A federal judge has rejected Attorney General Eric Holder’s attempt to keep the courts from wading into the “Fast and Furious” documents dispute that led to him being held in contempt by the House last year.
In a ruling Monday night, U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson turned down the Justice Department’s request to dismiss a lawsuit brought by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee after President Barack Obama asserted executive privilege to prevent some records about the administration’s response to the “Operation Fast and Furious” gunrunning scandal from being turned over to Congress.
… “Dismissing the case without hearing it would in effect place the court’s finger on the scale, designating the executive as the victor based solely on his untested assertion that the privilege applies,” she wrote.
That’s a slight improvement over just throwing it out and saying “phony scandal” and “nobody gives a shit“.
But now, the judge (an Obama appointee) has turned around and blamed the House for delays… not Holder’s lies and stonewalling:
House Republicans suing Attorney General Eric Holder for documents in their probe of the botched Operation Fast and Furious will have to put up with a delay in their case.
After the U.S. Justice Department yesterday asked to suspend the litigation, saying it lacked adequate staff for civil cases because of the partial government shutdown, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee argued the request should be denied. Government lawyers were continuing to work when a court ordered them to do so, they said.
U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson today in Washington put the case on hold.
“While the vast majority of litigants who now must endure a delay in the progress of their matters do so due to circumstances beyond their control, that cannot be said of the House of Representatives, which has played a role in the shutdown that prompted the stay motion,” she said.
“There are no exigent circumstances in this case that would justify an order of the court forcing furloughed attorneys to return to their desks,” Jackson, an appointee of President Barack Obama, said in her order.
200 dead Mexicans and two dead US citizens apparently aren’t that important. Of course, they haven’t been to the Obama administration since Obama and Holder’s DOJ decided to go kill some Mexicans as a pretext to crack down on US civil rights.
It is kind of astonishing to realize that he sent guns to Mexico, murdered hundreds, and the media wholly and completely covered for him, he was reelected to a second term, he talks to Iran but refuses to negotiate with congress, and is now locking Vietnam vets away from the Wall and WW2 vets away from the memorial.
And he gets a good laugh out of it, because the media will still blame Republicans and fools will believe it.