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The Justice Department announced Wednesday that Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer, head of the criminal division, “will leave the department on March 1, 2013.” The decision may not have been his choice.

According to Politico on Tuesday, “a deal may be near in the Operation-Fast-and-Furious-related dispute that led the House of Representatives to cite Attorney General Eric Holder for contempt last year.”

The House has filed a lawsuit to enforce its subpoena against Holder. It is demanding that he turn over records showing how the Justice Department responded to congressional inquiries about the gun-running scandal.