After meeting with Attorney General Eric Holder Tuesday, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa said his committee will go ahead with the vote to hold Holder in contempt of Congress Wednesday.
"I had hoped that after this evening's meeting I would be able to tell you that the Department had delivered documents that would justify the postponement of tomorrow's vote on contempt," Issa said in a statement Tuesday. [Read Debate Club: Should Eric Holder Lose His Job?]
"The Department told the Committee on Thursday that it had documents it could produce that would answer our questions. Today, the Attorney General informed us that the Department would not be producing those documents. The only offer they made involved us ending our investigation." [See the Latest Political Cartoons From U.S. News & World Report.]
Last week, Holder promised he could produce documents to satisfy Issa's inquiry into the "Fast and Furious" controversy. Issa was prepared to call off the contempt vote, but the deal fell through Tuesday.
"While I still hope the Department will reconsider its decision so tomorrow's vote can be postponed, after this meeting, I cannot say that I am optimistic," Issa said. "At this point, we simply do not have the documents we have repeatedly said we need to justify the postponement of a contempt vote in committee."
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