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Judicial Watch sues DOJ over Fast and Furious stonewalling

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Conservative watchdog Judicial Watch has had enough of the Obama administration’s stonewalling over Operation Fast and Furious, and has filed a new federal lawsuit against the Department of Justice.

Judicial Watch announced last week that on September 5, 2013, it filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit in D.C.  federal court seeking all documents and records related to Attorney General Eric Holder’s contempt of Congress citation from June 2012.

According to a statement on the legal watchdog group’s website:

“Eric Holder is using his legal battle with Congress to keep the American people from knowing the full truth about the Obama administration’s Fast and Furious killings and lies,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “And yet, Eric Holder has been dragging out the ‘settlement’ talks to the point where Congress has called them a ‘waste of everyone’s time.’ The Obama gang would rather stall for time than defend the Obama’s administration secretive claims of executive privilege on Fast and Furious in court.”

After Congress found Holder in civil and criminal contempt for failing to turn over subpoenaed documents and Obama invoked executive privilege to prevent those documents from being given to Congress, the House sued Holder to get a court to enforce the subpoena.

According to Judicial Watch, although a judge ordered the House Oversight Committee and Holder to “enter into mediation” back in March, Holder continued to “drag out the settlement talks,” prompting JW’s new lawsuit “to get records detailing these negotiations.”

For months now, the DOJ has refused compliance with Judicial Watch’s original FOIA request dated March 20, 2013, which is why it now seeks:

Any and all records of communications, correspondence, and contacts between the Department of Justice and the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform concerning or relating to a settlement in Committee on Oversight and Government Reform v. Holder, 1:12-cv-01332, U.S. District Court, District of Columbia (Washington). Such records include, but are not limited to, records of the settlement discussion themselves. The timeframe for this request is October 1, 2012 to March 20, 2013.

Fast and Furious is, of course, the disastrous and deadly Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms operation from September 2009 through December 2010 that allowed over 2,000 weapons to fall into the hands of Mexico’s most dangerous drug cartels.

Those guns were used in the killing of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, and allegedly, Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agent Jaime Zapata.

Related: “Expected ruling in weeks on Holder’s ‘Fast and Furious’ contempt suit”

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