Chaffetz Statement on Fast and Furious Documents

Published: Apr 8, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) issued the following statement on the ongoing investigation and lawsuit related to Operation Fast and Furious:

“As we’ve long asserted, the Committee requires and is entitled to these documents. They are critical to the Committee’s efforts to complete meaningful oversight. The Committee has a duty to understand and shine light on what was happening inside DOJ during the time of this irresponsible operation. Yet DOJ has obstructed our investigative work for years. Today, under court order, DOJ turned over some of the subpoenaed documents. The Committee, however, is entitled to the full range of documents for which it brought this lawsuit. Accordingly, we have appealed the District Court’s ruling in order to secure those additional documents.

Background:

On January 19, 2016, a U.S. District Court judge ruled the Obama administration cannot use executive privilege to keep Operation Fast and Furious records from Congress.