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Clay Says Inspector General's Report on "Fast & Furious" Confirms that Attorney General Holder Never Misled Congress, Contempt Citation was Politically Motivated, Outrageous Abuse of Power

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Congressman Wm. Lacy Clay (D) Missouri welcomed the findings of the Justice Department Inspector General's Report released today which substantiates the testimony of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee regarding when he became aware of the ill-conceived "Fast and Furious" gun-walking program.

Mr. Clay, who strongly opposed the outrageous and unprecedented contempt citation against the Attorney General said, "Today's report by the Inspector General confirms that the contempt citation was an outrageous, politically-driven abuse of power, not based in fact, but based on a preconceived notion of guilt. The IG report shows that Attorney General Holder testified truthfullyandhe never misled Congress. When the Majority abuses its power for partisan purposes, as was clearly the case in this instance, facts are not found, justice is not served, and the confidence of the American people in their government is undermined."

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