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House Republicans took an unprecedented action last week, voting to hold US Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress. GOP members, led by California Congressman Darrell Issa, contended that the contempt citing was the result of Holder's failure to turn over documents in the so-called Fast and Furious scandal, involving the federal bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.
But many Democratic Congressional leaders believe that the GOP went after Holder because of his ongoing battle against the voter-purge in Florida. In a strongly worded letter to Florida Secretary of State Detzner, Holder's Justice Department contended last month that the state's untested method of purging voters was deeply flawed because it was based on outdated information from the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles.
"They're going after Eric Holder because he is supporting measures to overturn these voter suppression initiatives in the states," Democratic House Leader Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco told reporters last week after the contempt vote. "This is no accident. It is no coincidence. It is a plan on the part of the Republicans."
And there's evidence to back up Pelosi's allegation. When calling for Holder's resignation early last month, Texas Republican Senator John Cornyn specifically cited the DOJ's efforts to protect voting rights in Florida and elsewhere: "Your department blocks states from implementing attempts to combat voter fraud."
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