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U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder was again on the proverbial hot seat this week as investigations into the infamous “Fast and Furious” gun-walking scandal continue.
While a standoff in the investigation over providing subpoenaed information drags on, earlier this week, Holder suggested that he was willing to make “compromises.” In response, on Wednesday House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, (R-Calif.) opened the door to negotiating with Holder, asking the AG to make the committee an offer, so that he might potentially avoid a contempt of Congress vote that is scheduled for next Wednesday, June 20.
On Thursday, in a letter to Rep. Issa, Holder indicated his willingness to partially comply with the subpoena. In what he called “an extraordinary accommodation,” Holder agreed to provide some additional documents, but said that other documents remained, “outside the scope of the committee’s interest in the inappropriate tactics used in Fast and Furious.”
The question remains as to whether Holder now sees no other alternative but to comply, or if he is merely continuing to stonewall in an effort to delay the contempt vote, and perhaps even stall the process until after November’s election.
According to a Thursday FoxNews.com article, Issa’s office said that Holder’s letter “only seems to indicate a willingness to offer a selective telling” of key events and that the chairman is still asking the Justice Department to explain “how it is prepared to alter its opposition to producing subpoenaed documents.”
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