The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has struck a deal with the Justice Department to end a lawsuit filed seven years ago over the Operation Fast and Furious scandal.
According to Politico, the settlement ended the drawn-out legal fight that began in 2012 after then-Attorney General Eric Holder refused to hand over documents related to the scandal, which resulted in the House holding him in contempt. As many as 2,000 weapons were illegally sold in Mexico, including one that was suspected in the death of a Border Patrol agent.
District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson issued a ruling in the case a year ago, which temporarily derailed a tentative agreement struck between both sides. In the new agreement, the House panel and the DOJ agreed to abandon their appeals and lawsuit.
"The Parties agree that because subsequent developments have obviated the need to resolve those issues in an appeal in this case, the District Court's holdings should not in any way control the resolution of the same or similar issues should they arise in other litigation between the Committee and the Executive Branch, and hereby waive any right to argue that the judgment of the District Court or any of the District Court's orders or opinions in this case have any preclusive effect in any other litigation," reads the agreement, according to Politico.
Holder being held in contempt was in the news this week because current Attorney General William Barr was found to be in contempt via a House Judiciary Committee vote over his refusal to release the unredacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller's report. The measure now goes to the House floor for a full chamber vote.
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