House Panel Holds Eric Holder in Contempt

  • Aired:  06/20/12
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House member Darrell Issa considers holding Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for withholding documents concerning the administration's role in gun sales to Mexican drug lords. (3:06)

( THEME SONG PLAYING )

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

>> Jon: WELCOME TO "THE DAILY SHOW." MY NAME IS JON STEWART.

WE HAVE A PROGRAM FOR YOU TONIGHT.

WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A VISIT FROM OUR GOOD FRIEND AND NOTED AUTHOR STEVE CARELL.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE) BUT FIRST, BREAKING NEWS.

IT IS SO (BLEEP)ING HOT TODAY.

(LAUGHTER) I DON'T HAVE A FOLLOWUP TO THAT.

(LAUGHTER) BREAKING NEWS CONCERNING THE ONGOING INVESTIGATION INTO THE

ADMINISTRATION'S FAST AND FURIOUS PROGRAM WHICH FROM 2009 TO 2011 SOLD AMERICAN GUNS TO

MEXICAN DRUG LORDS SO THAT THE DRUG LORDS... COULD... SHOOT...

PEOPLE?

OR PERHAPS ACCIDENTALLY THEMSELVES?

THE WHITE HOUSE WAS ON A HIGH AFTER CASH FOR CLUNKERS AND THIS PROGRAM MIGHT HAVE JUST GOTTEN

AWAY FROM THEM, I DON'T KNOW.

(LAUGHTER) THE HOUSE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE HAS BEEN INVESTIGATING THE DEBACLE BUT ATTORNEY GENERAL

ERIC HOLDER HAS REFUSED TO TURN OVER SOME 80,000 DOCUMENTS THAT CHAIRMAN DARRELL ISSA HAS

DEMANDED SITING AS GROUNDS THAT THEY NEED THE PAPERS TO GIFT WRAP OTHER WEAPONS FOR AN

EXCITING NEW PRISON PROGRAM CHRISTMAS GUNS FOR CONVICTS.

(LAUGHTER) YOU KNOW, I'M SURE THERE'S A LOT OF BULL (BLEEP) PARTISAN TYPE

INVESTIGATIONS THAT GO ON ON CAPITOL HILL, MANY OF THEM DESIGNED TO MERELY TIE UP OR

DAMAGE THE ADMINISTRATION, BUT HERE'S THE THING: THE A.T.F. DID

SEND A BUNCH OF GUNS TO MEXICAN DRUG GANGS.

ONE OF THOSE GUNS WAS USED TO KILL A U.S. BORDER AGENT.

SO YOU KNOW IF HOLDER DIDN'T TURN OVER THE DOCUMENTS THIS WAS COMING.

>> THE COMMITTEE MEETS TODAY TO CONSIDER REPORTING A RESOLUTION

TO THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES FINDING THE ATTORNEY GENERAL ERIC HOLDER, JR., IN CONTEMPT OF CONGRESS.

>> Jon: OW.

THAT'S GOT TO STING.

CONGRESS HOLDING SOMETHING ELSE IN CONTEMPT.

(LAUGHTER) IT'S LIKE WHEN YOU GIVE A DOG A BANANA AND THEY GO "I DON'T EAT

THAT." AND YOU'RE LIKE "YOU LICK YOUR BALLS BUT A BANANA IS BENEATH YOU?"

(LAUGHTER) SERIOUSLY, WHY WON'T DOGS EAT BANANAS?

IS THAT JUST MY DOG?

IT WON'T EAT BANANAS.

DO YOUR DOGS EAT BANANAS?

YEAH, DOGS HATE (BLEEP)ING BANANAS.

WHAT ARE WE TALKING ABOUT?

(LAUGHTER) BACK TO THE ATTORNEY GENERAL AND THE PROGRAM WHERE THEY SOLD GUNS TO MEXICAN DRUG LORDS.

I GUESS THEY'RE GOING TO HAVE TO TURN THOSE DOCUMENTS OVER.

UNLESS...

>> PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS ENTERED THE FRAY AND ASSERTED EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE OVER THE DOCUMENTS

THAT HAVE BEEN REQUESTED BY CONGRESSMAN ISSA.

>> PRESIDENT BUSH ASSERTED SIX EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGES.

PRESIDENT CLINTON EXERTED 14.

AND THIS IS PRESIDENT OBAMA'S FIRST EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE.

>> Jon: OH, THE FIRST INVOKING OF THE EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE.

A HALLOWED RITE OF PASSAGE.

LIKE A PRESIDENCY'S BAR MITZVAH.

(LAUGHTER) MAZEL TOV, MR. PRESIDENT.

TODAY YOU ARE AN

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