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House Votes to Put AG Holder in Contempt of Congress

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The Republican-led House of Representatives voted on Thursday to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for not turning over documents related to the "Fast and Furious" program.

Some Democratic members led a walk-out in protest of the vote, which passed by a 255-67 vote.

Robert Beckhusen writes in Wired's Danger Room blog that the vote is nearly meaningless, as "what Congress is asking the Justice Department to do is to prosecute itself." The Hill notes that the House may also pass a second "resolution allowing the GOP House to pursue civil court action against Holder."

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