Obama DOJ Scrambles To Dismiss Fast & Furious Lawsuit

On Monday evening the Obama Justice Department sought dismissal of a lawsuit brought by the Republican-led House Oversight Committee. The reason for the lawsuit is that the committee is still demanding that Attorney General Eric Holder turn over thousands of documents that he has failed to provide to the committee or to the Inspector General Michael Horowitz.

Fox News reports,

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. "This case thus illustrates vividly why the judiciary must defer to the time-tested political process for resolution of such disputes."

So far, the only people taking heat because of the Operation have been those much lower down the food chain. Vince Cefalu was recently fired in the parking lot of a Denny's restaurant. Special Agent John Dodson's reputation was smeared by the administration and ATF. These were men that blew the whistle on the operation.

When it comes to those that the federal government actually found guilty of wrongdoing. Holder was all too happy to announce:

“First, Kenneth Melson, the former Acting Director at ATF, has retired from the Department, effective immediately. Ken has served the Department in several important roles for over thirty years, including as a United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia and more recently as an advisor on forensic science issues. I want to thank him for his dedication and service to the Department over the last three decades.

“Second, those individuals within ATF and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Arizona, whom the OIG report found to have been responsible for designing, implementing or supervising Operation Fast and Furious have been referred to the appropriate entities for review and consideration of potential personnel actions. Consistent with the requirements of the Privacy Act, the Department is prohibited from revealing any additional information about these referrals at this time.

“Finally, I have accepted the resignation of Deputy Assistant Attorney General Jason Weinstein, a longtime career prosecutor who most recently served in the Criminal Division where he led our violent and organized crime, computer crimes and intellectual property enforcement efforts. Jason has dedicated much of his career to fighting violent crime and has led highly successful efforts around the country in this effort. The American people are safer because of his work. His commitment to the Department has been unwavering, and I deeply appreciate his 15 years of distinguished service here at Main Justice as well as in Baltimore and New York.

Other ATF Supervisors were also ripped by Congress.

The obvious issue in all of this is what seemingly no one is asking. If Operation was only known to the lower departments and agents in certain areas of the ATF and not known to either the Justice Deparment, Eric Holder or Barack Obama, then why was executive privilege invoked? It makes no sense to do that, unless, as Barack Obama so eloquently put it, "The only people that don’t want to disclose the truth, are people with something to hide.”

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  • OldProudArmedWhiteGuy

    Maybe it is time to "hit Holder with the same prejudice" that he slings so readily.

  • MG Will Flatt

    Title should read: 'DOJ Scrambles to Shred All Incriminating Fast & Furious Documents'

  • Nellie CA

    Obama throwing Hillary under the bus was a good one! I wonder what Obama knows about her that she don't want public. She shouldn't take the blame for the murders!

  • Nellie CA

    Why hasn't Holder been tried and convicted by our government? Same with the guy who did the shooting at Fort Hood. He is still not tried and if Obama gets another term he will probably be appointed to some office. GOD HELP OUR COUNTRY

  • dontknonuthin

    vote ron paul, if ur votin 4 obama ur whats rong w the US, if ur votin 4 mitt, ur just another dummy thats been glued to the tv n havent learned to think on ur own yet.

  • dontknonuthin

    vote ron paul...!

  • underthewire

    If it wasn't for executive privileges, Obama would be useless. A dictator in the making and someones boy toy.

  • Dingbat36

    R U Kidding? I do not think any of these "documents" exist. I am convinced that they were destroyed (illegally, of course) and the only reason that the administration is stonewalling is that they do NOT want to admit that the required documents no longer exist!!

  • Panama Steve

    How much retirement is the American people going to pay all these people who have conveniently retired so as to escape responsibility?

  • USAmerican

    Both of these swindlers and liars need to be brought up on treason charges. What is our other three branches of government doing? Where are they? They need to do their business or get off the damn thrown.

    • Dingbat36

      #1 There are only two other branches of government.........and #2 the word you were looking for to equate with a commode was THRONE not thrown. Otherwise you were spot on!!

  • icthelite

    *** "the attorney general has been found to be in contempt of Congress " ***
    Words that evidently don't mean to much or pose any threat seeings as no action has been taken against Holder. Also how is it the President can invoked executive privilege to conceal documents requested for an open investigation?

    • Dingbat36

      This administration has nothing but contempt for Congress or the SCOTUS. It is the reason we need to get rid of these TYRANTS!!

  • Gina

    Amen to the last statement in the article. obama said it himself. Amazing.

  • di from Oregon

    CORRUPTION, corruptions, lies, deceit, cover ups, stall tactics, this is the legacy of this administration! This is all that they have managed to succeed at! Complete, corrupt, thugs, loving the lie. There is a special place in hell for those who love the lie!