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Appeals Court Overturns Ruling That Kept 'Fast and Furious' Documents from Being Released

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Via The Hill:

A federal appeals court on Friday overturned a lower court ruling that kept a lid on a handful of documents related to a lawsuit from Congress over the Obama administration’s botched “Fast and Furious” operation.

The ruling does not necessarily mean that the eight documents will be released. Instead, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D. C. Circuit merely referred the matter back to a lower court to seek clarity about another judge’s order.

At issue are a few dozen pages of documents that lawyers representing the Justice Department and the House hammered out in 2013, while discussing a settlement about the House’s lawsuit over “Fast and Furious.”
The government ultimately did not reach a settlement in those negotiations. It would take until this January for District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson to demand that the Justice Department release documents about the failed “gun-walking” operation.

But in March 2013, the conservative legal watchdog organization Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act request seeking “any and all records of communications, correspondence and contacts” between the two parties during that attempt at a settlement.

The Obama administration refused to hand over the 32 pages of corresponding documents, claiming that they were under a “court-imposed non-disclosure” rules.

Judicial Watch sued. Another district court judge ruled in favor of the government in 2014.

It is difficult to believe that there are matters of national security that need to be kept away from the public’s eyes regarding this case. Speculation has always been that it is more of a matter of personal career security for many members of the Obama administration, both past and present.

Like say…Eric Holder.

One day, if we’re lucky and America survives this election, the nefarious doings of Obama’s Justice and State departments will be known. Again, that’s if we’re lucky. The more likely scenario is that historians will take up the MSM’s burden and continue to be partisan advocates rather than objective observers, continuing to work hard at burying the truth.