The government watchdog Judicial Watch is urging a federal judge to allow access to crucial documents related to Operation Fast and Furious. The legal battle comes after the group made a Freedom of Information Act request for the documents.
The administration has asserted executive privilege in keeping the documents from being released to Congress, and Attorney General Eric Holder was cited for contempt of Congress two years ago over the refusals.
Tom Fitton, the group's president, explained on America's Newsroom today that DOJ successfully argued 16 months ago that the judge should hold off on ordering the release of the documents until the dispute with Congress was resolved.
"Well guess what, it's 16 months later, there's no resolution in sight and even if that fight is settled one way or another, we still have a right to these documents," said Fitton, who believes they will prove a cover-up by the Obama administration and subsequent lies to Congress about the botched gun-running operation.
Fitton said a DOJ attorney has now suggested that the documents should be kept hidden for two more years. He said the administration is bypassing the FOIA law that allows access to the documents and won't even explain to the judge why the records cannot be made public.
He said he expects a ruling on the matter within a few weeks, pointing out that his group has a record of gaining access to government documents that were kept from Congress.
Watch the full discussion above.