WASHINGTON -- As the Republican-led House voted to hold Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. in contempt on Thursday, Democrats led by the Congressional Black Caucus walked out in protest.
Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco), the minority leader, joined the walkout, moving down the steps of the Capitol arm in arm with Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), the legendary civil rights leader. In all, 108 Democrats did not vote.
“This is not about oversight, this is about overkill,” Rep. James E. Clyburn (D-S.C.) said. “There is something evil about using the processes of the House to further political aims.”
Pelosi said that “what is happening on the floor of the House is a misuse of power” and a distraction from her preferred focus of “jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs.”