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Dem lawmaker on Holder contempt vote: 'Partisanship at its most base level'

Two Democratic lawmakers joined Rev.

Two Democratic lawmakers joined Rev. Al Sharpton on msnbc's PoliticsNation Wednesday to slam today's vote by House Republicans holding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress

"[Holder] is being chewed up for something that is just so non-existent that people around the country ought to be outraged," Rep. Emanuel Cleaver told Rev. Al. "This is partisanship at its most base level. It is an insult, I think, to the body politic and to this nation."

Republicans in the House Oversight Committee have demanded that Holder release a trove of documents relating to the Fast and Furious gun-running operation carried out by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF). 

During the hearing earlier today, Rep. Jackie Speier went so far as to personally offer regrets to the country about what she labelled a partisan witch-hunt. "I want to apologize to the American people for yet another show of gotcha politics in this body," said Speier, who joined Cleaver on the show.

Holder has turned over 7,600 pages of documents relating to Fast and Furious, but Republicans in Congress, led by Oversight Committee Chair Darrell Issa (R-CA), are demanding more. Democrats say they support that they support probing the ATF for the Fast and Furious gun-walking fiasco, but argue that the effort to target Holder doesn't advance that goal.

Late Update: Rep. Carolyn Maloney tells msnbc's Ed Schultz that the Republicans' "actions are extreme, unprecedented and politically motivated."