In Fast and Furious, federal agents from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Top: U.S. President Barack Obama; Bottom left: Attorney General Eric Holder; Bottom Right: Committee chairman Rep. Darrell Issa. Firearms and Explosives in Arizona abandoned the agency’s usual practice of intercepting all weapons they believed to be illicitly purchased. Instead, the goal was to track such weapons to high-level arms traffickers, who had long eluded prosecution, and to dismantle their networks
WASHINGTON — Republicans escalated a high-profile clash with President Barack Obama in a case of a botched gun-running investigation by voting Wednesday to hold his attorney general in contempt for failing to turn over Justice Department documents.
A majority Republican committee in the House of Representatives voted to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress, in a 23-17 party-line vote.
The vote followed a decision by Obama earlier in the day to assert the rarely-used presidential power of executive privilege for the first time in his administration in order to protect the confidentiality of the documents.
The committee wants documents that explain how the department learned of problems with the Operation Fast and Furious probe along the Mexican border. But Obama decided to withhold them. “The president has asserted executive privilege,” Deputy Attorney General James Cole said in a letter to committee chairman Rep. Darrell Issa.
As the committee’s hearing began, Issa called the president’s action “an untimely” assertion of the privilege, which the White House says presidents have asserted just 25 times since 1980.
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