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November 28, 2012
Justice Department meeting House GOP over Fast and Furious
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Fox News reports:

Justice Department lawyers and House Republicans leading an investigation into the federal gun-tracking program known as Operation Fast and Furious say they will meet "in the very near future" to try to reach a settlement over documents the Obama administration is refusing to release.

The sides have been battling for months. In a lawsuit filed in August, the attorneys representing the Republican lawmakers said Attorney General Eric Holder's "contumacious refusal" to comply with a House subpoena has prevented congressional investigators from determining whether the Justice Department intentionally tried to obstruct their investigation.

The documents at the center of the lawsuit are mostly internal Justice Department emails after Feb. 4, 2011 the point when agency officials realized they would have to retract a letter to Congress that denied Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents connected to Operation Fast and Furious let guns fall into the hands of suspected criminals.

Some of the documents recently became a matter of public record, when the Justice Department's Inspector General released his own report on Fast and Furious.

A Justice Department attorney said Tuesday during a hearing in Washington "a lot has happened" since Republicans first filed the lawsuit.

The federal judge presiding over the case, U.S. District Judge Amy Jackson, seemed to agree, saying the scope of the case has been narrowed due to "some overlap" between the documents at issue in the lawsuit and some that have now been made public by the Justice Department.

Attorney Kerry Kircher, representing the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, told Jackson that his team and lawyers from the Justice Department would be meeting "in the very near future" to discuss a settlement in the case.
11/28/12 7:11 AM
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