*(Via CNN) – Voting on strictly partisan lines, a House committee recommended Wednesday that Attorney General Eric Holder be cited for contempt of Congress for failing to turn over documents relating to the botched Fast and Furious weapons sting operation.
The vote ended an extraordinary daylong hearing that took place after President Barack Obama asserted executive privilege over some documents sought by the panel investigating Fast and Furious.
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The committee measure now goes to the full House for consideration, expected next week, of what would be an unprecedented event — Congress holding a sitting attorney general in contempt.
“Unless the attorney general reevaluates his choice and supplies the promised documents, the House will vote to hold him in contempt next week,” said a statement by the chamber’s Republican leaders. “If, however, Attorney General Holder produces these documents prior to the scheduled vote, we will give the (committee) an opportunity to review in hopes of resolving this issue.”
All 23 Republicans on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee supported the measure, while the 17 Democrats opposed it, reflecting the deep political divide on the issue.
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