Holder Held in Contempt

    WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 26:  U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder addresses more than 700 young people during the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and the Close Up Foundation's civics education week at the Grand Hyatt hotel June 26, 2012 in Washington, DC. The week-long program brings youth from 41 Boys and Girls Clubs of America military-affiliated programs and organizations on or near military installations to Washigton to develop "Community Action Plans" to address issues back at home.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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    Talk about a bittersweet day for Obama. The House voted 255–67 to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress late Thursday. The vote is the latest fallout from the government gun sting scandal, Fast and Furious. Holder is being held in contempt for refusing to turn over documents about the operation to Congress. The vote marks the first time in history that a sitting U.S. attorney general has been held in contempt. Prior to the vote, a small group of Democratic representatives led by the Congressional Black Caucus staged a walkout to protest Holder being targeted by House Republicans. “They are finally about to get the prize they have been seeking for more than a year—holding the attorney general of the United States in contempt,” Rep. Ellijah Cummings (D-Md.) said.

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