WASHINGTON, D.C. -- What began in 2006 as a gun-tracking program resulted in the U.S. House voting to hold U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress.
Holder had refused to turn over certain documents pertaining to the program, called Fast and Furious.
The program, as part of the war on drugs, was meant to track firearms and their connections in potential drug-trafficking operations.
It became, instead, a symbol of ineptitude.
Florida Republican Congressman Rich Nugent had said that the entire affair had been about what the government had done "not to expose the truth but to block the truth."
Over the course of the program, weapons fell into the hands of Mexican drug-runners.
A U.S. Border Patrol agent was shot and killed by one of the weapons.
The contempt vote cleared the House by a broad margin, making Holder became the first sitting U.S. Attorney General to be held in contempt of Congress.
Under the terms of the contempt vote, Holder will have to turn over documents he had previously withheld from Congress.