The Associated Press is reporting that Attorney General Eric Holder may be cited for contempt in an on-going investigation of a gun-tracking operation gone back. The Oversight and Government Reform Committee stated on Friday that they are still contemplating the contempt citation on Holder. An official with the group is stating that the contempt citation will be avoided if the Justice Department hands over the documents that the committee is seeking.
Thus far, the committee has subpoenaed several documents related to Operation Fast and Furious. But the Justice Department has produced far less than what the committee is requesting. The operation involved the tracking of weapons that were allowed to flow from US gun shops to Mexico. Two of those guns were found during the killing of a US border agent.
In a memo to Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif, the Justice Department has produced the following memo:
“We have provided documents to the committee at least twice every month since late last year as part of the department’s ongoing efforts to comply with the committee’s subpoenas and other requests for information,” stated Assistant Attorney General Ronald Weich.
“In addition to producing or making available over 7,300 pages of documents to the committee, we have provided briefings for the committee staff as requested, and have facilitated staff interviews of numerous department officials.”