The politics surrounding ATF’s failed Operation Fast and Furious began to sizzle Wednesday, with Republicans leading the charge against Attorney Gen. Eric Holder Jr.
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, voting along party lines, voted 23 to 17 to hold Holder in contempt for failing to turn over documents pertaining to the ATF operation out of the Phoenix Division, the Washington Post reported.
The matter now goes before the full House, and then if passed, to the U.S. Attorney in D.C. for action.
Holder issued a press release calling the allegations untrue that he’s been unresponsive.
“Simply put, any claims that the Justice Department has been unresponsive to requests for information are untrue. From the beginning, Chairman Issa and certain members of the Committee have made unsubstantiated allegations first, then scrambled for facts to try to justify them later. That might make for good political theater, but it does little to uncover the truth or address the problems associated with this operation and prior ones dating back to the previous Administration.”
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