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House Oversight Committee schedules contempt of Congress vote against Eric Holder

By Doug Powers  •  June 11, 2012 04:29 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

The contempt of Congress vote on Eric “I wasn’t referring to that Fast & Furious” Holder is set for next Wednesday:

CBS News has learned the House Oversight Committee will vote next week on whether to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress. It’s the fourth time in 30 years that Congress has launched a contempt action against an executive branch member.

This time, the dispute stems from Holder failing to turn over documents subpoenaed on October 12, 2011 in the Fast and Furious “gunwalking” investigation.

The Justice Department has maintained it has cooperated fully with the congressional investigation, turning over tens of thousands of documents and having Holder testify to Congress on the topic at least eight times.

However, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., says the Justice Department has refused to turn over tens of thousands of pages of documents. Those include materials created after Feb. 4, 2011, when the Justice Department wrote a letter to Congress saying no gunwalking had occurred. The Justice Department later retracted the denial.

More from the Daily Caller:

Holder has demonstrably failed to comply with all 22 parts of a congressional subpoena that Issa served him last October. With respect to 13 of the subpoena’s categories, Holder has provided no documents. He remains far from compliant with regard to the other subpoena categories as well.

Because of Holder’s failure to comply, Issa and others have threatened contempt of Congress proceedings against him. Since Holder again failed to offer any legal reasoning for his continued defiance of the subpoena last Thursday before the House Judiciary Committee, it appears House leaders are getting to move with those contempt proceedings.

After the Oversight Committee would vote to hold him in contempt – which it appears as though it would – a full House floor vote would likely be scheduled. When recently asked whether he supports contempt against Holder, House Speaker John Boehner said he thinks “all options are on the table.”

The last US Attorney General to be cited for contempt was Janet Reno in 1998, but in spite of urban legend, it wasn’t payback for Reno overturning Dan Burton’s car in a fit of rage in the Capitol parking garage.

If Holder is cited as well, it wouldn’t be the only moment he’s shared with Reno.

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**Written by Doug Powers

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