A contempt vote would not only represent a dramatic escalation in the long-running investigation into the Fast and Furious gun-walking scandal, it would be a crowd-pleaser for conservatives who believe GOP leaders have been dragging their feet on the aggressive push from Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), the lead investigator, to bring a contempt vote on Holder.
The new plan was devised after Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) sent a letter — with Issa — to Holder late last week requesting documents to show who developed the botched Mexican gun-walking program. They also want to know why Justice Department officials misled Congress at the outset of the congressional investigation. The three top House Republicans did not set a specific deadline for a response but said that if the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which Issa chairs, doesn’t get the information it subpoenaed last October, “the House will act to fulfill our constitutional obligations in the coming weeks.”
But Republicans have backup plans, too.
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