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AP source: Talks fail to resolve contempt issue

WASHINGTON — Obama administration officials and House Republican staff members Tuesday failed to resolve a document dispute that could lead to a precedent-setting contempt of Congress vote Thursday against Attorney General Eric Holder.

The Associated Press said it was told by a House Republican official it did not identify that White House and Justice Department representatives met and showed the GOP staff less than 30 pages of documents related to the aftermath of the botched gun-tracking operation known as Fast and Furious.

AP reported that the GOP official said the administration also promised to provide hundreds of pages of documents, but only if House Republicans would stop the contempt effort and end their investigation.

A House committee is looking into administration actions taken after the administration provided inaccurate information to Congress on the gun-tracking operation.

The Justice Department has said the offer of more documents — originally made last week — was only an attempt to avoid contempt, not to shut down the investigation.

AP reported that the GOP official said the latest document offer was rejected and no further meetings were scheduled.

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