House Schedules Contempt Vote for Eric Holder

Attorney general faces questions over 'Fast and Furious' debacle
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 11, 2012 12:28 PM CDT
House Schedules Contempt Vote for Eric Holder
Attorney General Eric Holder speaks at the League of Women Voters National Convention in Washington, Monday, June 11, 2012.   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

(Newser) – A House committee looking into the flawed gun-smuggling probe known as Operation Fast and Furious will consider holding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress next week for failing to produce some documents the panel is seeking, officials announced today. The committee has scheduled a contempt vote for June 20. To date, the Justice Department has produced 7,600 pages of documents for the committee.

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"The Justice Department is out of excuses," John Boehner charged today. House oversight chair Darrell Issa said Congress has an obligation "to investigate unanswered questions about attempts to smear whistleblowers, failures by Justice Department officials to be truthful and candid with the congressional investigation and the reasons for the significant delay in acknowledging reckless conduct in Operation Fast and Furious." (Read more Fast and Furious stories.)

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