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Justice Dept. gives Congress documents on Fast and Furious

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Justice Department says it's given to Congress additional documents related to the botched gun-smuggling operation known as Fast and Furious.

The Obama administration had for the last four years refused to provide the documents to House Republicans, invoking a claim of executive privilege.

But a federal judge in January turned aside that argument, saying the agency had already disclosed through other channels much of the information it was seeking to withhold.

In a letter Friday, the Justice Department says it is moving to end the legal dispute and will not contest the decision from Judge Amy Berman Jackson.

House Republicans sued in 2012 to obtain thousands of emails related to the botched effort by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to track guns across the Southwest border.

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