Rep. Darrell Issa said Wednesday that he is pressing ahead with a committee vote to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress, despite an 11th-hour move by President Obama to exert executive privilege over the Fast and Furious documents at the heart of the dispute.
The announcement immediately touched off a caustic debate on the
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, as Democrats accused
Issa of prosecuting a "political witch hunt" and Republicans stepped up
their criticism of Holder's "stonewalling" over the Fast and Furious
probe. Even for Washington, the tone at the hearing was decidedly bitter
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee was first
informed of the president's decision to exert executive privilege in a
letter Wednesday morning, shortly before the contempt vote was
Issa said committee staff are evaluating the letter but described the
move as too little, too late as he and other GOP lawmakers questioned
the basis for the assertion.