June 21st, 2012

Rep. Cummings: Holder contempt rec. ‘not about the facts;’ ‘about politics’

Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) reacts to House Oversight Committee vote recommending Attorney General Eric Holder to be held in contempt for not turning over more documents involving the “Fast and Furious” operation.

On President Obama’s decision to use executive privilege, Rep. Cummings says, “I thought the President had no choice. First of all, this is a situation that could’ve been avoided if the Republicans had been a little bit reasonable…. This Attorney General released about a thousand of those documents voluntarily, and Mr. [Rep. Darrell] Issa wanted more and more. As the Attorney General [Eric Holder] said in his meeting, last Friday, this is his watch. He had to do what Attorney Generals have done over all the years that Attorney Generals have been in existence that is – protect the office. And basically that’s what the President did.”

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