NRA Pressure Could Push Some Dems To Vote Contempt For Holder

Source: Deirdre Walsh / CNN

Washington  – The number two Democrat in the House signaled on Tuesday that some Democrats could join with Republicans to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress later this week, citing pressure from the National Rifle Association.

Republicans on the House Oversight Committee approved a resolution last week holding Holder in contempt for failing to release documents related to the committee’s investigation of the failed gun trafficking operation known as “Fast and Furious.” The full House is scheduled to vote on the measure Thursday.

Some gun rights advocates, including the NRA, maintain that the program that allowed hundreds of weapons, including assault rifles, to go across the border into Mexico was a way for the Obama Administration to press for new gun control laws. Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa said on Sunday he had emails showing the administration planned to point to the operation and push for a “weapons ban or greater reporting.”

When asked in his weekly session with reporters to give an estimate of how many Democrats might defect on the vote, Rep Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland, replied “I can’t.”

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  • Marvice

    We need to take not of politicians who vote based on the bribes from special interests and be sure they are not elected again.  This is the start of all the problems in Washington D.C.  When you are sent to Washington, you are sent there by the people to serve for the people.  Regardless to what the Supreme Court did by allowing corporations to be able to contribute unlimited amounts of money, you were sent there to represent the people who elected you.  Government was established to protect the people not corporations.  I don’t understand why people aren’t upset about this to the point that they are letting these people know they are not going to be re-elected for letting these special interest groups sway them to do things that are not in line with what is best for the country as a whole.  We need to take money out of politics.