Lawyers for U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and a House committee said they will discuss settling a lawsuit to enforce congressional subpoenas probing the Justice Department’s Operation Fast and Furious.
Holding settlement talks “is the appropriate course here,” Ian Gershengorn, a deputy assistant attorney general, told U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson in a hearing today in Washington.
Kerry Kircher, the House general counsel, said the meeting should occur in the “near future.” No date has been set. The parties rejected the judge’s offer to appoint a mediator.
The lawsuit against Holder brought by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee stems from the panel’s investigation into so-called gun walking, which allowed illegal gun purchases in the U.S. to proceed in an effort to link the weapons to Mexican gangs. Holder, citing executive privilege, has refused to give lawmakers some material they wanted.