Source: FOX News
WASHINGTON -- The Republican-led House of representatives voted Thursday to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in criminal contempt of Congress for failing to provide key information pertaining to "Operation Fast and Furious," making Holder the first sitting cabinet member to be held in contempt.
The vote was 255-67 with one lawmaker voting not present. Seventeen Democrats broke ranks to vote in favor of contempt, while two Republicans voted against the measure.
The vote was preceded by a heated floor debate.
"It's important to remember how we got here," House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said during a speech ahead of the vote. "The Justice Department has not provided the facts and information we requested ... It's our constitutional duty to find out."
The GOP-led House took the step over the alleged failure to provide additional information about the failed gun-running operation known as "Fast and Furious" which was run by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives -- a division of the Justice Department led by Holder.
Democrats walked out of the chamber ahead of the vote.
"What is happening here is shameful," said Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who argued House Republicans were more politically motivated in attacking Holder than getting to the bottom of the failed operation, in which at least two of the guns were connected to the fatal shooting of US border agent Brian Terry.
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