Debate over Pelosi's Fast and Furious comments
Lawmakers playing politics with Holder contempt push?
- Duration 6:25
- Date Jun 22, 2012
Lawmakers playing politics with Holder contempt push?
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Happening now new fallout in the fast and furious investigations and accusations.
Flying back and forth now following the house committees vote.
Down party lines to hold the attorney general or -- in contempt of congress.
House oversight committee chairman Darrell ice -- saying that the vote is a response to hold his refusal to hand over some Justice Department documents to congressional investigators.
But House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi claims the attorney general is being targeted as part of -- nationwide scheme to change voter ID laws.
These very same people are holding in the content.
Are part of a nationwide.
Scheme to suppress the vote.
They -- closely allied with those who are.
Suffocating the system.
Unlimited special interest secret money.
Republican South Carolina congressman -- doubting you voted to hold the attorney general in -- and here's what he has to say about Nancy Pelosi is claims.
Is that the best you can come up with is that we got together in this grand scheme to suppress of votes and -- Sure she didn't say southern states but that's what she meant.
I I it it's really beneath.
The office of a member of congress to say something that outrageous.
Scheduled appoint what my doctor if she thinks that we are doing this to suppress.
Votes this fall that is mind numbing -- stupid.
-- -- -- is a Fox News contributor and former political advisor to senator Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey Alice Stewart.
Is the former Press Secretary for Rick santorum's presidential campaign but it's nice to -- votes and Julie.
This is the House Minority Leader with these statements about it skiing she little off the reservation here what.
Well I don't know I don't know the motivation is quite honestly I know what the motivation is not it's early not to -- the bottom of what's going on with fast and furious because the bottom line is that Eric Holder has tried in time and time again.
To come to accommodations -- -- sent by the way this hadn't -- Darrell ice.
We'll have -- sewed up the -- theory enhanced by propounded by basically saying that this is Barack Obama's way fast and furious.
Of getting assault weapons off the streets I don't know what he's.
-- coming up at that Larry I don't I'm sorry I wanna go back to my my original question hit it where is that that's quite a leap I think a lot of people are trying.
To figure out how Nancy Pelosi gets from contempt charges against Eric Holder to voter suppression.
I look I don't know what the motivation is as I said but at the motivation is certainly not been to get to the bottom of of what's really been going on the fast and furious so that's not the motivation.
-- theories as good as anybody else's look with an election year it's a silly season Darrell ice that's obviously engage in politics and the.
What you want to do you want to know they're pretty serious charges -- and and and spend and former speaker Pelosi says this is no accident this is no coincidence.
It is a plan is the you're Republican -- is -- -- plant.
First of all represented Downey is correct doesn't mind numbing -- stupid for her to make such a claim.
What she is doing is exactly what the president's doing -- holder's doing.
That is a distraction that -- they're taking away from the issue at hand.
And she is distracting from the fact that hand which is we need to find information on this -- -- is yet another Democrat who is.
Is doing exactly the opposite from -- President Obama promised when he came into office that he would have an open and transparent administration.
And this is far from the issue at hand as finding answers to what happened in the death of agent Terry.
We need to find answers really define who is responsible how high up the chain it went who was involved -- when they knew it.
Until we do there's blood on the hands of some of within the Justice Department and we need to find out who was responsible.
And most importantly we need to make sure that this never happens again.
Julie what do you think the Terry's family is response our reaction to Nancy below his comments -- I have to think that this would be.
Pretty offensive for them.
You know in the death of of their son to have that the top Democrat in the House of Representatives.
Talk about this is trying to be -- kind of of of a scheme of a public plan to suppress voters -- I saw my heart goes -- military families I certainly -- one espouse any any any views on their behalf but I do wanna say this look.
Eric Holder and the Democrats have tried to -- an accommodation with Darrell -- I Daryl ice -- unfortunately rejected.
Every attempt to do that because he wants to play politics of this issue there -- legitimate questions about fast and furious I will grant you that.
But -- -- -- has done is absolutely Burnett and every attempt to try to get the bottom of those issues and -- -- has been playing politics with this which is a shame.
And actually probably would hurt Terry family more than anything else who who do want to get the bottom of what happened.
If there I think is serious about this -- -- so we'll sit down with the attorney general and try to hammer something out.
With -- -- -- has done is ratcheted the subsidence streaming on unprecedented viewpoint Ronald Reagan.
Exercises privilege George Bush exercises privilege Republican presidents of exercises privileged.
Time and time again and the bottom line is if you really wanted to get to the bottom of what happened there's ways to do that what he's doing now is simply running the flag down an Alley gets an election.
I what do you remember what.
I agree a hundred.
Percent this has been ratcheted up two unprecedented level and that's right before.
And election that we shouldn't be having this but you know whose fault that is that they're called -- spot and -- the president's fault.
They -- eighteen months to turn over documents they stonewalled from the very beginning and the fact that we're dealing with now is is no fault of their own.
And the fact that the president has now invoked executive privilege.
That just goes to show more than anything else.
But he was either involved with fast and furious from the very beginning -- he's involved with the cover up what neither one of them are very good but the overall picture here is we're looking at.
At stonewalling and congress will be on -- you promised -- openness and transplant.
Or are -- we run out of time -- just want to get you both on the record do you think because next week.
There could be a vote in the full house on his contempt charges are we gonna are we gonna see a vote or is some kind of the deal gonna be struck.
Before hand Julie you first -- now.
-- -- -- the deal is struck because -- to be unprecedented vote and has to be unprecedented assault on the highest law enforcement officer in the country in the bottom line is we do need to the bottom of this out of -- -- deal.
There will there will be no deal there will be a vote in the house and they will find holder in contempt of court -- Hinske and -- -- just aren't that we're doing that would be history that's never been done before.
We'll see what happens thank you both thank you.