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Rep. Elijah E. Cummings of Maryland, ranking Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said he is holding out hope Mr. Boehner will meet with Mr. Holder to work out an agreement, rendering unnecessary the contempt vote set for this week.

“I think we have a duty to the American public to get those documents,” Mr. Cummings said on “Fox News Sunday.” “I know we can get them.It’s just a matter of sitting down.”

Mr. Cummings said the Justice Department has turned over 7,600 pages of Fast and Furious documents, 1,300 pages of internal deliberative documents and made two dozen department officials available for testimony and interviews before the committee. He also said Mr. Holder testified nine times before Congress on this issue.

Mr. Issa blamed Mr. Holder for the failure of negotiations over the documents last week after the two met face-to-face and the attorney general refused to deliver any of the requested records: “We only broke off negotiations when we got a flat refusal to get the documents we need to continue the investigation.”