House starts bitter debate on Holder contempt resolutions

"This motion that's going to come forward will not have bipartisan support of this member because it's not done in a partisan manner," she said. "It's done in a hateful manner."

Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) mirrored other Democrats who said the House is wasting its time on the resolutions, since they will not help the GOP find information related to the death of U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry. Republicans argue that weapons involved in the administration's gun-walking program might have led to the death of Terry.

"To take action on this resolution is a gross misuse of this chamber's time and energy, given that the information requested by the chairman will shed no light on the person or persons responsible for the death of agent Brian Terry," Fudge said.

But Republicans argued that Holder's failure to comply with a subpoena request for documents means they have no choice but to find Holder in contempt.

"Despite what has been said here, it is the duty, obligation of this body to address a duly issued subpoena that has not been complied with," he said. "There has not been full compliance here."

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) responded to Democrats by hollering in the chamber, "What percentage of the truth do you want?

"Is 50 percent enough? Is that enough of the documents? Seventy-five percent? A third?" he asked.

"The truth, the whole truth, so help me God. That's what we ask witnesses to do, that's what we ask jurors to do, and that's not too much for us to ask the attorney general of the United States to do."