Attorney General Eric Holder speaks to reporters following his meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 19, 2012. Holder wants a House panel to drop plans to try to hold him in contempt of Congress, and the panel's chairman wants more Justice Department documents regarding Operation Fast and Furious, a flawed gun-smuggling probe in Arizona. Holder and Rep. Darrell Issa, a California Republican, met in an effort to resolve their dispute over the investigation of Fast and Furious by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that Issa chairs. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. John Barrow, a Georgia Democrat, says he plans to vote in favor of holding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for refusing to release documents related to a botched gun-tracking operation.
Barrow said in a statement Wednesday he sees a congressional investigation of the Fast and Furious operation as being "about justice" for U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, who was killed in a 2010 gunfight with Mexican bandits. Two guns from the shootout were traced to the operation, in which authorities let guns flow from the U.S. into Mexico in hopes of tracing them to gun traffickers.
A House vote is scheduled Thursday. Barrow of Augusta faces a tough re-election fight in east Georgia's 12th District, which has been redrawn to give Republicans an edge.