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June 25, 2012

Issa: Full House should cite Holder


GOP chairman of the House Oversight Committee Darrell Issa. (UPI Photo/Eduardo Sverdlin)

WASHINGTON (UPI) -- The Republican chairman of the House Oversight Committee predicted Sunday the full House will vote to hold U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt.

"I believe [the vote] will be bipartisan," Issa told "Fox News Sunday." "You'll never know how many. But there are a number of Democrats, 31, who wrote to the administration, asking them to be forthcoming. Many of them will stay with us now that the administration has not been [forthcoming]."

Issa's committee voted along strict party lines to cite Holder for contempt, and the issue now goes to the floor. Republicans want Holder to turn over thousands of documents on a gun-trafficking operation known as "Fast and Furious." At least two of the weapons in the operation allegedly were used in homicides.

The White House has asserted executive privilege over some of the documents.

Issa said if the full House votes for contempt, but the Washington U.S. attorney refuses to prosecute, he will continue his investigation.

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