Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. clashed with congressional Republicans on Thursday over Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan’s role in evaluating the health-care law and the Justice Department’s “Fast and Furious” gun-trafficking sting.

Under intensive questioning from House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Tex.), Holder reiterated that his department would not provide Congress with more information about Kagan’s health-care related role when she was President Obama’s solicitor general. Republicans are seeking internal e-mails and other documents, arguing that Kagan might have to recuse herself from the court’s decision on the health-care law if she was involved in the legislation.

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