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All but two Republicans in the House have voted to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress. But more than ...
100 Democrats boycotted the vote, calling it a political stunt. (June 28)
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[Location - Date:Washington; New Orleans 6/28/2012][Source:Pool][VO:House vote/Walk shot of Holder/House floor][VOICE-OVER]TRACK#1 In an unprecedented move--the House has voted to hold attorney general Eric Holder in contempt can stick announcement of vote in here.NATS UP[VO:Dems walkout]but a lot of Democrats didn't vote-- they walked out to underscore their unhappiness at what they said was political theater.[SOT/](Congressman James McGovern/D-Mass.)"This is a witch hunt pure and simple Mr. Speaker"[Location - Date:Washington 6/28/2012][Source:Pool][VO:Issa; File Holder; File Border Patrol; AP photo Terry][VOICE-OVER]TRACK#2 Oversight committee Chairman Darrell Issa led the push for the contempt resolutions--citing Holder's refusal to make available documents in the fast and furious gun walking operation--2 of those guns were found where border agent Brian terry was killed:[SOT/](House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio)"No Justice Department is above the law--and no justice department is above the constitution."[Location - Date:Washington 6/27/2012][Source:Pool][VO:WS of White House][VOICE-OVER]TRACK#3 the white house communications director called the GOP effort a transparently political stunt, as did the attorney general[SOT/](eric holder/attorney general)"Today's vote may make for good political theater in the minds of some but it is both a crass effort and a grave disservice to the american people.''[VO:Pool: house floor][VOICE-OVER]TRACK#4 one analyst dismissed the fight as part of the usual tussle between two branches of government[SOT/](Stephen Hess/Brookings Institution)''Congress has every right to try to get this information, and the president has every right to withold this information. That's the way this system works, with two sides, executive and legislature, rubbing up against each other.''[VO:File Obama; House floor; Holder from 6/27/2012][VOICE-OVER]TRACK#5 and the president's assertion of executive privilege just added fuel to the dispute. the house vote will have little practical impact-Holder remains attorney general--and it won't force the governmment to turn over any more documents. jb ap capitol hill[SIGOUT/REPORTER, LOCATION, ASSOCIATED PRESS]