US Attorney General cited for contempt

2012-06-21 07:56

Washington - A committee of the House of Representatives on Wednesday recommended that US Attorney General Eric Holder be cited for contempt of Congress for his refusal to provide documents about a guns operation of the Justice Department.

The Republican-controlled House Committtee on Oversight and Government Reform voted along party lines, 23 to 17, for the contempt citation.

The committee decision will now be referred to John Boehner, Speaker of the House of Representatives, who could submit the proposed contempt citation to a full vote of the House.

The case involves Operation Fast and Furious, which aimed to track drug cartels through the sale of weapons. Agents lost track of some of the guns, one of which was used to kill a US agent.