In a statement Wednesday, the Justice Department announced it officially entered into a “conditional settlement agreement” to “begin to produce additional documents related to Operation Fast and Furious” to the House Oversight Committee.
I bet you weren't expecting an update on the Obama-era gunwalking operation, Fast and Furious, today, were you? pic.twitter.com/fUTKPAntgh
— Chris “Subscribe to Law Dork!” Geidner (@chrisgeidner) March 7, 2018
The statement reads:
Today, the Department of Justice entered into a conditional settlement agreement with the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and will begin to produce additional documents related to Operation Fast and Furious. The conditional settlement agreement, filed in federal court in Washington D.C., would end six years of litigation arising out of the previous administration’s refusal to produce documents requested by the Committee.
In announcing the settlement, Attorney General Sessions said:
“The Department of Justice under my watch is committed to transparency and the rule of law. This settlement agreement is an important step to make sure that the public finally receives all the facts related to Operation Fast and Furious.”
The development is especially newsworthy as former Congressman Jason Chaffetz recently revealed that Sessions denied his request for additional documents on the Obama-era gun-running scheme.
On Saturday, Kent Terry, the brother of murdered border patrol agent Brian Terry, pleaded with President Trump to reexamine the gun-running scheme.
“#FastAndFurious @realDonaldTrump Sir it’s been 7 yrs .my family ask you reopen Obama’s gun scandal that cost my brother his life..I talk to you back on the campaign trail here in Michigan and you offered to reopen the books into this senseless scandal .thank you.God bless,” Terry tweeted.
In response, Chaffetz said, “I met with AG Sessions to get the Fast & Furious documents. He said NO and decided to let it continue to play out in court. Frustrating and disappointing to say the least.”
I met with AG Sessions to get the Fast & Furious documents. He said NO and decided to let it continue to play out in court. Frustrating and disappointing to say the least. @realDonaldTrump #FastAndFurious https://t.co/0rRaSAskC8
— Jason Chaffetz (@jasoninthehouse) March 3, 2018