Which Democrats Are Voting 'Yes' On Holder Contempt
The House may vote on Thursday to cite Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress in connection to the Fast and Furious investigation. And although the vote will likely be largely split along party lines, some Democrats have said they're breaking ranks. Here's a list of such members, which we're updating:
Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., plans to vote yes, his press secretary confirmed to the Alley.
Rep. Jim Matheson, D-Utah, was the first to announce he's going with the Republicans on this one.
Rep. John Barrow, D-Ga., issued a statement announcing his "yes" vote on contempt. "While Republicans and Democrats argue over the scope of the people's right to know what happened, the Attorney General has decided to withhold relevant documents," he wrote.
Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.V., is voting yes, according to his office.
Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., has indicated he's told cite Holder in contempt, reports WECT, the NBC affiliate in Wilmington, N.C.
Who's voting no on the Holder contempt citation? Rep. Joe Baca, D-Calif., a Blue Dog Democrat and one of 31 Democratic members who signed a June 2011 letter to President Barack Obama expressing concerns over the investigation. In a statement, Baca writes that the Holder vote is a "truly embarrassing moment" in the House's history and "over the past 16 months Republicans have broken from House tradition, refusing to allow even one Democratic request for witnesses and hearings on this matter."
Meanwhile, both Democrats and Republicans are peddling conspiracy theories as to how we got to this point.