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GOP, Holder open to talks before contempt vote

3 years ago June 21, 2012 Jun 21, 2012 Thursday, June 21 2012 Thursday, June 21, 2012 4:02:15 PM CDT in News
Source: Associated Press

WASHINGTON - House Republican officials and Attorney General Eric Holder say they're willing to negotiate an end to a potential constitutional confrontation in a dispute related to the botched "Fast and Furious" gun-tracking operation.

But that didn't stop House leaders from both parties from trading barbs over the issue again today.

House Speaker John Boehner took a hard line, insisting the House intends to vote next week on a contempt of Congress resolution against Holder unless additional documents demanded by Republicans are turned over to Congress.

Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi accused Republicans of pursuing Holder in an effort to suppress votes in the upcoming elections, because he is in charge of safeguarding voting rights.

Holder, who is in Denmark for meetings with European Union officials, calls the contempt vote "unwarranted, unnecessary and unprecedented."

White House press secretary Jay Carney says there was "absolutely" no coverup on the Fast and Furious controversy. He said executive privilege was asserted only on internal deliberations and "that is separate from trying to find out the truth about this operation."

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