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House Committee Schedules Vote on Whether to Hold Eric Holder in Contempt


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The House Oversight Committee will vote next week on whether to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for failing to turn over subpoenaed documents related to the Fast and Furious investigation.

If the measure passes through committee, it will then likely go to the full House for a vote. The news was first reported by CBS.

The Justice Department has insisted it has cooperated with the congressional investigation, turning over tens of thousands of documents and having Holder testify at hearings, most recently last week. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), one of the leaders of the investigation, said there are still tens of thousands of documents that have yet to be handed over, according to CBS.

"The Obama Administration has not asserted Executive Privilege or any other valid privilege over these materials and it is unacceptable that the Department of Justice refuses to produce them. These documents pertain to Operation Fast and Furious, the claims of whistleblowers, and why it took the Department nearly a year to retract false denials of reckless tactics," Issa said in a statement announcing the vote, according to CBS.

Issa said the Justice Department can still put a stop to the contempt process by turning over the documents.

According to Fox News, the Republican leadership approved the committee's move.

Issa first circulated a draft copy of the resolution laying out the contempt case for Holder in May.

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