Pelosi Questions ‘Coincidence’ Of Contempt Vote, Holder’s Refusal To Defend Laws
Today, Rep. Nancy Pelosi said "it may just be a coincidence" that House Republicans are going after Attorney General Eric Holder for contempt of Congress at the same time Holder is refusing to defend laws he doesn’t like (emphasis added):
“For over 200 days, we tried, we tried, and we tried to resolve the situation. And when we could not, we brought it to the floor- two staff people at the White House. In stark contrast to the rush of one week to the next, for an unsubstantiated- not even factual- charge against the Attorney General of the United States.
“It may just be a coincidence- I don’t know- that the Attorney General of the United States, the chief legal officer of our country, has the responsibility to fight voter suppression, which is going on in our country; that he has refused to defend the constitutionality of DOMA [Defense of Marriage Act] because he doesn’t believe it’s constitutional, or that he has major disagreements on immigration, which falls under immigration, enforcement of immigration law.
“It may just be a coincidence that those are part of his responsibilities, or maybe it isn’t,” Pelosi said.
Following Pelosi’s comments, the House voted (255-67) that Holder is, indeed, in contempt of Congress.