After significant deliberation U.S. District Judge Amy Berman has struck down Obama’s assertion of executive privilege over documents pertaining to Operation Fast and Furious, the Department of Justice program that allowed the sale and trafficking of thousands of weapons to violent Mexican drug cartels. Berman was appointed to the Court by President Obama in 2011. POLITICO has the details:
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.
The standoff over the records led to a House vote in 2012 holding then-Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for failing to turn over the records. The House later initiated a lawsuit to try to force disclosure of the files.
Jackson left open the possibility that some of the records could be held back from Congress because they contain sensitive information on law enforcement techniques or implicate foreign policy concerns.
President Obama asserted executive privilege over thousands of documents after former Attorney General Eric Holder refused to turn over them over to Congress in June 2012 and just hours before the House Oversight Committee voted to hold Holder in contempt. This is what I wrote at the time just prior to the vote on Capitol Hill:
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