October 4, 2014
Looks like the Fast and Furious documents may have ended up in the same place as the documents exposing the Westminster pedophiles in Britain.
In an action not seen in the U.S. Department of Justice in recent history, outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday refused to comply with a court order to release a Vaughn Index of Operation Fast and Furious documents. Members of a House committee are requesting the federal judge in the case to hold Attorney General Holder in contempt of court for failing to comply with a deadline a judge set to turn over documents related to Operation Fast and Furious, according to a federal court motion on Thursday.
As per a 1974 court ruling, a Vaughn Index must: (1) identify each document withheld; (2) state the statutory exemption claimed; and (3) explain how disclosure would damage the interests protected by the claimed exemption.
On July 18, Judge John Bates ordered Holder and the Department of Justice to produce the documents list by October 1. He denied a motion by the Holder’s DOJ that the agency be given more than an extra month, until November 3, to produce the Vaughn index. According to attorneys, Judge Bates voiced his concern that the Justice Department’s request showed they were “at best… slow to react to this Court’s previous [July 18, 2014] Order. At worst, it means the Department has ignored that Order until now.”
“Here we have the nation’s top law enforcement officer telling federal judges NO to their rulings. This is one more incident that displays the lawlessness of this administration,” said former NYPD police detective Michael Snopes. “If a cop dared do what Holder’s done he’d be cooling his heels in a jail cell.”
Since Holder chose to ignore the judge’s order, in a legal motion filed Thursday afternoon, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee asked U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson to fine Holder personally if he doesn’t comply with an order requiring him to turn over non-privileged documents responsive to a House committee subpoena by Oct. 1. Judge Bates may also be set to charge Holder with contempt of court for failing to release the Vaughn List to a watchdog group Judicial Watch, as well.
House attorneys are also advising the federal court to jail the attorney general until he abides by the court ruling and releases the requested documents.
“Should the Court determine that the Attorney General has violated that Order, the Court should impose on the Attorney General an appropriate penalty to coerce his compliance with the August 20 Order, including an escalating daily monetary fine against Eric H. Holder, Jr., to be paid by Mr. Holder out of his personal assets, converting to incarceration if the payment of daily monetary fines does not produce compliance within a reasonable period of time,” House Counsel Kerry Kircher and other lawyers wrote in the new motion.
“It is a very real possibility that Eric Holder is stepping down because the revelation of what’s contained in the Fast and Furious documents may be detrimental to his life after serving Obama, or quite possibly those documents no longer exist,” former attorney and political consultant Michael Barker told the Examiner.
“There is a very real possibility that the Justice Department’s documents may have fallen into the same ‘black hole’ where Lois Lerner’s IRS documents ended up,” added former police investigator and corporate security consultant Joseph Warren, Jr.