Holder, Issa To Meet About ‘Fast And Furious’ Before Possible Contempt Vote

Source: Terry Frieden and Deirdre Walsh / CNN

Washington – U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is expected to meet with a House committee chairman Tuesday about turning over documents that might postpone a contempt vote for the nation’s top prosecutor.

Holder and Rep. Darrell Issa, R-California, are scheduled to meet to discuss Issa’s demand for more documents relating to “Operation Fast and Furious,” a federal firearms investigation that allowed hundreds of guns to reach Mexican drug gangs. Issa is the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

Issa has offered to postpone a contempt vote if Holder followed through on an earlier pledge to turn over some of the documents, but Holder said Monday that he wasn’t willing to deliver the records before a meeting and wanted key Democrats to take part.

In a letter back to Holder late Monday, Issa said he won’t be able to decide whether to put off the scheduled vote on a contempt motion without seeing the documents beforehand. And he complained that the Justice Department has failed to turn over a record of what documents it is refusing to hand over and why.

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