Issa at Odds with President over ‘Fast & Furious’ Documents

President Barack Obama invoked executive privilege over documents related to the operation

Wednesday, Jun 20, 2012  |  Updated 2:17 PM PDT
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Issa on "Operation Fast and Furious"

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Representative Darrell Issa of San Diego is chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

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Issa on "Operation Fast and Furious"

Rep. Darrel Issa talks to NBC 7 about a controversial Justice Department gun-running operation that backfired. Issa says Attorney General Eric Holder should take action against subordinates involved in the program "Operation Fast & Furious." Rancho Santa Fe residents Mary Ann Foxley and Nick Dieterich met with other San Diego residents to discuss the issue, Gene Cubbison reports.
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Local U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa is treading upstream in his committee’s effort to punish U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder for his role in the much-condemned “Fast and Furious” Operation.

Issa chairs the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which voted Wednesday afternoon to hold the Attorney General in contempt of Congress over a federal probe into the gun-smuggling operation.

The committee's Republicans all voted in favor of recommending the resolution, despite President Barack Obama invoking executive privilege over documents related to the operation. Those documents were sought by Issa’s committee, but now remain confidential.

The White House said Wednesday that the DOJ was cooperating and had already handed over more than 7,600 documents.

An aid to the committee told MSNBC that they intend to proceed with the contempt hearings.

Issa says Holder should take action against subordinates involved in Fast and Furious Operation.

The Fast and Furious operation involved federal bureaucrats allowing thousands of powerful weapons to wind up in the arsenals of Mexican drug cartels.

Two of the guns were found at the scene of a Border Patrol agent's murder in Arizona two years ago.

Read more on MSNBC’s website.

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