Skip to comments.Justice Department seeks dismissal of Fast and Furious lawsuit
Posted on 10/16/2012 7:53:06 AM PDT by Snuph
WASHINGTON The Justice Department on Monday night sought dismissal of a lawsuit by a Republican-led House of Representatives 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. 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. If the lawsuit is allowed to go forward, "countless other suits by Congress are sure to follow, given the volume of document requests issued by the dozens of congressional committees that perform oversight functions," the Justice Department's court filing stated.
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After Mr. Romney is elected, I hope he decides to clean house in the Justice and Treasury departments—house cleanings that include prison sentences for demonstrated abuse of power, bribes-taking, dereliction of duty—or what else is a drunk Secret Service agent intoxicated and sleeping on the job doing?
Well, there is a provision provided by the Constitution, and it doesn't have anything to do with the courts. It's called "impeachment". Does the Administration disagree with this procedure?
No conflict of interest HERE! LOL!