Speaker Boehner Calls for Passage of Fast & Furious Contempt Resolution

During a speech on the House floor today, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) called on the House to support a resolution holding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for his refusal to turn over subpoenaed documents related to the Fast & Furious operation:

“It’s important for the American people to know how we got here and to know the facts of this case.  The Congress asked the Department of Justice for the facts related to Fast and Furious and the events that led to the death of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.  The Department of Justice did not provide the facts and the information that we requested.  Instead, the information came from people outside the Department, people who wanted to do the right thing.  In addition to not providing the information, the Administration admitted to misleading Congress, actually retracting a letter it had sent 10 months earlier.

“I think all the Members understand this is a very serious matter.  The Terry family wants to know how this happened and they have every right to have their answers.  The House needs to know how this happened, and it is our constitutional duty to find out.  So the House Oversight & Government Reform Committee issued a lawful and narrowly tailored subpoena.  We’ve been patient, giving the Justice Department every opportunity to comply, so that we can get to the bottom of this for the Terry family.  We’ve shown more than enough good faith, but the White House has chosen to invoke executive privilege.  That leaves us no other options.  The only recourse left for the House is to continue seeking the truth and to hold Attorney General in contempt of Congress

“Now I don’t take this matter lightly, and I frankly hoped it would never come to this.  The House’s focus is on jobs and on the economy.  But no Justice Department is above the law and no Justice Department is above the Constitution, which each of us has sworn an oath to uphold.  So I ask the Members of this body to come together and to support this resolution so that we can seek the answers that the Terry family and the American people deserve.”