Justice Won't Prosecute Holder for Contempt

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By LARRY MARGASAK and PETE YOST, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department has declared that Attorney General Eric Holder's decision to withhold information about a bungled gun-tracking operation from Congress does not constitute a crime and he won't be prosecuted for contempt of Congress.

In a letter to House Speaker John Boehner, the department says that it will not bring the congressional contempt citation against Holder to a federal grand jury and that it will take no other action to prosecute the attorney general.

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Deputy Attorney General James Cole says the decision is in line with long-standing Justice Department practice across administrations of both political parties.

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