Judge Rules: DOJ Will Have To Give Access Of Fast And Furious Docs To House Oversight Committee

Published on October 1, 2013

A federal judge ruled Monday evening that the House Oversight and    Government Reform Committee could indeed proceed with a lawsuit against   the  Justice Department to access certain Fast and Furious documents. Attorney  General Eric Holder had attempted to dismiss the suit. But  U.S.   District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson turned aside that request,   asserting  the House claim: President Obama could not claim executive   privilege and halt  certain “Operation Fast and Furious” records from   being turned over to  Congress for review, Politico reported. It  read, in part: “This case presents the sort of question that the   courts  are traditionally called upon to resolve. Dismissing the case   without hearing  it would in effect place the court’s finger on the   scale, designating the  executive as the victor based solely on his   untested assertion that the  privilege applies.” The Justice Department only said in response that officials were reviewing  the ruling, Politico reported. The  legal brouhaha came on the heels of Mr. Holder’s refusal to  provide   all the documentation sought by House members regarding the  Justice   Department’s responses to Fast and Furious. Fast and Furious was  an  undercover  operation aimed at rooting out illegal gun trafficking   operations along the  Mexican border. Read More