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Political Quick Hits: June 15th Edition

June 15, 2012 Front Page, Politics No Comments

Here’s your weekly quick look at few developing stories in the political arena:

  • U.S. Secretary of Commerce, John Bryson is taking a medical leave of absence the White House announced this week. Bryson is under investigation for possible felony hit-and-run after he is alleged to have caused two car accidents in California this past weekend. A Commerce Department spokesman said Bryson, 68, suffered a seizure when the accident occurred. (CNN)

  • A House committee looking into a gun smuggling probe gone wrong in Arizona may consider holding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of court for not providing documents the panel is seeking. The committee has scheduled a contempt vote for June 20. To date, the Justice Department has already provided the committee with 7,600 pages of material and says the material the committee is now requesting deals with open criminal investigations and prosecutions and cannot be disclosed. Holder announced Thursday that he was willing to release more records and proposed a face-to-face meeting with the committee’s chairman as a compromise to the contempt charges. Holder also rejected Republicans call for his resignation this week(CNN)
  • The federal corruption case against John Edwards is officially over. The Justice Department said on Wednesday that it won’t retry former Democratic presidential nominee, John Edwards, on the five charges that jurors in North Carolina could not reach a verdict on. Edwards was acquitted on a sixth charge. (NY Times)
  • Ron Barber, former aide to Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, won a special election Tuesday in Arizona to finish out Mrs. Giffords’ term in the House of Representatives. Barber was actually wounded at the same shooting in 2011 that killed six, wounded 13, and led to Rep. Giffords stepping down. Barber defeated Republican Jesse Kelly, a former Marine and Iraq War veteran, who narrowly lost to Giffords in 2010. (CBS)

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