Issa: Meeting With Holder on 'Fast & Furious' Is Set, Still No Documents
The face-to-face meeting between GOP Rep. Darrell Issa and Attorney General Eric Holder scheduled for Tuesday afternoon on the congressional investigation into the botched anti-gunrunning operation Fast and Furious will take place as scheduled, several sources tell Fox News.
The meeting -- which was announced Monday but has since appeared to be in jeopardy of being canceled due to scheduling conflicts -- is still set for the original 5 p.m. start on Capitol Hill.
Holder has posed making a deal with Issa, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, by offering some key documents in exchange for Issa calling off a contempt vote scheduled for Wednesday.
"They say they have the documents," Issa said a few hours before the scheduled meeting. "We're hoping to receive those documents before the 5 p.m. meeting. That was a contingent requirement for the meeting. ... It's not about meetings, it's about getting documents."
Sources told Fox News other potential lawmakers expected to attend the meeting are Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee; Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Pat Leahy, D-Vt.; and Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings, the top Democrat on the House oversight panel.
Holder, in a letter to Issa delivered Monday, said the Justice Department "has offered a serious, good faith proposal to bring this matter to an amicable resolution in the form of a briefing based on documents that the committee could retain."
Until now, Issa, the chairman of House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, has demanded to see a trove of documents on the controversial Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives operation -- and to know who prepared a now-retracted letter from Feb. 4, 2011, in which the Justice Department claimed the U.S. did not knowingly help smuggle guns to Mexico, including those later found at the murder scene of border agent Brian Terry.
Congressional Republicans familiar with the investigation say Issa is under pressure from House Speaker John Boehner to drop the Fast and Furious investigation because Boehner sees it as an election-year distraction that could hurt Republicans at the polls.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, the top Democrat on the Oversight Committee, said he welcomed a resolution that would avoid a contempt vote.