June 20th, 2012
08:32 PM ET

Congressional committee finds U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt

A Republican-led House committee voted today to find Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress, making him the highest-ranking U.S. government official to face that charge in over 14 years.

This was the result of a more than 18-month investigation by the House committee into the Department of Justice's botched "Fast and Furious" gun running program, which was designed to track guns as they made their way through Mexican drug cartels. The vote came down on party lines.

But President Obama ventured into the fray for the first time today, invoking Executive Privilege to prevent Holder from having to provide certain documents to the committee. How does his involvement change the picture? Erin Burnett breaks it down with John Avlon, Michael Waldman, and David Frum.

Filed under: Crime • Politics
June 20th, 2012
08:32 PM ET

Defense rests in Sandusky trial; closing arguments begin tomorrow

The defense rested in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse trial today without Sandusky taking the stand.

Legal experts have been debating since the trial began whether or not Sandusky would testify; in the end, the jury never heard directly from Sandusky himself.

Erin Burnett talks to legal contributor Paul Callan and HLN's Jean Casarez about how the defense wrapped up their case today and what to expect from the closing arguments.

Filed under: Crime
June 20th, 2012
08:03 PM ET

Parents charged with killing daughter's pimp

A mother and father have been charged with gunning down a man they claim was acting as their runaway teenage daughter's pimp.

The pair have been accused of trying to kill 22-year-old Calvin Sneed on two separate occasions, succeeding on the second attempt. Sneed was shot in the head while driving in San Francisco in the early morning hours of June 4.

Attorneys for the pair claim they are innocent, while friends and family say they tried to rescue their daughter through a myriad of legal ways.

The couple appeared in court today, just a day after a Grand Jury decided a Texas father would not face charges for beating his daughter's molester to death. Is this another case of vigilante justice?

Filed under: Crime
June 20th, 2012
08:02 PM ET

Is Norquist's anti-tax pledge losing GOP support?

Grover Norquist and his anti-tax pledge have been recognized as one of the most powerful forces in Washington.

But is there a rebellion brewing in the GOP? At least a dozen Republican representatives and eight senators have come out against the pledge recently. Norquist is headed for Capitol Hill tomorrow, but tonight, he comes OutFront to discuss his views with Erin Burnett and John Avlon.

Filed under: Economy • Politics
June 20th, 2012
07:35 PM ET

Bernanke calls on Congress to provide stability

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's news conference today wasn't exactly full of surprises. Though he announced the extension of a stimulus program, he was cautious about our country's economic recovery or his ability to do much more.

Instead, he called on Congress to provide the political stability on which a sound, long-term economic policy could be built. But can we afford to wait for that to happen? Erin Burnett discusses with economists Stephen Moore and Robert Reich.

Filed under: Economy
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