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House files suit against Holder over gov’t records

August 14th 2012   ·   50 Comments

House files suit against Holder over gov't records

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Republican-run House on Monday asked a federal court to enforce a subpoena against Attorney General Eric Holder, demanding that he produce records on a bungled gun-tracking operation known as Operation Fast and Furious.

The lawsuit asked the court to reject a claim by President Barack Obama asserting executive privilege, a legal position designed to protect certain internal administration communications from disclosure.

The failure of Holder and House Republicans to work out a deal on the documents led to votes in June that held the attorney general in civil and criminal contempt of Congress. The civil contempt resolution led to Monday’s lawsuit.

Holder refused requests by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to hand over – without preconditions – documents that could explain why the Justice Department initially denied in February 2011 that a risky tactic was used to allow firearms to “walk” from Arizona to Mexico.

Federal agents lost track of many of the guns. The operation identified more than 2,000 illicitly purchased weapons, and some 1,400 of them have yet to be recovered.

The department failed to acknowledge its incorrect statement for 10 months.

“Portentously, the (Justice) Department from the outset actively resisted cooperating fully with the committee’s investigation,” the lawsuit said.

“Among other things, the department initially declined to produce documents; later produced only very limited numbers of documents in piecemeal fashion; refused to make available to the committee certain witnesses; and limited the committee’s questioning of other witnesses who were made available,” it said.

The Justice Department previously said that it would not bring criminal charges against its boss. Democrats have labeled the civil and criminal contempt citations a political stunt.

Numerous lawmakers said this was the first time a Cabinet official had been held in contempt.

The lawsuit asked that:

-The executive privilege claim by Obama be declared invalid.

-Holder’s objection to the House records subpoena be rejected.

-The attorney general produce all records related to the Justice Department’s incorrect assertion in early 2011 that gun-walking did not take place.

The administration’s position reciting the words “executive privilege” rests entirely on a common law privilege known as the “deliberative process privilege” and “is legally baseless,” says the lawsuit.

Historically, there are two main types of executive privilege. One privilege, for “presidential communications,” only covers the president and the work of top aides preparing advice for the president.

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Readers Comments (50)

  1. It is about Damned time. What took so long

  2. It is about Damned time. What took so long

  3. Let’s find out the truth about fast and furious… The truth shall set you free….

  4. Let’s find out the truth about fast and furious… The truth shall set you free….

  5. They should throw him in Jail!

  6. They should throw him in Jail!

  7. Don’t waste the tax payers money. Nothing will happen. Spend your time on something that will help America.

  8. Don’t waste the tax payers money. Nothing will happen. Spend your time on something that will help America.

  9. I just pray “THE TRUTH COMES OUT.”

  10. I just pray “THE TRUTH COMES OUT.”

  11. Run holder out of Washington into a jail cell for lying to Congress.

  12. Run holder out of Washington into a jail cell for lying to Congress.

  13. Well. THEY GAVE EM ENOUGH TIME TO DESTROY ANYTHING INCRIMINATING! !!!

  14. Well. THEY GAVE EM ENOUGH TIME TO DESTROY ANYTHING INCRIMINATING! !!!

  15. John LaPorta says:

    Is Obummer hidding something

  16. John LaPorta says:

    Is Obummer hidding something

  17. they don’t want u to know that they let drugs flow freely across the boarder,,,

  18. they don’t want u to know that they let drugs flow freely across the boarder,,,

  19. Larry Ward says:

    A vote for Romney/Ryan is a vote for AMERICA!!!!!! It’s a NEW DAY, America!!
    ¤*¨¨*¤.¸¸…¸.¤*¨¨*¤.
    ¸.♥ ROMNEY/RYAN ♥¸
    .¸.¤*¨¨*¤.¸¸.¸.¤*¨¨*¤.

  20. Larry Ward says:

    A vote for Romney/Ryan is a vote for AMERICA!!!!!! It’s a NEW DAY, America!!
    ¤*¨¨*¤.¸¸…¸.¤*¨¨*¤.
    ¸.♥ ROMNEY/RYAN ♥¸
    .¸.¤*¨¨*¤.¸¸.¸.¤*¨¨*¤.

  21. Lock his ass and oblamers ass up for treason against the Republic of America!

  22. Lock his ass and oblamers ass up for treason against the Republic of America!

  23. Good! He should NEVER have entered the halls of our government! NEVER!

  24. Good! He should NEVER have entered the halls of our government! NEVER!

  25. Holder should be sharing a cell in Leavenworth with Obama! Lets not forget who Holder’s boss is. Holder does nothing without his boss’s permission and his boss does nothing without his boss’s permission (George Soros)!

  26. Holder should be sharing a cell in Leavenworth with Obama! Lets not forget who Holder’s boss is. Holder does nothing without his boss’s permission and his boss does nothing without his boss’s permission (George Soros)!

  27. Amen Richard. Let em rattle their tin cups for their food.

  28. Amen Richard. Let em rattle their tin cups for their food.

  29. George Duke says:

    Isn’t he part of Obama’s Chicago mob?

  30. George Duke says:

    Isn’t he part of Obama’s Chicago mob?

  31. If it would have been me I would have done been in prison and the key thrown away . Goes to show what the goverment does to the tax payers of America.

  32. If it would have been me I would have done been in prison and the key thrown away . Goes to show what the goverment does to the tax payers of America.

  33. Chuck Miller says:

    I am Taking BETs—-I say THERE IS NO ACCOUNTIBILITY>>>>>I belive OUR (so Called) Judicial –Supreme Court has the Authority to ,Order an Arrest for “Contempt”, BUT—I Notice “NO ONE HAS “.

  34. Chuck Miller says:

    I am Taking BETs—-I say THERE IS NO ACCOUNTIBILITY>>>>>I belive OUR (so Called) Judicial –Supreme Court has the Authority to ,Order an Arrest for “Contempt”, BUT—I Notice “NO ONE HAS “.





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