On Thursday, Rep. Allen West (R-FL) blasted Democrats for walking out of the contempt vote against Attorney General Eric Holder.
“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,” he wrote on his Facebook page.
“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,” he added.
On Thursday, the House voted 255-67 to hold Eric Holder in contempt of Congress, despite the walk-out staged by over 100 Democrats, including 42 members of the Congressional Black Caucus.
The Hill reported that House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi “tweeted that it was a ‘hyper-political contempt vote,’” while Democratic leaders called it a “political witch hunt” against the Obama administration.
Earlier in the month, Pelosi claimed the contempt vote was part of a vast plot to stop the Attorney General in his fight against voter suppression, a charge that earned the former House Speaker ridicule from Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC).
“I don’t know what was wrong with her when she said that. But I would schedule an appointment with my doctor if she thinks that we are doing this to suppress votes this fall. That is mind-numbingly stupid,” he said.
West, the only Republican in the Black Caucus, voted with the majority to hold the Attorney General in contempt.
“I stood on the House floor and cast my vote for Justice–Justice for Brian Terry, Justice for the American people and Justice for our Constitutional Republic,” he wrote.
Brian Terry was a Border Patrol agent killed by one of the weapons allowed to get in the hands of criminals as a result of the Fast and Furious gun-walking operation.
The Justice Department decided Friday to shield Holder from criminal prosecution stemming from the contempt vote.
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