Attorney General Eric Holder was the focus of discussion across the Sunday show landscape, with Republicans leveling criticism and Democrats defending the head of the Justice Department.
"The attorney general has to ask himself the question, 'Is he really able to effectively serve the president of the United States and the American people under the present circumstances?' That's a decision he'd have to make," Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said on CBS's "Face The Nation."
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) suggested Sunday that President Obama might have been told about an investigation into former CIA director David Petraeus's affair before Election Day.
Rogers suggested that Attorney General Eric Holder may have told Obama informally, while emphasizing that he has no evidence to support that claim.
The House vote to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt for his withholding of documents related to Operation “Fast and Furious” brought brisk — and heated — rhetoric from the two parties.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) called the vote an “abuse of power”. House Speaker John Boehner (Ohio) said that “no Justice Department is above the law and no Justice Department is above the Constitution, which each of us has sworn an oath to uphold.”
And yet, for all of that amped-up oratory from top leaders in their respective parties, the likely effect of today’s vote — to the extent there is one — is to convince people that all the bad things they think about Congress are, well, true.
The fight over Operation “Fast and Furious” recommences this week, as Congress returns to Washington today with a contempt vote on Attorney General Eric Holder looming.
If both parties know what’s good for them, that vote will never happen. Why? In short, it’s a political loser for both sides that, if they choose to pursue it to its natural end, will wind up making both Democrats and Republicans look worse than people already think they are.