After the U.S. House of Representatives voted to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said Thursday on CNBC that there was the “impression” of a cover-up.
“He hasn’t explained why there was a misrepresentation — or, if you want, a lie — to the Congress whether there was knowledge of this Fast and Furious program. There clearly was a letter sent to Congress that was false. There was knowledge of this,” Giuliani on “The Kudlow Report.”
“Congress has a right to explore who knew, who authorized. If they would just comply and answer, you wouldn’t be in this situation. I have no idea why they’re being this obstreperous about it.”
The House voted 255-67 in favor of censuring, for the first time, a sitting Cabinet member. More than 100 Democrats boycotted the vote.
The move came after Holder refused to hand over without any preconditions documents pertaining to Operation Fast and Furious, which allowed hundreds of guns to be smuggled from Arizona to Mexico, according to The Associated Press.
Asked by host Larry Kudlow if the Obama administration’s actions meant there was a cover-up, Giuliani said, “I have no idea.”
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“They’re giving the impression that there is. That doesn’t always mean that there is, but they’re certainly giving the impression that there is,” he added.
The National Rifle Association pressed hard for the contempt resolution, according to the AP. Holder called the vote a politically motivated act in an election year.