(CNSNews.com) - Asked if the upcoming House vote to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress is distracting from the focus on jobs, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said there are other things congress must deal with. Including why the administration “covered up the lies that they gave to the congress.”
“If the administration had cooperated with this investigation and had cooperated with our reasonable request for information about how this program got started and why they covered up the lies that they gave to the Congress. If they would have cooperated with us we wouldn’t have to be here,” Boehner said at a press conference on Wednesday.
Tomorrow the House is scheduled to vote on whether to find Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for ignoring a congressional subpoena for documents in Fast and Furious, the federal law enforcement ‘gun-walking’ operation that allowed firearms to cross over from the U.S. into Mexico.
The Justice Department program began in the fall of 2009. It was halted in December of 2010 after two of the guns from the program were found at the scene of the death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry. Terry was murdered in Arizona on Dec. 15, 2010 by alleged Mexican drug cartel operatives.
The White House has criticized the contempt vote on Holder as partisan politics and President Barack Obama has asserted executive privilege in refusing to turn over the documents.