October 4, 2013
Despite Attorney General Eric Holder’s best efforts to sweep the Fast and Furious fiasco under the rug, the case remains very much alive.
The House of Representatives is suing Attorney General Eric Holder for refusing to turn over subpoenaed documents relating to Operation Fast and Furious. And when the Department of Justice asked a federal judge to dismiss the lawsuit, the judge (an Obama appointee) rejected the request.
Heritage Foundation experts Hans von Spakovsky and John Malcolm explain:
In its motion to dismiss, the DOJ made the startling argument that the courts have no role in resolving a dispute between Congress and the President over the legitimacy of his invocation of executive privilege. This would permit the President to stonewall any congressional inquiry—as Richard Nixon tried to do by ignoring subpoenas—or invoke executive privilege in an improper fashion to prevent the disclosure of embarrassing information or criminal conduct.
The judge rejected the Obama administration’s case because, she said, “endorsing the proposition that the executive may assert an unreviewable right to withhold materials from the legislature would offend the Constitution.”
Do you think Eric Holder should be held accountable for Operation Fast and Furious?