Federal Court Grants Hearing on DOJ “Fast and Furious” Documents to Judicial Watch
(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced that a hearing will be held on July 8 before Judge John D. Bates regarding its motion to lift the indefinite stay of proceedings in its Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit seeking access to those “Operation Fast and Furious” documents that the Obama Administration refuses to produce to Congress claiming that the records are protected by executive privilege (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Justice (No. 1:12-cv-1510)).
Date: Tuesday, July 8
Time: 4 p.m. ET
Location: Courtroom 30A
U.S. District Court
333 Constitution Ave NW
District of Columbia
According to the Judicial Watch brief:
Two years ago, on June 22, 2012, Judicial Watch sent a Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) request to the U.S. Department of Justice (“the Department”) seeking access to a very specific set of records. Although the requested records were also requested by the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform of the U.S. House of Representatives (“the Committee”), the case before this Court is a FOIA case…
The Department argues that the stay should not be lifted because nothing substantive has happened in the House Committee litigation. That is the point. Sixteen months have passed since the Court first stayed the proceedings, and the House Committee litigation is no closer to resolution… no settlement has been reached, and Judge Jackson did not grant the Department’s motion to dismiss. It is now time for this Court to adjudicate the FOIA case before it.