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Sen. Chuck Grassley, Iowa Republican, said the possibility exists that Justice Department officials were aware of a memo from an ATF agent in Phoenix on Feb. 3 and still sent its erroneous denial letter Feb. 4. The latter was later disavowed. (Associated Press)

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Rep. Pat Meehan (second from left), Pennsylvania Republican, calls June 20, 2012, on Capitol Hill for the release of additional Justice Department documents as the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee considers whether to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress. (Associated Press)

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Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., along with Deputy Attorney General James Cole (left), speaks to the media at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Tuesday, June 19, 2012, after meeting with Rep. Darrell E. Issa, California Republican and chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, to try to reach an agreement about Justice Department documents relating to the botched anti-gunrunning Fast and Furious operation. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. speaks to the media at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Tuesday, June 19, 2012, after meeting with Rep. Darrell E. Issa, California Republican and chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, to try to reach an agreement about Justice Department documents relating to the botched anti-gunrunning operation known as Fast and Furious. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, Maryland Democrat and ranking member on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, speaks to the media at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Tuesday, June 19, 2012, after Rep. Darrell E. Issa, California Republican and committee chairman, met with Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. to try to reach an agreement on obtaining documents from the Justice Department on the botched anti-gunrunning operation known as Fast and Furious. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, Maryland Democrat and ranking member on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, speaks to the media at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Tuesday, June 19, 2012, after Rep. Darrell E. Issa, California Republican and committee chairman, met with Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. to try to reach an agreement on obtaining documents from the Justice Department on the botched anti-gunrunning operation known as Fast and Furious. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, Maryland Democrat and ranking member on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, speaks to the media at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Tuesday, June 19, 2012, after Rep. Darrell E. Issa, California Republican and committee chairman, met with Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. to try to reach an agreement on obtaining documents from the Justice Department on the botched anti-gunrunning operation known as Fast and Furious. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Rep. Darrell E. Issa, California Republican and chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, speaks to the media after meeting with Attorney General Eric H. Holder at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Tuesday, June 19, 2012, to try to reach an agreement on obtaining documents from the Justice Department about the botched anti-gunrunning Fast and Furious operation. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Rep. Darrell E. Issa, California Republican and chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, speaks to the media after meeting with Attorney General Eric H. Holder at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Tuesday, June 19, 2012, to try to reach an agreement on obtaining documents from the Justice Department about the botched anti-gunrunning Fast and Furious operation. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Rep. Darrell E. Issa, California Republican and chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, speaks to the media after meeting with Attorney General Eric H. Holder at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Tuesday, June 19, 2012, to try to reach an agreement on obtaining documents from the Justice Department about the botched anti-gunrunning Fast and Furious operation. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Rep. Darrell E. Issa, California Republican and chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, speaks to the media after meeting with Attorney General Eric H. Holder at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Tuesday, June 19, 2012, to try to reach an agreement on obtaining documents from the Justice Department about the botched anti-gunrunning Fast and Furious operation. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Attorney General Eric Holder testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 7, 2012, before the House Judiciary Committee oversight hearing on the Justice Department. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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A defiant Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio pounds his fist on the podium as he answers questions regarding the Department of Justice announcing a federal civil lawsuit against him and his department, during a news conference Thursday, May 10, 2012, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

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Nicholas Katzenbach, here as attorney general in his office at the Department of Justice in 1965, held influential posts in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations in the '60s and played a prominent role in federal desegregation efforts in the South. (Associated Press)

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