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Justice won't prosecute Holder for contempt

12:41 PM, Jun 29, 2012   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Justice Department has declared that Attorney General Eric Holder's decision to withhold information about a bungled gun-tracking operation from Congress does not constitute a crime and he won't be prosecuted for contempt of Congress. 

In a letter to House Speaker John Boehner, the department says that it will not bring the congressional contempt citation against Holder to a federal grand jury and that it will take no other action to prosecute the attorney general. 

Deputy Attorney General James Cole says the decision is in line with long-standing Justice Department practice across administrations of both political parties.

The Associated Press

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