U.S. Attorney General Held in Contempt

By: AP
By: AP
For the first time in history, Congress passes a resolution holding the the U.S. Attorney General, Eric Holder, in contempt for his refusal to hand over certain documents related to a sting operation on gun trafficking.

Attorney General Eric holder speaks to reporters following his meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 19, 2012. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. House of Representatives votes to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress over the botched gun-tracking operation known as Fast and Furious.
This is the first time in U.S. History the Attorney General has been held in contempt of Congress.
A criminal contempt resolution sends the matter to the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, who is under Holder.
A civil contempt resolution allows the House to go to court to try to force Holder to turn over certain documents the Oversight committee is requesting.
The House is unlikely to get the documents anytime soon, because President Barack Obama has invoked executive privilege, which protects internal documents in executive branch agencies from disclosure.
Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa says closure is needed for the family of a U.S. border agent who was killed in a firefight with Mexican bandits in 2010. Two guns from Fast and Furious were found at the scene.

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