Defending the Judeo-Christian Heritage, limited government, and the American Constitution
Wednesday August 5th 2015

lincoln family bible study
Read along with us; share your insights, ask questions, post a link that adds to the discussion
S.E.M., Vol. 1, No. 7
Federalist 69 - by Alexander Hamilton. 1. What are the chief characters in regards to the President as outlined in the proposed Constitution? 2. Why does Hamilton believe the term of office for a President should be longer than three years? 3. What was the term of office for the king of England and what, in your opinion, is the potential for abuse in such a term? Would the term of office of the king of England present any advantages - in the Founders experience and in your opinion - over over the new American system? Read all of the questions and post your response at our new resource Self-Educated Man

ACLJ Backs Lawsuit Against AG Holder Over Fast & Furious

JAY SEKULOW, ACLJ

After failed attempts to get key documents in its investigation of the botched gun-running program known as Operation Fast & Furious, Congress filed a federal lawsuit in August urging a judge to force Attorney General Holder and the Justice Department to turn over critical documents in the case. There’s still many unanswered questions about the failed gun-running operation that put guns into the hands of Mexican drug cartels – a program that resulted in the murder of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.

The lawsuit was filed by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and says those documents “would enable the Committee (and the American people) to understand how and why the Department provided false information to Congress and otherwise obstructed” the Congressional investigation.

The tactics employed by Holder and the Justice Department in the probe of Operation Fast & Furious reveal one thing: we have an Attorney General who’s more interested in playing politics than upholding the rule of law and the U.S. Constitution.

The Justice Department has asked the federal court to dismiss the suit. Today, we filed an important brief urging the court to permit the lawsuit to proceed. In our amicus brief, we argue that the court has proper jurisdiction in this matter and should let the case move forward.

Our brief states:

“At stake here is Congress’s constitutional authority to investigate an egregious federal program in which the Department of Justice intentionally permitted guns to be illegally obtained and sold to Mexican drug cartels (Operation Fast and Furious), and then obstructed Congress’s efforts to obtain key information about the Operation. This Court clearly has jurisdiction in this case, and contrary to Defendant’s claims, judicial abstention would do far greater injury to the separation of powers than permitting the Executive to continue its intransigent opposition to Congress’s constitutional role.”

This case should proceed. We’ll keep you posted on the decision the court will reach with respect to dismissing the suit, or permitting it to move forward.

The American people deserve the truth. And, because of the stonewalling and refusal to cooperate by Holder and the DOJ, this lawsuit is essential to get to the bottom of what happened with this tragic program.


Jay Sekulow is Chief Counsel of the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), one of the most prestigious law firms in the country. He is an accomplished Supreme Court advocate, renowned expert on religious liberty, and a respected broadcaster. Jay Sekulow is an attorney with a passion for protecting religious liberty – freedom – democracy.


Used with the permission of the American Center for Law and Justice.