Pelosi slams Holder's contempt charge: 'I could have arrested Karl Rove ... but we didn't'
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said that the effort by House Republicans to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress is really about his previous opposition to GOP-backed voting laws. We're taking a closer look at this story from the Current community. Check it out and add your two cents:
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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi criticized the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee for pursuing contempt of Congress charges against Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday. The House committee voted to hold the attorney general in contempt for not handing over certain documents sought by the committee chairman, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.). Pelosi said that Issa is undermining the process of holding someone in contempt of Congress:
"I could have arrested Karl Rove on any given day," Pelosi said to laughter, during a sit-down with reporters. "I'm not kidding. There's a prison here in the Capitol ... If we had spotted him in the Capitol, we could have arrested him."
Asked on what grounds she could have arrested Rove, Pelosi replied, "Oh, any number. But there were some specific ones for his being in contempt of Congress. But we didn't."
The community responds:
tommic: "Acually the democratic congress from 2008 to 2010 could have brought up both George W. Bush and Cheney for selective culling of intelligence to qualify their invasion og Iraq. There were no WMD's on which the pre emptive war based. That is a crime, once again ball less democrats didn't have what it took. Called courage!!! And now both cannot travel anywhere in the world they may like because there are international warrants out for the war crimes commited by both Bush & Cheney. And here we are Darrel Issa trying to find Holder in contempt. Truely a hypocrite, truely a partisian politician, and another millionaire worth over 375 million really caring for the poor, dispossessed, homeless and hungry. How many four letter words can one come up with to describe such arrogance."
FreeSpiritMuse: No Nancy, you should have arrested Rove when you had the chance. How many decades will it take, before you understand how the GOP plays politics. Dirty, filthy, rotten and underhanded. They have no emotions and don't believe in fairness. The GOP cares more about power then "serving our country". They are skilled at undermining and obstructing. Time to develop some new strategies. Coulda, woulda, shoulda isn't working.
Vic_Romano: "She could have impeached Bush too, but that might have actually involved some real work. Ugh. I hate Congress." faye59: "I'm still pissed about her not going after Rove. That FB is poison."
nanac: "Now is the time for the Democratic Party to show some backbone, and voice their disapproval for this manufactured charge. They should be outraged at the extent that the Republicans will go to destroy President Obama and his Administration.The Republican Party certainly isn't the party of integrity or decency. They are corrupting the system for political gain, and they should be charged for making false claims. It's against the law on a personal level, it should be in this case."
For more on the Fast and Furious, check out coverage from our shows:
- Background: Fast and Furious, executive privilege, and contempt of Congress explained
- Cenk and Buzzfeed Politics get to the heart of why Attorney General Eric Holder may be holding out on Rep. Darrell Issa
- BFD: What is the motivation behind the investigation into Operation Fast and Furious?
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