3 . . . 2 . . . 1 . . . racism!
WASHINGTON — A day after House Republicans made history by voting to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress, the Congressional Black Caucus on Friday forced the House to vote on a measure to scold Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) for his treatment of the nation’s top law enforcement official.
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) put forward a privileged resolution stating that Issa, the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, violated House rules during his handling of his months-long probe into the Justice Department’s botched “Fast and Furious” operation. A privileged resolution specifically applies when a lawmaker charges another with breaking rules relating to the dignity of the House or the reputation of its members.
Lee requested that the House clerk read aloud the entire resolution, which ticked off several instances in which Issa behaved in a way that Democrats say was out of line. Those instances included, per the resolution, publicly calling Holder “a liar” and demonstrating “unprofessional behavior” that could jeopardize investigations underway in Congress.
“The House of Representatives disapproves of the behavior of the chair for interfering with ongoing criminal investigations; insisting on a personal attack against the Attorney General of the United States; and for calling the Attorney General of the United States a liar on national television without corroborating evidence, thereby discredit to the integrity of the House,” the resolution concludes.