17 Jan

Holder Begs Court to Stop Document Release on Fast and Furious

Matthew Boyle @ Big Government:

Attorney General Eric Holder and his Department of Justice haveasked a federal court to indefinitely delay a lawsuit brought by watchdog group Judicial Watch. The lawsuit seeks the enforcement of open records requests relating to Operation Fast and Furious, as required by law.

Judicial Watch had filed, on June 22, 2012, a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request seeking all documents relating to Operation Fast and Furious and “specifically [a]ll records subject to the claim of executive privilege invoked by President Barack Obama on or about June 20, 2012.”

The administration has refused to comply with Judicial Watch’s FOIA request, and in mid-September the group filed a lawsuit challenging Holder’s denial. That lawsuit remains ongoing but within the past week President Barack Obama’s administration filed what’s called a “motion to stay” the suit. Such a motion is something that if granted would delay the lawsuit indefinitely.

Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said that Holder’s and Obama’s desire to continually hide these Fast and Furious documents is “ironic” now that they’re so gung-ho on gun control. “It is beyond ironic that the Obama administration has initiated an anti-gun violence push as it seeking to keep secret key documents about its very own Fast and Furious gun walking scandal,” Fitton said in a statement. “Getting beyond the Obama administration’s smokescreen, this lawsuit is about a very simple principle: the public’s right to know the full truth about an egregious political scandal that led to the death of at least one American and countless others in Mexico. The American people are sick and tired of the Obama administration trying to rewrite FOIA law to protect this president and his appointees. Americans want answers about Fast and Furious killings and lies.”

The only justification Holder uses to ask the court to indefinitely delay Judicial Watch’s suit is that there’s another lawsuit ongoing for the same documents – one filed by the U.S. House of Representatives. Judicial Watch has filed a brief opposing the DOJ’s motion to stay.

As the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform was voting Holder into contempt of Congress for his refusal to cooperate with congressional investigators by failing to turn over tens of thousands of pages of Fast and Furious documents, Obama asserted the executive privilege over them. The full House of Representatives soon after voted on a bipartisan basis to hold Holder in contempt.

There were two parts of the contempt resolution. Holder was, and still is, in both civil and criminal contempt of Congress. The criminal resolution was forwarded to the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Ronald Machen–who works for Holder–for prosecution. Despite being technically required by law to bring forth criminal charges against Holder, under orders from Holder’s Department of Justice Machen chose to ignore the resolution.

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8 Responses to Holder Begs Court to Stop Document Release on Fast and Furious

  1. Cap-Dax says: 1

    I Wan’t these F#ckers to Hang!!

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  2. Please tell me when Justice will be served! This administration has continually lied on not only the Fast & Furious but Benghazi. If the shoe were on the other foot this administration would be out for blood. Americans have died because of these cover-ups. These families deserve the truth instead of the lies & cover-ups!!! As well as the American public!!

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  3. Bradley says: 3

    What happened to the Issa investigation ? Yeah , that’s what I thought …

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  4. ALBERT DAILEY says: 4

    PARTY LIKE ITS 1776

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  5. I like the way RAN PAUL came to FOX NEWS and said
    we will not let it happen, we have ways to stop it,
    and a SHERIF OF INDIANA went the same way, very cool and collective
    he said we have a CONSTITUTION and no one will change it,
    with those SHERIFS WHO HAVE THE POWER IN THEIR STATES,
    IT’S VERY COMFORTING TO HAVE THEM, THEY WILL HAVE THE LAST WORD,
    remind me of SHERIF ARPAGIO , GOING AFTER OBAMA BIRTH CERTIFICAT,
    STILL NOT PROVEN TO BE LEGIT TO THIS DAY,
    HE NEVER GAVE UP TO ANY FEAR WARNINGS, OH THERE TIM MUELER TALKING TO HANNITY,
    THEY WILL DO A GREAT JOB

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  6. Petercat says: 6

    @Kathy Bennett: #2
    “If the shoe were on the other foot this administration would be out for blood.”
    And so would the media.
    Why ask for a delay? Because it takes time to decide which of tens of thousands of documents will mysteriously disappear, of course.
    After all, when Obama promised “transparency” he was thinking in terms of a one-way mirror, which can be considered transparent, depending on which side you are seeing it from.
    It’s all our fault for not understanding that.
    sarc/off

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  7. Scott in Oklahoma says: 7

    Clearly, lawlessness prevails in this administration and apparently we have no way stopping them. If your faith in government isn’t shaken to the core by this case alone, your head is so far up your butt it’s a wonder you have ever seen daylight.

    And still, I fear for our country and our freedom….

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  8. Scott in Oklahoma
    hi
    they are crossing the line of the law of the land,
    I said above of the SHERIFS STANDS ON IT,
    AND after you said there is nothing to do,
    it tell me the OBAMA REGIME IS TAKING AWAY YOU’RE TOOLS TO BE USED ON CRIMINALS
    AND MAKING YOUR OATH NON IMPORTANT TO FOLLOW ON,
    SO I think yes there is something to do, and that is for each STATES SHERIFS TO DO WHAT THEY WILL AND RESTORE THEIR LEGITIMATE POWER GIVEN TO THEM
    TO THE MAXIMUM LIMIT, WHICH HAS BEEN KICKED OFF
    BY UNIONS AND OBAMA REGULATIONS AND ENTITELMENTS, AND EACH STATE TAKE OVER THAT POLICE POWER TO PUT CRIMINALS IN PRISON EVEN REMOVE THEM FROM LEADERSHIP POSITIONS THEY HAVE ABUSED
    SINCE 2009, THEY HAVE TRYED TO CHANGE THIS AMERICA FOREVER AND SUCCEEDING BY INDOCTRINATION OF THE MASS UNAWARE OF IT, AND ON THEIR KNEE IN FRONT OF NOT GOD BUT A LEADER TRYING TO REMOVE GOD FROM THE MINDS OF THE PEOPLE IN GREAT NEED OF IT,
    THAT BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE TO DO ANYTHING, LIKE HISTORY HAD SHOWN US,

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