Judicial Watch's Fitton: Fast and Furious Papers to Be Released

Monday, 04 Aug 2014 07:57 PM

By Courtney Coren

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Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton tells Newsmax TV that the government watchdog group will have documents related to the "Operation Fast and Furious" gun-running operation this October.

Fitton told Ed Berliner on "MidPoint" on Monday that Judicial Watch used the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to petition for the documents that Attorney General Eric Holder had refused to turn over.

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"Holder was held in contempt of Congress in a historic event because he refused to turn over to the House documents about Fast and Furious," Fitton said. "Specifically, documents about why the Department of Justice and the Obama administration lied to the House about Fast and Furious."

After Holder was held in contempt of Congress in June 2012, "the president made the extraordinary move of claiming executive privilege over these documents, which, practically speaking, prevented Holder from being prosecuted for this contempt, and the House has been battling for these documents ever since."

Judicial Watch filed its "Fast and Furious" FOIA request in 2012, "but the Department of Justice came in and stayed our case for two years while the big boys fought it out — the House and the Department of Justice."

The watchdog group said the federal judge overseeing the case "said Judicial Watch's FOIA request probably has a right to proceed."

On Oct. 1, the group is "supposed to get at least a list of the documents they're supposedly withholding from disclosure."

Fitton says that this document is something "Congress should have held Holder in contempt for and [has] been fighting for two years."

Judicial Watch has also successfully obtained documents related to the IRS targeting scandal and the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, among others.

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