In June 2012, the GOP-controlled House voted to hold U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt for failing to provide some information regarding Operation Fast and Furious, a program that began under the Bush administration.
Earlier this month, Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder had a tense exchange during a House committee hearing that recalled the contempt vote, notes The Daily Caller (video below).
“I realize that contempt is not a big deal to our attorney general, but it is important that we have proper oversight,” said Gohmert. "Don't go there," replied Holder.
During an appearance on the Family Research Council’s Washington Watch radio show last Friday, Gohmert expressed eagerness in having Holder arrested (audio below), reports RightWingWatch.org.
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However, neither Gohmert or Family Research Council head Tony Perkins called for Bush White House aide Karl Rove to be arrested when he ignored a congressional subpoena in 2008, reported CNN.
"When you have someone like an attorney general who is in contempt of Congress, what can we do?" said Gohmert. "Someone in contempt of Congress comes waltzing into the House chamber and he’s in contempt of Congress as found by the Congress, what can be done?"
"I was told that actually you can pass a resolution directing the sergeant at arms to detain anyone who is in contempt of Congress until such time as they comply with the requirement that put him in contempt," added Gohmert. "In this case, they didn’t provide information from the Justice Department, they had it, they refused to provide it, we found him in contempt."
Later in the broadcast, Gohmert stated, "But apparently another option would be to direct a sergeant at arms, somebody comes into our jurisdiction at Capitol Hill, you restrain them until such time, and there is a cell there on Capitol Hill."