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Sensenbrenner floats impeachment over 'Fast and Furious'

U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner was among the Republicans trading shots with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder during a House Judiciary Committee meeting Thursday.

The hearing, which focused largely on gun trafficking operation "Fast and Furious," included the Menomonee Falls Republican broaching the topic of impeachment for Justice Department officials if Congress doesn't receive answers about the controversy -- which resulted in hundreds of firearms heading to drug cartels in Mexico.

"Now, I've done more impeachments than anybody else in the history of the country. it is an expensive and messy affair and I don’t want to go this far," Sensenbrenner said. "But if we keep on getting pushed down the road and the can keeps on getting kicked, and we don’t get closure to this, what is Congress to do so that we don’t spend all of our time in court arguing privilege?"

Holder responded that the department had disclosed the facts of the case, including "things that a Justice Department has never, ever released before."

"Getting to the bottom of this is something that we all want to do," Holder said.


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