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WASHINGTON – With a vote of 255 for and 67 against, the House of Representatives moved Thursday to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress in a document dispute related to a bungled gun-tracking operation.

Republicans had the votes to make Eric Holder the first sitting attorney general to be held in contempt, while members of the Congressional Black, Hispanic, Asian Pacific American and Progressive Caucuses, as well as other members, walked off of the House floor during the vote.

Supporters of the contempt move cited Holder’s refusal to meet Republican demands to hand over — without any preconditions — documents that could explain why the Obama administration initially denied that a risky “gun-walking” investigative tactic was used in Operation Fast and Furious, which allowed hundreds of guns to be smuggled from Arizona to Mexico.

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