Boehner: House Will Move Forward On Holder Contempt Vote

By: CBS - Posted by Giang Nguyen
By: CBS - Posted by Giang Nguyen

(CBS News) The House is moving forward with a vote to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress over a bungled gunalking operation, Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, told reporters Wednesday.

"We've given them ample time to comply," Boehner said of White House officials.

The House Oversight Committee voted last Wednesday to hold the attorney general in contempt for refusing to release documents relating to Fast and Furious, a failed government operation that landed guns in the hands of Mexican cartels. House Republican lawmakers have questioned the administration's role the case after President Obama granted Holder executive privilege.

"Even as late as yesterday the White House sat down with some of our staff to outline what they'd be willing to do," Boehner continued. "Unfortunately, they're not willing to show the American people the truth about what happened."

A senior administration official said Tuesday the White House "reached out" to the staffs to Boehner and House Oversight Committee Chair Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and provided a "representative sample" of the documents. But a congressional aide told CBS News that the sample failed to quell its concerns because it was fewer than the 30 pages it had requested.

"It's an unfortunate place where we are, but our members raise their right hand and swear to uphold the constitution of the United States and the laws of the United States," Boehner said. "We're going to do our job."

Though the National Rifle Association is keeping score on the vote, which is scheduled for Thursday, Boehner said the organization did not play a role in his decision.


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