US House finds AG Holder in contempt Jamie Reese at 6:30 AM ET
[JURIST] The US House of Representatives [official website] voted Thursday and found US Attorney General Eric Holder [official profile] in contempt [H. Res. 711 materials] for failing to fully comply with subpoenas issued in regards to a failed gun trafficking investigation. Members of the House voted 255-67 [roll call] with 109 not voting, claiming it was politically motivated. The contempt of Congress citation [Cornell Law backgrounder; 2 USC §192] was both criminal and civil, with the criminal citation being sent to the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia [official website] and the civil allowing the House to go to court to retrieve the subpoenaed documents. The House is seeking documents [AP report] related to "Operation Fast and Furious" where tracked guns were permitted to travel from Arizona to Mexico in an attempt to stop weapons trafficking from higher-up dealers. President Obama invoked executive privilege on the subpoenaed documents. Holder responded [press release] to the vote stating, "Today's vote is the regrettable culmination of what became a misguided—and politically motivated—investigation during an election year," and stated he would continue to focus on the government's job of protecting the American people.
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