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As we told you moments ago attorney general Eric Holder has been held in contempt of congress.
Chief congressional correspondent Mike Emanuel is live on Capitol Hill with the latest to be much.
There was drama -- there was a motion and a fierce argument in the House of Representatives.
In the end house Republicans.
And seventeen Democrats and one vote 21 Democrats and the other provided.
More than enough votes to take a huge step.
The agent -- 58 days or 95 with five voting present that resolution is agreed to.
-- historic day as attorney general Eric Holder became the first sitting cabinet member to be held in contempt of congress there were two resolutions one criminal one civil.
Holder responded strongly after the vote suggesting his Republican critics have focused on politics over public safety.
Today's vote me make for good political theory feeder in the minds of some but it is -- based.
-- a crass effort.
-- grave disservice to the American people.
Republicans -- been investigating fast and furious said the time has come I am proud of the fact that we are bringing up this contempt.
It's sad that we got to this day we have no other choice but we have the body is an institution -- separate branch of government have a duty and obligation and we are fulfilling that here today.
Earlier the house oversight chairman sounded optimistic there would be broad support.
We expect all Republicans will -- with us we expect that a significant number of Democrats we expect to be bipartisan.
Because it's narrow were only asking the in the contempt.
We're only asking the attorney general would turn over documents directly related to false statements made congress on the cover -- Justice officials have denied a cover up and today it was revealed that his allegations of gun walking were coming to light last year.
Holder wrote an email to support -- saying quote we need answers on this not defensive BS real answers.
Today many house Democrats displayed this show of support for holder by walking out some Democrats say it didn't need to reach this point.
We did not want to participate.
We believed to have some kind of -- mailed to us.
And we are the declared -- walking out there we're not participating in this activity.
-- Republicans investigating this case noted -- quarter agent Brian Terry and his family's need for answers from Justice Department documents.
If you have ever sat on the other side on the table from parents who have lost a loved one.
This 50% enough.
Is not enough of the documents.
Soon I am told that there will be a meeting between house oversight Republicans and the house council to discuss.
Future steps sources tell me that there will be more subpoenas issued over other officials.
And planning for war investigation of fast and furious.
To be done right.
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