U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder http://wfpl.org en Kentucky Democrats Differ on Holder Contempt Vote http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-democrats-differ-holder-contempt-vote <p>The Democratic lawmakers in Kentucky&#39;s congressional delegation handled the contempt vote of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in the House very differently Thursday.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2012/06/28/politics/holder-contempt/index.html">House of Representatives voted 255-to-67 to hold Holder in contempt</a> for failing to turnover key documents tied to the controversial &quot;<a href="http://www.cnn.com/2012/06/22/politics/btn-fast-and-furious/index.html" target="_blank">Fast and Furious&quot; gun-running</a> operation. But the Obama administration has said the Justice Department has turned over 7,000 pages to Congress and called the vote a &quot;witch hunt.&quot;</p><p>Over a dozen Democrats joined the Republican majority, including Sixth District Congressman Ben Chandler of Lexington. He said holding Holder in contempt was more about oversight than politics.</p><div class="article_content"><p>From Chandler&#39;s office:</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;Throughout my time in Congress and as Attorney General of Kentucky, I have always supported the principle of public disclosure and been an advocate for open records regardless of which party is in power. I voted to hold Harriet Miers and Joshua Bolten in contempt while President Bush was in office, and even though some Republicans have turned this into a political circus, it is imperative that Congress is able to exercise its duties of oversight.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p> Fri, 29 Jun 2012 14:58:27 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 847 at http://wfpl.org McConnell, Paul Want Holder to Appoint Special Prosecutor Regarding Leak Investigation http://wfpl.org/post/mcconnell-paul-want-holder-appoint-special-prosecutor-regarding-leak-investigation <p>Joining a chorus of Republican lawmakers, Kentucky U.S. Senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul are requesting Attorney General Eric Holder immediately appoint a special prosecutor to investigate a series of national security leaks.</p><p>Last week, <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/06/attorney-general-eric-holder-appoints-federal-prosecutors-for-leak-investigations/">Holder announced two U.S. attorneys would lead the criminal investigation</a> into possible leaks that some GOP lawmakers have alleged originated in the White House. But President Obama has vehemently denied his administration revealed information about the president&#39;s terrorist &quot;kill lists&quot; and cyber-attacks against Iran&#39;s nuclear program.</p><p>Over 30 GOP Senators have signed a letter asking the attorney general to assign a special counsel who would be &quot;<span style="">free from the appearance of politics or undue influence,&quot; to investigate.</span> The circulated letter has the signature of many high-profiled lawmakers including Senators Jim DeMint of South Carolina, John Cornyn of Texas and Marco Rubio of Florida.</p><p>From the letter:</p><blockquote><p>Dear Attorney General Holder:</p><p>The numerous national security leaks reportedly originating out of the Executive Branch in recent months have been stunning.&nbsp; If true, they reveal details of some of our Nation&rsquo;s most highly classified and sensitive military and intelligence matters, thereby risking our national security, as well as the lives of American citizens and our allies. If there were ever a case requiring an outside special counsel with bipartisan acceptance and widespread public trust, this is it. Tue, 26 Jun 2012 17:37:35 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 802 at http://wfpl.org House Committee Cites Attorney General Holder For Contempt http://wfpl.org/post/house-committee-cites-attorney-general-holder-contempt Acting along partisan lines, with a vote of 23 to 17, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee voted this afternoon to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt. Wed, 20 Jun 2012 20:25:28 +0000 Mark Memmott 725 at http://wfpl.org House Committee Cites Attorney General Holder For Contempt