In a hearing before U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson on Jan. 10, it became clear that a settlement of the suit brought by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee against Attorney General Eric Holder for contempt of Congress, for failing to provide subpoenaed documents in the Committee's investigation of Operation Fast and Furious is unlikely.
According to an attorney for the House Oversight committee, settlement talks have stalled. Kerry Kircher, general counsel for the House, told Judge Jackson that mediation to settle the complaint would be largely a waste of time.
"I don't believe it will do any good," Kircher said. "I'm not encouraged by where the parties stand."
The Justice Department also rejected mediation of the case. Jackson urged attorneys for both sides to keep talking, but admitted that "the pace of negotiations isn't encouraging."
A hearing on the Justice Department's request to dismiss the case is scheduled for Feb. 7.
On January 3, after the House adopted H. Res. 5 and H. Res. 6, the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, Darrell Issa, issued a new subpoena to Holder. The response date on the new subpoena was January 7, at noon. The response time passed and no responsive documents were produced by Holder.
As Obama continues to lie and stonewall in the case of the Al-Qaeda 9/11/12 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, the fact that the House continues to uncompromisingly pursue this case, could result in an additional flank opening against Obama during upcoming investigations of Obama's provision of weapons and other assistance to the very terrorists groups that killed the U.S. Ambassador and three other Americans in Benghazi.