House finds Atty. Gen. Eric Holder in contempt of Congress
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WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives found Eric H. Holder Jr. in contempt of Congress on Thursday, creating a bitter political break between two branches of government and sending it to the courts to decide whether the attorney general must release internal records dealing with Fast and Furious.
The votes approved in the Republican-controlled House covered two contempt of Congress citations — one as a criminal matter referring the issue to the U.S. attorney’s office in Washington
for prosecution, the other authorizing the House
to hire a special attorney to bring a civil lawsuit.
Both, if successful, would force Holder to turn over 1,500 pages of material dealing with how he and other Justice Department officials dealt with the scandal over the gun-tracking case after it became public. Republicans allege that there has been a cover-up to hide the department’s involvement. How far they will get remains uncertain, as President Obama has asserted executive privilege in keeping the documents under seal.
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