U.S. judge rejects government bid to kill ˜Fast and Furious’ suit

Nick Brown
Reuters
October 1, 2013

A U.S. judge on Monday refused to dismiss a lawsuit by Republican lawmakers who accuse Attorney General Eric Holder of wrongfully withholding documents tied to an investigation into a botched probe of gun trafficking on the U.S.-Mexican border.

“Neither legal nor prudential considerations support the dismissal of this action, District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson wrote in a ruling rejecting the Department of Justice’s request to dismiss the lawsuit in federal court in Washington.

The Republican-led House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform sued Holder in August 2012, seeking to enforce its subpoena connected to the gun trafficking probe dubbed “Operation Fast and Furious after the Obama administration refused to turn over related documents.

The federal operation aimed to build a case against major gun traffickers who supplied firearms to Mexican drug cartels, electing not to immediately prosecute low-level traffickers even as they bought 2,000 potentially illegal guns.

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