Executive Privilege Claim in Fast and Furious Case Thrown Out Because Regime Already Disclosed the Information Publicly
A federal judge has rejected President Barack Obama’s assertion of executive privilege to deny Congress access to records pertaining to Operation Fast and Furious, a gunrunning probe that allegedly allowed thousands of weapons to flow across the border into Mexico.
U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson ruled Tuesday that the Justice Department’s public disclosures about its response to the so-called “gun walking” controversy undercut Obama’s executive privilege claim.
“There is no need to balance the need against the impact that the revelation of any record could have on candor in future executive decision making, since any harm that might flow from the public revelation of the deliberations at issue here has already been self-inflicted,” Jackson wrote. “The Department itself has already publicly revealed the sum and substance of the very material it is now seeking to withhold. Since any harm that would flow from the disclosures sought here would be merely incremental, the records must be produced.”
Jackson said she wasn’t questioning the propriety of Obama’s claim of privilege, but ruling that the claim could not be sustained in view of other information the Justice Department had released on the topic, chiefly an Office of Inspector General report released in September 2012.
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Recall that Barack Obama claimed to know nothing about Fast and Furious, yet went on to assert executive privilege. Now, it remains to be seen if the Regime appeals this judge’s decision.
What are they covering up? Recall that in a February 4, 2011 letter to Sen. Charles Grassley, the Department of Justice stated that the ATF never knowingly allowed gun walking allowing straw purchasers to take guns into Mexico. Ten months later, they withdrew the letter, stating it was a “false letter.” Are the documents that the documents that they are withholding the internal communications that explain why they lied?
Thought experiment: Eric Holder and the Obama Regime stonewalled for years to stop the truth from coming out. What if it had prior to the 2012 election?
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