and the White House to show their conservative constituents they are holding the Obama administration’s feet to the fire on something.
Republicans on House Oversight and Government Reform Committee voted Wednesday to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for refusing to turn over documents related to the ‘Fast and Furious’ Mexican border scandal.
Both lawmakers are from South Carolina, one of several states that have tried to implement a strict law requiring photo ID in order to vote — and have been blocked by Holder’s Justice Department.
Elijah Cummings jumped to Holder’s defense, calling Holder’s decision to withhold documents an effort to protect the office of the attorney general, not to protect his own political hide, as Republicans implied again and again while they accused Holder of conducting a cover up in the Fast and Furious investigation.
Chuck Grassley, R Iowa, ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, talking to reporters after a meeting with Attorney General Eric Holder in an effort to avoid a looming House vote on a contempt resolution against Holder for refusing to turn over documents relating to a botched gunrunning sting.
Though the theory did not gain much traction among other Democrats, Pelosi and the rest of the caucus were uniformly critical of Republicans’ actions against Holder.
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