June 11, 2012
A House committee will vote next week on holding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress, a rare act that steps up a months-long confrontation between Republicans and the Obama administration’s top law enforcement official.
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, chaired by California Republican Darrell Issa, is seeking a trove of documents detailing the Fast and Furious program — a botched operation that provided guns to Mexican cartels, resulting in the deaths of several U.S. agents — according to House Republican aides involved in the planning.
“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,” Issa said in a statement. “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.”
The committee vote will be June 20. It was first reported by CBSNews.com.