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Long Statement on Holder Contempt of Congress Vote


Location: Washington, DC

"Today's vote could have been avoided if Attorney General Holder had simply complied with the House investigation into the failed gun sting known as Operation Fast and Furious, which resulted in the murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry along with untold Mexican citizens. We owe it to Brian's family and the American public to investigate the reckless actions of this administration that contributed to Brian's death and armed Mexican drug cartels."

Today's vote was the result of the Justice Department's failure to cooperate with the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee's investigation into Operation Fast and Furious. To date the Justice Department has only turned over 7,600 pages but has denied investigators more than 90 percent of all the documents that have been identified as related to Operation Fast and Furious. The contempt vote is Congress' only mechanism to ensure its constitutionally mandated oversight powers are honored since Holder has refused to release documents subpoenaed by the committee.

The case will now be referred to the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia for enforcement of the subpoena.

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