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Democrat says he'll vote to hold Holder in contempt

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Democratic Rep. Jim Matheson told his local newspapers Tuesday he’ll vote to hold Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. in contempt of Congress, breaking ranks with the rest of his party, which has generally closed lines around the embattled attorney general.

The vote is scheduled for Thursday and is expected to fall chiefly along party lines, as Republicans say Mr. Holder is stonewalling a valid investigation into an Obama administration gun-walking operation, while Democrats say the investigation has turned into a political sideshow.

Mr. Matheson, Utah Democrat, told the Salt Lake Tribune that the administration should be forthcoming.

“It just compounds the tragedy when both sides play politics instead of releasing the facts. The Terry family, the public and Congress deserve answers,” he told the newspaper. “Sadly, it seems that it will take holding the attorney general in contempt to communicate that evasiveness is unacceptable.”

Utah is a conservative state and Mr. Matheson usually finds himself as a chief target for the GOP in each election. He has one of the most conservative voting records of House Democrats.

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