The Washington Times - June 21, 2012, 12:53PM

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says Republican attacks over Attorney General Eric H. Holder is a ploy to distract him from investigating voter suppression in states.

The California Democrat told reporters Thursday it was “no coincidence” that Mr. Holder — who House Republicans are pushing to hold in contempt over his refusal to turn over documents in the “Fast and Furious” gunrunning investigation — is also the official in charge of preventing voter suppression and enforcing civil rights laws.


Mrs. Pelosi called the GOP move a “shameful display of abuse of power.”

“Contempt of Congress? To frivolously use that really important vehicle to undermine the person who’s assigned to stop the voter suppression in our country, I’m telling you, this is connected. It is no accident,” she said.

Mrs. Pelosi said “the very same people who are holding him in contempt are part of a nationwide scheme to suppress the vote.”

She added that Republicans are closely allied with well-financed conservative special interest groups intent on “poisoning the debate.”