Florida Republican Rep. Allen West said liberal Democrats in Congress — including many members of the Congressional Black Caucus — who walked out on the bipartisan votes to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in criminal and civil contempt of Congress did so because Holder is black.
“Today the Congressional Black Caucus and other liberal Members of Congress judged the Attorney General by the color of his skin, and not by the content of his character,” West said of their walkout in a Facebook post. “I am disappointed my colleagues would rather engage in a political stunt to distract the American people from knowing the truth behind the Attorney General’s disregard of the law and disrespect of congressional oversight to provide requested documents.”
On Thursday 17 Democrats joined all but two House Republicans to vote to hold Holder in criminal contempt of Congress. And 21 Democrats joined all House Republicans to vote to hold Holder in civil contempt of Congress. (SEE ALSO: GOP congressman who voted ‘no’ on criminal contempt demands Holder’s resignation)
Despite the bipartisan support to hold Holder in criminal and civil contempt of Congress, President Barack Obama’s White House and some congressional Democrats claim that the effort was political.
West said that’s hardly the case — as Holder has only provided Congress with 7,600 pages of documents, many of which have been redacted or fully blacked out, out more than 140,000 pages the DOJ has identified internally related to Operation Fast and Furious.
“Lady Justice wears a blindfold because she represents objectivity — in that justice is or should be meted out objectively, without fear or favor, regardless of identity, money, power, gender or race,” West said.