Pelosi to join walkout on Holder contempt vote

"Perhaps that's the best approach for us to take," she said on the House floor. "How else can we impress upon the American people without scaring them about what is happening here?"

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Later in her remarks, she told her Democratic colleagues to do as they see fit, a sign that many more Democrats could walk out when the House votes.

"So now I say to those who have a doubt about how they want to proceed, that instead of doing what I said before — which was just to come and to treat this as a bill before the Congress and express my no — listening to the unconscionable presentation, I want to join my CBC colleagues in boycotting the vote when we have the walkout after we have the debate," she said.

Pelosi also leveled a veiled charge that Republicans are pushing for the vote against Holder because they disagree with Holder's efforts to fight voter suppression across the country.

"It may just be a coincidence, I don't know, that the attorney general of the United States … has the responsibility to fight voter suppression, which is going on in our country, that he has refused to defend the constitutionality of DOMA [the Defense of Marriage Act], because he doesn't believe it's constitutional," and that he has "major disagreements" on immigration policy.

"It may just be a coincidence that those are part of his responsibilities, or maybe it isn't," she said.

Republicans have rejected these charges, which Pelosi raised last week, and have said Pelosi is trying to change the subject from Holder and the Obama administration's refusal to comply with the subpoena for Fast and Furious documents.