The House Government Oversight and Reform Committee voted Wednesday afternoon to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress. Lawmakers voted along party lines, with all 23 Republicans in favor, and 17 Democrats opposed. The contempt vote came as House Republicans said Holder had failed to turn over documents related to the botched Fast and Furious operation, in which federal law enforcement officials allowed drug cartels to smuggle guns into Mexico, hoping to track the weapons back to major cartel figures. (Instead, the guns were used in several drug-related killings.) Earlier Wednesday, President Obama invoked executive privilege to protect Holder from having to turn over the sensitive documents. The full House is expected to vote next week on the contempt charge.
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