The House Oversight Committee filed a civil lawsuit in federal court Monday against Attorney General Eric Holder for failing to turn over documents related to the Fast and Furious gun-tracking operation.

Republican Chairman Darrell Issa (Calif.) said the move was in response to a “political maneuver” by President Obama to assert executive privilege over documents that GOP leadership and Issa had requested from the Justice Department.

“Waiting nearly eight months after the subpoena had been issued to assert a meritless claim of privilege, the President’s decision was a calculated political maneuver designed to stop the release of documents until after November’s elections,” Issa said in a statement following the lawsuit’s filing.