House Oversight Committee Votes 23-17 To Hold A.G. Eric Holder In Contempt Of Congress
The House Oversight Committee has voted to find U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress after refusing to surrender documents relating to the Fast and Furious gun walking scandal. The contempt charge will now head to the full House of Representatives for a vote.
President Barack Obama invoked executive privilege on Tuesday night to withhold documents relating to Fast and Furious.
The poorly administered operation cost the lives of an unknown number of Mexican civilians as well as the life of American border agent Brian Terry.
Democrats have accused Congressional Republicans of playing politics with the Fast and Furious case. Some Congressional Democrats, including House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), have said that the charge of contempt against Holder is motivated by the political need to tarnish the Obama White House ahead of the presidential election in November.
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