DOJ Uses Election Eve To Obscure Fast And Furious Document Dump

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 08: Attorney General Eric Holder gestures while answering questions during a Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on Capitol Hill on November 8, 2011 in Washington, DC. The committee is hearing testimony from the Attorney General on the controversial "Fast and Furious" gun-running program. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

On November 3, the day before the midterm elections, the Department of Justice released over 64,000 pages of materials pertaining to BATFE’s Operation Fast and Furious, to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Some, including former CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson who helped break the Fast and Furious story, have suggested that the timing of the document dump was cynically calculated to ensure the release of the documents would not receive adequate press coverage.

The documents had long been sought by the Oversight Committee, but the Obama administration exercised Executive Privilege to avoid turning them over. The Obama DOJ’s lack of cooperation led to a vote in the House holding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for failing to produce the materials.


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