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Justice Department will not prosecute Eric Holder for contempt

HERB BOYD Special to the AmNews | 7/5/2012, 2:38 p.m.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder under fire for contempt

"We are not elected to do what the National Rifle Association wants," Rangel continued. "It is a shame that the powerful National Rifle Association managed to capture the votes of many representatives by putting a vote on its scorecard that really has nothing to do with gun rights. Why are they involved in this issue?

"Attorney General Holder has worked consistently and diligently in good faith with the congressional investigation of the Fast and Furious gunwalking operation. The Justice Department has turned over almost 8,000 documents, including every single document pertinent to the tactics in this investigation and the other flawed investigations that occurred in Arizona during the Bush administration."

"This is a very sad hour," said Lewis, after a moment of silence outside the meeting place.

"This is not about race," added House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.). "It is, however, about confrontation over cooperation."

The irony of all this is that there is unlikely to be any criminal proceedings since the Justice Department, in effect, would have to pursue the contempt citation, which it declined to do in 2008 against White House officials during the Bush administration. As for the civil citation against Holder, by the time it works its way through the courts, Holder will be long gone.