Los Angeles Times | June 20, 2012 | 1:33 PM
A House committee voted today to find Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. in contempt of Congress for failing to provide subpoenaed documents in the flawed Fast and Furious gun-tracking case.
The 23-17 vote was along party lines, with Republicans voting in favor and Democrats voting against. It came just hours after President Obama asserted executive privilege and backed the attorney general's refusal to release the material.
The entire House would have to approve the measure before it could refer the case to the U.S. attorney in Washington to determine whether prosecution is warranted for failing to comply with a congressional subpoena.
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