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Posted on 10/15/2012 10:19:08 PM PDT by Nachum
WASHINGTON (AP) The Justice Department on Monday night sought dismissal of a lawsuit by a Republican-led House committee demanding that Attorney General Eric Holder produce records about the botched law enforcement probe of gun-trafficking called Operation Fast and Furious.
President Barack Obama has invoked executive privilege and the attorney general has been found to be in contempt of Congress for refusing to turn over documents that might explain what led the Justice Department to reverse course after initially denying that federal agents had used a controversial tactic called gun-walking in the failed law enforcement operation. The tactic resulted in hundreds of illegally acquired weapons purchased at Arizona gun shops winding up in Mexico, where many of them were recovered from crime scenes. Two guns in Operation Fast and Furious were found on the U.S. side of the border at the scene of a shooting in which U.S. border agent Brian Terry was killed. In a Feb. 4, 2011 letter to Congress, the Justice Department said that agents made every effort to interdict weapons that have been purchased illegally and prevent their transportation to Mexico, which turned out to be incorrect. Ten months later, the department withdrew the letter.
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In its court papers, the Justice Department says the Constitution does not permit the courts to resolve the political dispute between the executive branch and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that is seeking the records. The political branches have a long history of resolving disputes over congressional requests without judicial intervention, the court filing said.See? Holder does care about the Constitution! Take that, you naysayers!
I'm certain he fully intends to work diligently to resolve the document disputes in a fair and amicable manner as well.
eric the holder trying to keep holding...
Yeah! On November 7th the document shredders and furnaces will be working beau coupe overtime, the computers that were used will be upgraded with new hard drives.
Issa only has to keep the dog and pony show going for a couple more weeks.
IMO, the House Committee on Hindsight and Government Excpansion is a joke. It gives various Congresscritters facetime before the cameras and accomplishes little of import.
See? Holder does care about the Constitution! Take that, you naysayers!
” In its court papers, the Justice Department says the Constitution does not permit the courts to resolve the political dispute”
This is not a dispute, it is a federal crime.
Indeed; but we should really be calling it something a bit stronger: State Sponsored Terrorism and Treason.
” State Sponsored Terrorism and Treason. “
Thanks, you are correct.
Romney did a good job bringing up F & F last night. And Candy Crowley did a good job changing the subject as fast as she could so Obama could ignore and not have to address the issue.
Yep. I did a cartwheel when Romney brought up Gunwalker. The next debate will bring another opportunity too. Especially if we begin talking about relations with Mexico.
Romney went for the jugular and I was glad to hear it.
I’m more impressed with Romney each time I see him. During the primaries, I thought he stuttered and stumbled in his speech...reminded me of me....but in these debates, he’s not missing a word...smooth as can be. I can live with his immigration stand.