WASHINGTON (AP) – Republicans have won a historic political fight to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress. But the GOP likely is still a long way from obtaining documents it wants in an investigation of a bungled gun-tracking operation.
The road leading to a possible lawsuit by the House was filled with emotion Thursday. More than 100 House Democrats boycotted the first of two contempt votes, saying Republicans were more interested in shameful election-year politics than documents.
Republicans demanded the documents for an ongoing investigation, but their arguments focused more on the need for closure for the family of slain Border Patrol agent Brian Terry. Two guns from the operation called Fast and Furious were found near his body after a shootout in Arizona.