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Eric Holder to Meet Face-to-Face With Darrell Issa Tuesday to Discuss 'Fast and Furious


“We expect that this extraordinary accommodation will fully address the remaining concerns that you and House Leadership have identified..."

Attorney General Eric Holder has agreed to meet with Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and other lawmakers Tuesday evening where he will supposedly provide additional documents relating to operation "Fast and Furious" that his administration previously withheld, CNN reports.

However, Holder now wants top congressional Democrats involved in the meeting including Pat Leahy (D-Vermont), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and the ranking Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.).

(Related: Eric Holder Buckles Under Threat of Contempt Charges, Agrees to Provide More 'Fast and Furious' Documents)

If Holder follows through with his offer, the meeting will take place the day before the House Oversight Committee is scheduled to consider a vote on whether or not to hold the attorney general in contempt.

Issa, the chairman of the House committee, in a letter last Wednesday told Holder could postpone the vote if he turned over the documents. Further, he told the attorney general that he wanted the documents in question turned over before the scheduled meeting and also said that Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) – one of Holder's harshest critics – should attend.

(Related: Read Darrell Issa's Ultimatum to Eric Holder)

Though Holder agreed to a Tuesday meeting in a letter on Monday, he also said he would not provide the documents before the meeting as Issa requested.

More from CNN:

Justice officials and Issa's committee have been battling for months over the materials sought by the chairman, with Issa accusing the attorney general of stonewalling the investigation into Fast and Furious.

The Justice Department says it already has handed over more than 7,000 pages of records to House investigators, and says the remaining material Issa wants could jeopardize criminal prosecutions.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives launched Operation Fast and Furious out of Arizona to track weapons purchases by Mexican drug cartels.

However, it lost track of more than 1,000 firearms that the agency had allowed straw buyers to carry across the border, and two of the lost weapons turned up at the scene of the killing of a U.S. Border Patrol agent.

Issa and Grassley have accused Holder and other top Justice Department officials of withholding requested documents and misleading them about when they first learned of the program.

Holder recently called the contempt charges being threatened against him an "impending constitutional crisis," but the attorney general is hoping this last-ditch effort will be enough to at least delay the charges.

“We expect that this extraordinary accommodation will fully address the remaining concerns that you and House Leadership have identified in your written and oral communications to the Department over the last few weeks,” Holder wrote in a separate letter to Issa last week.

Issa remains skeptical.

“While I do have substantial concerns that these documents may not be sufficient to allow the committee to complete its investigation, delivery of these documents to the committee before the scheduled consideration of contempt at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 20, 2012, would be sufficient to justify the postponement of the proceeding to allow for the review of materials," Issa wrote on Friday.

This story has been updated.

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