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November 27, 2012

House, DOJ will try to resolve records lawsuit

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WASHINGTON —

The Justice Department has urged Jackson to dismiss the lawsuit. In court papers, the department argued that the Constitution does not permit the courts to resolve the political dispute between the executive branch and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

Lawyers for the House responded in their own filing that "labeling a dispute 'political' is not a legal argument; it is a talking point masquerading — poorly — as an argument."

Meanwhile, two men were sentenced to multi-year prison terms on Monday for their roles in a gun smuggling ring that was tracked by Operation Fast and Furious. The Justice Department said the men were among so-called straw buyers who illegally purchased weapons for traffickers and Mexican drug cartels in a Phoenix-based gun trafficking ring.

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