Statement by White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer on Attorney General Holder’s Contempt Vote in the U.S. House of Representatives
July 2, 2012
At the beginning of this year, Republicans announced one of their top priorities was to investigate the Administration and to ensure that President Obama was a one-term President. Despite the major economic challenges facing the country, they talked openly about devoting taxpayer-funded, Congressional oversight resources to political purposes.
problem of gunwalking was a field-driven tactic that dated back to the
George W. Bush Administration, and it was this Administration’s Attorney
General who ended it. Attorney General Holder has said repeatedly that
fighting criminal activity along the Southwest Border – including the
illegal trafficking of guns to Mexico – is a top priority of the
Department. Eric Holder has been an excellent Attorney General and just
yesterday the Chairman of the House Oversight Committee acknowledged
that he had no evidence – or even the suspicion – that the Attorney
General knew of the misguided tactics used in this operation.