The White House is standing by Attorney General Eric Holder as the House prepares to vote on a resolution finding him in contempt of Congress next week for allegedly not complying with a subpoena seeking documents related to the botched ATF operation known as Fast and Furious.
"The president has full confidence in the attorney general," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Thursday. "We have been and will continue to engage in an effort to resolve this and await a demonstration of an interest to resolve this in a way that isn't all about political theater."
Separately, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) told reporters he thought Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) was grasping for a scalp because -- despite declaring Obama “one of the most corrupt presidents in modern times" -- he has failed to make any big waves as chairman of the House Oversight Committee.
"I believe it's a show of frustration on behalf of chairman Issa -- that he was going to come in and get all this oversight of the Obama administration," Hoyer told reporters, according to TPM's Brian Beutler.