Drama during House contempt vote

The House voted to hold former White House counsel Harriet Miers and chief of staff Josh Bolton in contempt of Congress, citing their refusal to turn over documents relating to the inquiry over possible political motivations for the firing of nine U.S. attorneys under Attorney General Alberto Gonzales’s Justice Department tenure.

But before the vote, a group of GOP lawmakers walked out in protest, saying that the time would be better spent working on the surveillance bill than voting on contempt charges for the Bush confidantes, according to the Associated Press.

In the first full-chamber House contempt vote in 25 years, the representatives voted 223-32 to hold Bolton and Miers in contempt. The White House has said that it would not direct the justice department to pursue the Congressional contempt citation.

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