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Obama Administration Gives Up 'Fast And Furious' Documents To House

The administration isn't fighting a court order striking down its executive privilege claim.

By Matt Picht | April 8, 2016

After running out the clock on a court order, the Obama administration has relented and given Congress thousands of pages of records relating to the Department of Justice's controversial Fast and Furious program.

The program, which was meant to trace gun purchases through criminal organizations, caused a political uproar in 2012 after several guns in the program were linked to violent crimes. The scandal eventually led to then-Attorney General Eric Holder being held in contempt by the Republican-controlled House.

At the time, the Obama administration used its executive privilege to deny the House Oversight Committee's request for records about the program. But a federal district court judge rejected that claim in January, and the Obama administration decided not to appeal the ruling.

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House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz said in a statement he will appeal the ruling, because he says the court's order doesn't cover the full range of documents needed to finish the committee's investigation.

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