Eric Holder showdown
Washington (CNN) — Unless lawmakers on a House panel reach a compromise with Attorney General Eric Holder, next week may bring an unprecedented showdown: Congress holding a sitting attorney general in contempt.
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee recommended Wednesday that Holder be cited for contempt of Congress for failing to turn over documents relating to the botched Fast and Furious weapons sting operation. The committee measure now goes to the full House for consideration.
The vote ended an extraordinary daylong hearing that took place after President Barack Obama asserted executive privilege over some documents sought by the panel investigating Fast and Furious. The White House move means the Department of Justice can withhold some of the documents.
“Unless the attorney general re-evaluates his choice and supplies the promised documents, the House will vote to hold him in contempt next week,” said a statement by the chamber’s Republican leaders. “If, however, Attorney General Holder produces these documents prior to the scheduled vote, we will give the (committee) an opportunity to review in hopes of resolving this issue.”