According to the Cornell University Law School, Congress has the authority "to hold a person in contempt if the person's conduct or action obstructs the proceedings of Congress or, more usually, an inquiry by a committee of Congress."
Thursday, the United States House of Representatives voted to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for his refusal to comply with a subpoena duly issued by the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
The subpoena was issued as part of the ongoing investigation into an operation known as "Fast and Furious."
Operation Fast and Furious involved agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) illegally selling guns to Mexican drug traffickers. Fast and Furious went horribly wrong after a U.S. Border Patrol Agent was killed and some of the guns sold by the ATF to the Mexicans were found near the murder scene.
Nine Georgia Congressmen --Jack Kingston, Lynn Westmoreland, Tom Price, Rob Woodall, Austin Scott, Tom Graves, Paul Broun, Phil Gingrey and John Barrow-- voted "Aye" to hold Holder in contempt of Congress.
There are some, however, who believe Thursday's contempt of Congress vote to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt for obstructing the proceedings of Congress, namely the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, racially motivated.
Playing the race card (pictured left), Eric Holder famously said, "This is a way to get at the president because of the way I can be identified with him, both due to the nature of our relationship and, you know, the fact that we're both African-American."
Al Sharpton, writing for the Huffington Post, claimed that Holder is "being profiled, stopped and searched." Sharpton went on to suggest that the United States Congress voted to hold Holder in contempt because of a deep-seated desire to put a high-ranking black man in his place.
Congress didn't hold Holder in contempt due to Holder's continued obstruction of congressional proceedings, suggests Sharpton. Congress held Holder in contempt because Holder is black.
The nine Georgia Congressmen who voted for the contempt resolution didn't do so to uphold the longstanding practice of individuals complying with congressional inquiries. They did so because they are so obviously racist, and hate the fact that a black man is the nation's chief law enforcement official.
This is the victim mentality that so many so-called black leaders use today to silence critics and stifle dissent. I'm so sick and tired of it.
When Congress issues a subpoena to any individual, white or black, it is imperative for that individual to comply with the subpoena.
Contrary to the beliefs of Eric Holder and Al Sharpton, this is not a race issue. This is not a civil rights issue. This is simply an attempt to discover the truth behind Operation Fast and Furious.
So why is Attorney General Eric Holder opposed to discovering the truth?