Washington (CNN) - House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif, said Friday he was willing to postpone a vote holding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress if the Justice Department delivered documents related to the failed "Fast and Furious" gun trafficking operation to his committee before its scheduled meeting on Wednesday.
"While I do have substantial concerns that these documents may not be sufficient to allow the committee to complete its investigation, delivery of these documents before the scheduled consideration of contempt at 10:00 am on Wednesday, June 20, 2012, would be sufficient to justify the postponement of the proceeding to allow for the review of the materials," Issa wrote in a letter to Holder on Friday.
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Issa said he also wanted to meet with Holder, along with Senator Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, the top Senate Republican who has been investigating the Justice Department's program, as soon as Tuesday, but also pressed for the department to hand over the materials before any meeting was set.
Tracy Schmaler, a DOJ spokeswoman, welcomed Issa's move on Friday afternoon.
"We are pleased that Chairman Issa has agreed to our request to meet next week and we look forward to a productive session. It is in the best interest of all parties to bring this matter to a final resolution by avoiding a confrontation that involves contempt and we believe that the provision of documents must be part of an agreement that brings this matter to a close. We trust that Chairman Issa shares our interest in doing so and will work with us in a productive and good faith manner to achieve that end," Schmaler said in a written statement to CNN.
Both Issa and Grassley have been demanding information from DOJ on the program that allowed weapons to be purchased illegally in order to track them to senior Mexican drug cartel members. Agents lost track of hundreds of weapons in the process. Holder initially reported to Congress in February 2011 that senior officials denied there were any improper tactics in the operation, but months later he retracted that assertion and said the operation was "fundamentally flawed."