Ohio representative Steven LaTourette (R, OH-14), was one of only two republicans to vote against holding Eric Holder in criminal contempt of congress over the Fast and Furious gun running scandal.  From Buckeye Firearms Association’s July 6th article on the scandal:

[box]Lost in the chaos that ensued over Justice John Roberts’ decision to join the liberals and uphold Obamacare last Thursday morning was news of what occurred that very afternoon. Namely, that for the first time in American history, a sitting Attorney General was found by the United States House of Representatives to be in contempt of Congress. The vote came as a result of Eric Holder’s refusal to comply with a subpoena requiring him to release documents related to the BATFE’s gun-walking operation known as Fast & Furious, and in spite of an eleventh-hour claim of executive privilege by President Barack Obama.

Not only was the vote margin substantial (255-67 for criminal contempt and 258-95 for civil contempt), it was also bi-partisan. Seventeen Democrats joined the Republican majority in voting for the resolution to find Holder in contempt of Congress.

Among those who did NOT vote to find Holder in criminal contempt were two Ohio Congressmen who have in the past had the support of the National Rifle Association as well as Buckeye Firearms Association: Tim Ryan (D) and Steve LaTourette (R). Both must now face to their pro-gun constituency at the ballot box in November, and the NRA has announced that it will scoring the vote when it evaluates candidates for grades and endorsements.[/box]

As the Buckeye Firearms Association article indicates, there were actually two votes made for Holder’s contempt, one criminal contempt vote and one civil contempt vote.

According to the News-Herald, LaTourette’s reason for voting against criminal contempt and in favor of  civil contempt was as follows:

Ohio Congressman Steven LaTourette (R, OH-14)

I voted ‘no’ on the first and ‘yes’ on the second. To be clear, I absolutely believe that Attorney General Holder has no justification for withholding properly subpoenaed documents.  How to get him to comply is another matter.

Congress can achieve its goal of getting to the bottom of Fast and Furious without turning Holder into a martyr for the Left.

There will be plenty of time to prosecute, remove from office or force the (Attorney General) to resign if the facts indicate it is appropriate. My vote of ‘yes’ on the second resolution will ensure that occurs.

Washington has enough political theater and I would rather have a judge compel the Attorney General to hand over the documents and take whatever action those documents indicate is appropriate

Under civil contempt the most a court could do after lengthy pre-trial proceedings would be to issue an order compelling Holder to produce the documents requested, which would of course not occur until after the election, if at all.

Under criminal contempt, a U.S. Attorney, which reports to the U.S. Attorney General, would have to take the initiative to charge Holder. If the charge were successfully prosecuted, the court could order punitive damages to Holder such as jail time. However, U.S. Deputy Attorney General James Cole has already informed House Speaker John Boehner that his department will be taking no action to prosecute Attorney General Holder.

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