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Breaking: Holder defies federal court ruling and refuses to obey judge's order


Members of a House committee are requesting the federal judge in the case to hold Attorney General Holder in contempt of court for failing to comply with a deadline a judge set to turn over documents related to Operation Fast and Furious, according to a federal court motion on Thursday. What Obama promised -- transparency -- appears to have been hijacked by raw Chicago political corruption, say detractors.NewswithViews/Paul Walker

As per a 1974 court ruling, a Vaughn Index must: (1) identify each document withheld; (2) state the statutory exemption claimed; and (3) explain how disclosure would damage the interests protected by the claimed exemption.

On July 18, Judge John Bates ordered Holder and the Department of Justice to produce the documents list by October 1. He denied a motion by the Holder's DOJ that the agency be given more than an extra month, until November 3, to produce the Vaughn index. According to attorneys, Judge Bates voiced his concern that the Justice Department's request showed they were "at best... slow to react to this Court's previous [July 18, 2014] Order. At worst, it means the Department has ignored that Order until now."

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