Attorney General Eric Holder was held in criminal contempt of Congress on Thursday on a 255 to 67 vote. Holder is the first Attorney General in U.S. history to be held in contempt by a full house vote. On a separate vote, members of Congress voted 258 to 95 to approve a civil contempt charge against Holder.
While the mostly Republican-lead chamber of the House cast their votes, a sea of Democrats left the House floor in protest.
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“Shame on you! Shame on you!, Democratic members of Congress shouted outside of the House of Representatives.
In a statement, Holder expressed his disappointment saying the vote “is the regrettable culmination of what became a misguided – and politically motivated – investigation during an election year.”
House Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio said it was not political.