House Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerBoehner says it's Democrats' turn for a Tea Party movement House Republicans find silver lining in minority Alaskan becomes longest serving Republican in House history MORE said the GOP would likely take the “Fast and Furious” case to federal court in the next several weeks, on the heels of the House voting to hold Attorney General Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump steps up attacks on McCain Court-packing becomes new litmus test on left Press: Which way do Dems go in 2020? MORE in contempt of Congress. 

"It needs to happen," BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerBoehner says it's Democrats' turn for a Tea Party movement House Republicans find silver lining in minority Alaskan becomes longest serving Republican in House history MORE (R-Ohio) said on CBS's “Face the Nation” Sunday. “The American people have a right to know what happened here."

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"The fact is that the only facts that we've received about this entire Fast and Furious operation came from whistleblowers and others associated with it," he said. "We got no information that helped in our investigation from the Justice Department at any point in this investigation. The American people deserve the truth."

The House voted 255-67 on Thursday to hold Holder in contempt of Congress after the Justice Department refused to provide additional documents requested by the Oversight Committee on the botched gun-tracking operation. 


Holder became the first sitting Cabinet member to be held in contempt. 

The White House exerted executive privilege over many of the documents but says it has cooperated with the congressional probes and addressed lawmakers' concerns.