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Attorney General William Barr . Attorney General William Barr testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee during a hearing regarding the Department of Justice’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential elections on May 1. Photo: Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM

The U.S. House Judiciary Committee vote Wednesday afternoon to hold U.S. Attorney General William Barr in contempt was quickly followed by an announcement that Congress and Main Justice had reached a settlement in a subpoena dustup involving Eric Holder, the first sitting attorney general held in contempt of Congress.

The former Obama-era attorney general was held in contempt in 2012 by the then-Republican held House after refusing to comply with a demand for records related to the botched gun sting called Operation Fast and Furious. That case got bogged down in the federal trial and appellate courts, for seven years, and a settlement was filed just hours after the House Judiciary Committee voted along party lines to hold Barr in contempt.

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