WASHINGTON (AP) — There are more harsh words from both sides, after today's White House decision to invoke executive privilege, rather than turn over documents sought by a House panel looking into a flawed gun-running investigation.
And the panel that sought the documents is nearing a vote on whether to cite Attorney General Eric Holder for contempt.
The chairman of the panel, Republican congressman Darrell Issa, failed to reach an agreement with Holder during a 20-minute meeting yesterday at the Capitol.
A Democrat on the committee, Elijah Cummings, says Republicans could have resolved the issue, but instead chose to pick a fight.
But House Speaker John Boehner says the decision to invoke executive privilege raises new questions. A spokesman for Boehner says it suggests that White House officials, rather than the Justice Department, were involved in the gun-running investigation, despite earlier claims to the contrary. He says the administration was either "lying" then, or is now "bending the law to hide the truth."
The White House, meanwhile, is accusing House Republicans of engaging in a "politically motivated, taxpayer-funded election-year fishing expedition."
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