READ: Democrats Announce They Will Vote to Hold Eric Holder in Contempt of Congress
Democratic Congressmen John Barrow (GA) and Jim Matheson (UT) announced today that they would vote "yea" to hold US Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for failure to turn over documents related to the 'Fast and Furious' program. Below are the statements released by their respective offices:
Barrow's Statement: "For me, this investigation has been about justice for Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and his family,” said Congressman Barrow. “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.”
Matheson's Statement: “The 2009 operation known as “Fast and Furious” went horribly wrong. Officials lost track of over 1,400 guns they were using in an effort to identify and arrest Mexican drug cartel leaders. Some of the guns ended up being connected to crimes, including one used in the murder of U.S. Board Patrol agent Brian Terry.
Regardless of when “Fast and Furious” began, as the head of the Justice Department in 2009, Attorney General Holder is ultimately in charge of getting to the bottom of this tragedy and informing Congress so that people responsible for this ill-conceived effort are held accountable and to prevent it from ever happening again.
Utahns expect and deserve transparency and accountability from government officials, especially when a tragedy such as the death of a U.S. Border Patrol agent occurs. It just compounds the tragedy when both sides play politics instead of releasing the facts. The Terry family, the public and Congress deserve answers. Sadly, it seems that it will take holding the Attorney General in contempt to communicate that evasiveness is unacceptable. It is a vote I will support.”
2p ET Update: Megyn Kelly says we’re hearing reports that at least 20 Democrats may break ranks and join the GOP in its challenge to Attorney General Eric Holder.