Fast and Furious Fight With Holder Continues

It’s been just over a week since Attorney General Eric Holder officially announced he would be sticking around as the head of the Justice Department for “about a year,” but his planned departure hasn’t made the battle for Fast and Furious documents go away and the House Oversight Committee, headed by Chairman Darrell Issa, is still embroiled in a lawsuit over President Obama’s assertion of executive privilege over subpoenaed documents. Regardless, it looks like DOJ might be willing to strike some kind of deal to get the scandal to go away.

Lawyers for U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and a House committee said they will discuss settling a lawsuit to enforce congressional subpoenas probing the Justice Department’s Operation Fast and Furious.

Holding settlement talks “is the appropriate course here,” Ian Gershengorn, a deputy assistant attorney general, told U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson in a hearing today in Washington.

Kerry Kircher, the House general counsel, said the meeting should occur in the “near future.” No date has been set. The parties rejected the judge’s offer to appoint a mediator.

The lawsuit against Holder brought by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee stems from the panel’s investigation into so-called…

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