DOJ tells off court system in request to dismiss Fast and Furious documents lawsuit

Attorney General Eric Holder’s Department of Justice on Monday night asked a federal court to dismiss a lawsuit the House of Representatives recently filed seeking to force President Barack Obama’s administration to release Operation Fast and Furious documents it’s still withholding from the public and from Congress.

The lawsuit — officially filed on Aug. 13 — is a result of the bipartisan June 28 House vote to hold Holder in civil contempt of Congress for his failure to comply with a congressional subpoena related to those Fast and Furious documents and other information. The House also voted Holder into criminal contempt of Congress on a bipartisan basis that day, but the Justice Department directed Ronald Machen, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, to not enforce the criminal contempt resolution.

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