WASHINGTON, September 26, 2014 — The announcement of Attorney General Eric Holder’s resignation helped bury news of U.S. District Court Judge John D. Bates’ denial of a Justice Department request to delay the release of documents pertaining to Operation Fast and Furious, in which at least 2,000 weapons were sold to Mexican drug cartels by the Obama administration.
The 64,000 documents in question were denied to congressional investigators when President Obama asserted executive privilege prior to the 2012 presidential election.
Judge Bates ordered Justice to produce a “Vaughn index” to “identify each document withheld” and “explain how disclosure would damage the interests protected by the claimed [executive privilege] exemption.”
The judge ordered the documents be placed in his hands no later than October 22.
Can you say, “October Surprise”?
Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said, “From Operation Fast and Furious to his misleading testimony before the House Judiciary Committee regarding the Department’s dealings with members of the media and his refusal to appoint a special counsel to investigate the IRS’ targeting of conservative groups, Mr. Holder has consistently played partisan politics with many of the important issues facing the Justice Department.”
Last December, a government source informed CNN that a Fast and Furious weapon was recovered from the scene of a shootout between cartel thugs and Mexican authorities at Puerto Peñasco, Mexico.
“In Operation Fast and Furious, the Mexican drug cartels found an easy way to supplement their own illegal ways,” said Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, a ranking Republican member on the Senate Judiciary Committee. “Worse yet, the Obama administration has yet to publicly hold anyone accountable for this disastrous policy. Unfortunately, guns from Fast and Furious will be found in operations like this for years to come.”
Eric Holder may soon be leaving the Justice Department, but his legacy will live on in the death and maiming of the innocent.
Don’t let the door hit you on the way out, Eric.