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Old April 26, 2013, 08:14 AM   #2733
Al Norris
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Contrary to popular belief, the debacle over Fast & Furious is not dead.

From a report by David Workman in an Examiner article: What is president hiding about Fast & Furious?

David starts his column with:

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A federal judge appointed by President Barack Obama may force him to turn loose of documents relating to Operation Fast and Furious, the scandalous gun trafficking sting that prompted a full blown investigation and hearings before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
Then from the Chicago Tribune: Obama resists Republican bid to see gun smuggling operation documents

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President Barack Obama is resisting a congressional subpoena for documents related to how the administration responded to the revelation of the failed operation known as "Fast and Furious" on the U.S.- Mexican border. It has already turned over thousands of pages of documents about the operation itself.

Justice Department lawyer Ian Gershengorn told a hearing the matter was best left to the give-and-take of the U.S. government's two elected branches, the president and Congress, and should not be a matter for the courts.
Also from The Washington Post: Judge skeptical of Justice Department’s bid to dismiss Congress’ lawsuit over Fast & Furious

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Judge Amy Berman Jackson sharply challenged the department’s claim that federal courts have no jurisdiction in the dispute. Department lawyer Ian Gershengorn said the battle over the documents should be resolved by the checks and balances between the legislative and executive branches.

“I’m a check and balance,” countered Jackson, an appointee of President Barack Obama. “The third branch exists.”
We all know that the courts move slowly, so it's not a surprise that months later, we might have something come about in this case. What is surprising is that a Judge appointed by Obama appears to be really looking at this, in a way that might topple Obama's claims of executive privilege.
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