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Holder Contempt Vote Hearing Gets Heated

June 27, 2012

Yeah, you probably saw this coming.

A House Rules Committee hearing got testy this afternoon while deciding the fate of the vote on whether to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for failing to produce documents connected with the Fast and Furious gun-walking operation.

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Tempers flared when Democratic Rep. Alcee Hastings asked Oversight Committee Chairman  Darrell Issa, R-Calif., if the committee's ranking Democrat, Rep. Elijah Cummings, was present at a meeting with a Justice Department official.

Hastings: "Was Cummings there?"

Issa: "Yes, sir."

Cummings: "That is not correct."

Hastings, rising in his chair, to Issa: "I just asked and you said something entirely different."

At that point, an aide approached Issa and said something in his ear; Issa hedged and the committee hearing rolled along.

The committee hearing is the latest drama in Issa's year-and-a-half investigation into whether the Justice Department covered up wrongdoing in the Fast and Furious operation. The contempt resolution is expected to pass along party lines today.

Photo: Darrell Issa, left, and Elijah Cummings speak during a Rules Committee hearing Wednesday. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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