Judge: DOJ has until Oct. 22 to produce list of Fast & Furious docs

Judge: DOJ has until Oct. 22 to produce list of Fast & Furious docs

[Ed. – Could this be the real Holder is leaving?]

Two days before Attorney General Eric Holder announced his resignation, a federal court ordered the Justice Department to produce, by October 22, a detailed list of Fast and Furious documents sought by a conservative watchdog group.

Judicial Watch requested the documents in a June 2012 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. Three months later, in September 2012, Judicial Watch filed a FOIA lawsuit, seeking all of the documents the Obama White House was withholding from Congress under a claim of executive privilege.

This week, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that the Justice Department must submit a “Vaughn Index” of the requested documents by October 22 — a three-week extension of the earlier Oct. 1 deadline set by the court.

A Vaughn index identifies each document withheld; explains the legal basis for withholding the documents; and explains how their disclosure would be a problem. Basically, in this case, it forces the Justice Department to justify withholding the information that Judical Watch has sued to obtain.

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