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Slain border agent's family reacts to vote holding AG in contempt

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The U.S. House voted Thursday to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress.

Republicans pushed through the resolution because Holder did not turn over documents related to a gun-tracking operation known as Fast and Furious.

Brian Terry was killed in a 2010 shootout near Nogales. The shooter admitted to participating in a gun smuggling ring that was being monitored as part of the government's botched investigation.

On Thursday, his family released the following statement on the House's vote.

"The Terry family takes no pleasure in the contempt vote against Attorney General Eric Holder. Such a vote should not have been necessary. The Justice department should have released the documents related to Fast and Furious months ago.

"Eric Holder's refusal to do so and President Obama's assertion of executive privilege have stood in the way of justice and the answers we seek into the death of fallen Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.

"Given the Obama Administration's steadfast refusal to level with the American people, Congress was left with no choice but to vote Mr. Holder in contempt."

It was the first time a sitting Cabinet member has been held in contempt.

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