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Congressman Marchant Votes to Hold Attorney General Holder in Contempt


Location: Washington, DC

Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24) issued the following statement after voting to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for his refusal to produce documents related to Operation Fast and Furious:

"Today's vote to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt is about justice and public trust. For more than a year, Congress has requested that the Department of Justice release documents for its investigation into Operation Fast and Furious, yet Holder has refused to comply and even misled Congress. The Operation resulted in the death of at least one border patrol agent, Brian Terry, and hundreds of Mexican citizens. The public and the family of Brian Terry deserve answers.

"While I hoped that Holder would have complied with the investigation or resigned, he instead sought help from the White House to obstruct the investigation. Why the continuing cover-up? No one is above the law -- not even our nation's top law enforcement officer -- which is why today's vote in the House was necessary. I applaud the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform's work on this issue."

In November 2011, Congressman Marchant called for the resignation of Attorney General Eric Holder and for the investigation into the Department of Justice providing misleading information to Congress. Congressman Marchant is a cosponsor of H.Res.490, a House resolution expressing no confidence in Eric Holder as Attorney General

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