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Before contempt vote, Boehner says 'No Justice Department is above the law'

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) called on his House colleagues to support the contempt resolution against Attorney General Eric Holder, saying they should support it because the Obama administration has left the House no other choice.

"I don't take this matter lightly, and I frankly hoped it would never come to this," Boehner said on the House floor just hours before the scheduled vote.

"But no Justice Department is above the law, and no Justice Department is above the Constitution, which each of us has sworn an oath to uphold," he said. "So I ask the members of this body to come together and to support this resolution."

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