Rep. Maloney statement on Oversight Committee vote to hold the Attorney General in contempt
WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), senior member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, issued the following statement after the committee voted along party lines to hold Attorney General Holder in contempt:
“This isn’t about Fast and Furious any longer. We’ve left that behind long ago, because Attorney General Holder has bent over backwards to cooperate— testifying before this and other Committees, releasing thousands of pages of documents, transferring or accepting the resignations of those who supervised Fast and Furious, and authorizing an Inspector General’s investigation which has yet to be completed.
“At this point the only documents that the Majority now wants are those that relate to how the Department of Justice came to learn that its original denial of gunwalking was inaccurate and why DOJ later changed course and admitted their error. These documents have nothing to do with how gunwalking was utilized in Fast and Furious operations.
“When it comes to the internal deliberations of the Department of Justice, that’s where the Attorney General draws the line, that’s why the President rightfully invoked executive privilege, and I agree with them.”