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Judge skeptical of dismissing Fast & Furious suit

WASHINGTON (AP) -

A federal judge seems skeptical of a Justice Department effort to dismiss a congressional lawsuit seeking records related to a bungled federal gun-tracking operation in Arizona.

Judge Amy Berman Jackson sharply challenged the department's lawyer during a hearing Wednesday in the Operation Fast and Furious case.

The government lawyer argued that federal courts have no jurisdiction in the dispute involving documents, and that the battle should be settled by the checks and balances between the legislative and executive branches.

But the judge, an appointee of President Barack Obama, said, "I'm a check and balance."

Fast and Furious was a flawed gun-tracking investigation focused on Phoenix-area gun shops by the Justice Department's Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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