June 20th, 2012
01:29 AM ET

Holder may face contempt vote if documents not surrendered

The House Oversight Committee could proceed Wednesday in considering a contempt measure against U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder unless he provides at least some of the documents the committee has sought in relation to Operation Fast and Furious, a botched federal firearms sting operation that allowed weapons to reach Mexican drug gangs.

A showdown meeting Tuesday between Eric Holder and committee chairman Rep. Darrell Issa, R-California, failed to resolve their dispute.

"We are disappointed," Issa told reporters after the meeting. "We never expected to get all the documents. Our hope was and still is that later this evening we'll get the documents."

Holder said he offered to provide the documents to Issa on the condition that Issa provided his assurance that doing so would satisfy two committee subpoenas and resolve the dispute.


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  1. francois2012


    June 20, 2012 at 2:53 am | Report abuse |
  2. Word

    and we can't say the word "doc.uments" without running into the filter. Good job putting this article where people can make comments only to find they are unable. Yeah. Real good job there, Butch. You drive away readers. CNN is lowering itself slowly but surely into the position of being ripe for a hostile takeover. Look for new faces after the merger / acquisition and update your CV just in case you miss the restructuring boat.

    June 20, 2012 at 5:05 am | Report abuse |
  3. Jazzhands

    See the attorney general defy the law! He knows where the bodies are buried (figuratively of course) and they will not be able to get rid of him. He's a Bush appointee and very dense about certain things and has powerful friends with guns.

    June 20, 2012 at 5:27 am | Report abuse |
  4. Lars

    Contempt? What's that, some harsh words, a slap on the wrist? He IS the law. Or, slightly above it.

    June 20, 2012 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
  5. monkeyjunction

    They wouldn't dare charge him. Can you imagine the nation seeing an AFRICAN AMERICAN attorney general hauled away in handcuffs? Wow.

    June 20, 2012 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  6. Ancient Texan

    Since Obama has awarded Holder's stonewalling coverup of the program of Fast and Furious the cover of Executive Priviledge, now we know that there is indeed a HUGE Watergate type coverup underway. Could it be that the project originated in the Oval Office?

    June 20, 2012 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  7. monkeyjunction


    June 20, 2012 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  8. monkeyjunction

    Comments don' seem to be loading

    June 20, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Stand for something

    I wish mr.holder was my friend

    June 20, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |