Attorney General Eric Holder wants to appeal a recent judge’s ruling that allows the House to continue with its contempt case, related to Holder’s refusal to turn over documents concerning the Justice Department’s failed Operation Fast and Furious gun-tracking program.
Holder made the request Friday night to U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson, asking that the Justice Department be allowed to put the case in front of a federal appeals court before Jackson makes any final decisions.
In September, Jackson rejected the Obama administration’s request to have the case dismissed.
The GOP-led House voted last year to put Holder in contempt of court after President Obama invoked executive privilege and Holder refused to turn over the documents.
The appeal filed Friday, reported first by Politico, makes essentially the same argument as the request-to-dismiss case — that courts shouldn’t get involved in trying to settle disputes between the Executive and Legislative branches.