House comtempt vote coming for Eric Holder
Arizona Congressman David Schweikert weighs in
- Duration 4:37
- Date Jun 25, 2012
Arizona Congressman David Schweikert weighs in
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Fox News alert any moments now any moment now the White House will receive a letter from house oversight committee chairman Darrell -- -- This is the next step toward an unprecedented contempt of congress vote expected in the house -- this Thursday against attorney general Eric Holder.
That vote will come despite last week's move by the White House.
To lock down the fast and furious documents in question remember this operation started by the Phoenix ATF they let guns walk into the hands of some Mexican criminals they were gonna follow them.
They didn't hundreds died in Mexico at least one Border Patrol agent died here and the Republicans have been investigating this and Democrats.
Ever -- but now they're stonewalling there's there's an impasse.
We are told that mr.
-- -- letter will outline why he believes president Obama's decision to exert executive privilege over these outstanding documents is quote simply wrong.
All of this as the fate of the attorney general.
And his future in that role hangs in the balance.
Arizona congressman -- -- joins me now with his thoughts on it he -- a Republican in the house and there's a lot of news involving your state today -- we'll get to that one moment but I want to ask you about the showdown.
That we are headed for simultaneously with all this breaking Supreme Court news this Thursday you couldn't believe it will happen in the house look.
My understanding is so we're still heading towards a full vote on the floor in regards to the contempt charges congressman I -- chairman -- has said this -- that he believes the votes are there.
-- -- I absolutely believe the votes -- there I wouldn't even be surprised to see one or two Democrats who are also very frustrated.
With what this white really doing.
It's you know you can't keep giving lip service of you want open government you want truthful government and then to turn around and support this type of stonewalling that's coming from the White House.
What is this letter about because you know and so many people thought it the president -- exerted executive privilege and you know.
That was gonna put the house Republicans and a -- position to go forward.
ice is crafting some sort of a letter to the White House not to Eric Holder who has been writing to for months but to the White House saying.
I don't I'm not buying your claim of executive privilege we -- we haven't seen a letter yet.
No and and I haven't seen it either but my understanding is.
Chairman -- in the committee.
Are basically trying to articulate here's the reason here's the bullet points outside the political theater.
Here's the facts.
Of why we believe I'm Eric -- -- in contempt of congress and why you're executive order of executive privilege.
Is out of the mainstream on what's going on here.
There is some risk perceived by some Republicans in proceeding with the content vote against the attorney general because there's a risk to -- -- of looking like you're going after -- -- making people sympathetic to him or looking like you're over stepping in into a partisan fight now as opposed to saying we regret his decision not to.
Yeah and that's it's brilliant way to phrase it look for many -- the real argument for this election season is about the economy and the jobs in the debt.
And does this become a side show.
That in many ways the -- I hope not because it the president may stand up and playing well look they're being mean to me but this is the very president -- told us he was gonna drain the swamp.
Let's face it he drained the swamp and it's now turned into -- I want to talk about Arizona ended decision by the US Supreme Court today the president came out with a statement praising the Supreme Court in part.
But said he remained concerned about the practical impact of the remaining provision that's been left standing the provision that allows the police when they stop somebody for traffic -- -- on.
If they have reasonable suspicion that person may be an illegal immigrant they're allowed to ask about immigration status this is what the president says quote going forward.
We must ensure that Arizona law enforcement officials do not enforce this law in a manner that undermines the civil rights of Americans.
As the court's decision recognizes this is not a basis on which the president ultimately chose to challenge the law.
Your thoughts on his mentioning the civil rights aspect.
Look I'm one of those who believe this White House -- hard -- election mode you know it's now the campaigner in chief.
And he's basically use my state and let's face -- the devastation this federal government has done to my state by not enforcing the immigration laws.
And wants to turn and -- a wedge issue.
It's not a way to issue this is about enforcing the law and -- out of the four provisions three of them were struck down but the most controversial one.
And that the one that actually has the most meaning appears to be an uphill.
It is going to be fascinating to see now the mechanics of as it begins to be enforced yeah what's gonna happen that's.
That equation environment the course we have to see how it's applied is it that it applied in a fair manner or is it that you can't argue -- now that it's not because we haven't seen it like it got to -- -- thank you so much for being you know thank you all the best are.
-- -- We are getting more now from Arizona where governor.