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June 28, 2012

House Votes to Hold Holder in Contempt

The House of Representatives voted to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress over the "Fast and Furious" investigation. The vote was 255-67, with 17 Democrats voting in support of a criminal contempt resolution.

Roll Call: "The stage is now set for a protracted court battle over whether the Justice Department can shield internal documents under executive privilege."

New York Times: "Democrats dismissed the effort as an election-year witch hunt. They said previously disclosed documents and testimony had established that Fast and Furious was the work of Arizona-based law enforcement officials who were frustrated by the difficulty of bringing low-level gun cases, and they contended that Republicans were seeking to embarrass Mr. Holder for political reasons."

The Fix: "And yet, for all of that amped-up oratory from top leaders in their respective parties, the likely effect of today's vote... is to convince people that all the bad things they think about Congress are, well, true."


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