Justice won’t prosecute Holder for contempt

Justice won’t prosecute Holder for contempt

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Attorney General Eric Holder talks to reporters after meeting with House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa in the U.S. Captiol.

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by Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on June 29, 2012 at 1:42 PM

WASHINGTON -- The Justice Department has declared that Attorney General Eric Holder’s decision to withhold information about a bungled gun-tracking operation from Congress does not constitute a crime and he won’t be prosecuted for contempt of Congress.

In a letter to House Speaker John Boehner, the department says that it will not bring the congressional contempt citation against Holder to a federal grand jury and that it will take no other action to prosecute the attorney general.

Deputy Attorney General James Cole says the decision is in line with long-standing Justice Department practice across administrations of both political parties.

 

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