Federal Judge Orders Justice Department to Turn Over Fast and Furious Files

Judge Amy Berman Jackson of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Official Investiture ceremony for new U.S. District judge for the District of Columbia Rudolph Contreras. June 20, 2012. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Judge Amy Berman Jackson of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Official Investiture ceremony for new U.S. District judge for the District of Columbia Rudolph Contreras. June 20, 2012. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

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A federal judge ordered the Obama caliphate to relinquish all of their files on Operation fast and Furious, not to be mistaken for the Gina McCarthy operation of turning rivers orange, dubbed “Fat and Furious.”  Obama tried to claim executive privilege on the documents but Judge Amy Berman Jackson ruled that the White House and Justice Department had released so much information, while trying to do damage control, the documents can no longer be considered secret.   The Obama caliphate can appeal the decision.

Judge Jackson ruled:

 “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.”

Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, said in an interview:
  “While the decision doesn’t give us access to all the documents, it is an important step forward,” Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House oversight committee, said in a statement Tuesday. “We will continue investigating until we get to the truth.”

Congress has been trying to get the documents in question for the last nearly six years.  The House found Eric Holder to be in contempt of the House, but Holder’s employee refused to bring the charge to court.  In that vote, 17 democrats crossed the aisle in favor of holding Holder in contempt.  (I’ve held Holder in contempt even before he was confirmed)

I expect Obama and Lynch to try to run out the clock, just before they announce some computers crashed and wiped out all of the documents.

 

 

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