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HOLDER BEGS COURT TO STOP DOCUMENT RELEASE ON FAST AND FURIOUS

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Attorney General Eric Holder and his Department of Justice have asked 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.

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» 13 Comments

  1. Jail Time

    January 18th, 2013

    Holder needs to do some Jail Time.

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  2. KF

    January 18th, 2013

    God bless Judicial Watch. Ee sure as heck don’t have any opposition to that scumbag lawbreaker in the GOP.

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  3. KF

    January 18th, 2013

    We sure as heck…

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  4. Claudia

    January 18th, 2013

    Maybe after the pro-2nd Amendment rallys this Saturday, gun owners should plan a march on Holder’s office.

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  5. dude

    January 18th, 2013

    Hey peanut head, F*ck you!

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  6. Hotlanta Mike

    January 18th, 2013

    The Attorney General of Mexico needs to join the lawsuits to release these documents. If not, issue international arrest warrants for Holder et al.

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  7. jeckelmyhyde

    January 18th, 2013

    You have to give Stedman credit, I was sure that the GOP had him dead to rights and Obama would have to give him a vote of no confidence, but he has managed to skate away unscathed each and every time.

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  8. Bad Brad

    January 18th, 2013

    That must mean somebodies getting close to the good stuff.

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  9. AbigailAdams

    January 18th, 2013

    So Holder puts the lie to the phrase “Equal justice under the law.” Irony of ironies. For the DoJ to invoke the “currently under investigation” excuse time and again, is the ultimate mockery.

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  10. Carlos The Vandal

    January 18th, 2013

    Because if the public finds out all we’ve been up to, Tree-rope-some assembly.

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  11. Stranded in Sonoma

    January 18th, 2013

    [The] administration filed what’s called a “motion to stay” the suit. Such a motion is something that if granted would delay the lawsuit indefinitely.

    Now you know why 0bama “won” the election. It had little to do with his agenda. It had mostly to do with covering his ass.

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  12. Rick

    January 19th, 2013

    “If you’ve done nothing wrong, what are you afraid of?” — Phrase uttered by every cop that has ever wanted to search your vehicle.

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  13. HangTraitors

    January 19th, 2013

    Justice department? What ever gave you the idea we had anything to do with justice?

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