DOJ agrees to hand over documents related to Operation Fast and Furious
By Chris Eger
Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., delivers remarks following President Barack Obama’s statement announcing Holder’s departure, in the State Dining Room of the White House, Sept. 25, 2014. (Photo: Chuck Kennedy/White House Archives)
The U.S. Department of Justice on Wednesday announced they will end a six-year legal battle with lawmakers and provide documents withheld in the Obama-era gun-walking scandal.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the conditional settlement between DOJ and the Republican-controlled House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to turn over additional documents long ago subpoenaed in connection to a failed sting operation that “let guns walk” from licensed dealers across the border to Mexico.
Dubbed Operation Fast and Furious by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the program allowed known gun traffickers and straw buyers in the Southwest to purchase as many as 2,000 guns between 2009 and 2011 with the intention of tracing them the end-users in the criminal underworld. In most cases, however, the guns went on simply arm those involved in Mexico’s ongoing narco wars leaving at least one federal law enforcement officer and as many as 200 Mexican nationals dead with weapons shipped during the operation.
The resulting Congressional investigation into the “gunwalking” operations, once they