Washington • All three of Utah's House members voted to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress on Thursday, arguing the move was necessary to hold the administration accountable.
Reps. Jason Chaffetz and Rob Bishop voted with their Republican colleagues to condemn Holder and were joined by Democratic Rep. Jim Matheson, one of 17 members of his party to break ranks and support the measure. The House passed the contempt citation 255-67, with more than 100 Democrats boycotting the action.
"This is not about Eric Holder, but this is about the Department of Justice and justice in the United States of America," said Chaffetz who took the House floor on Thursday in an angry diatribe over the department's refusal to surrender all requested documents in an investigation of the Fast & Furious program. The DOJ has pointed out that it has turned over more than 7,600 pages to Congress.