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Obama appointed judge strikes down President’s use of executive privilege over Fast and Furious documents

January 19, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Obama appointed judge strikes down President’s use of executive privilege over Fast and Furious documents

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An Obama-appointed federal judge has struck down the President’s use of executive privilege over documents related to Operation Fast and Furious. The botched ATF led gun walking program that permitted the facilitating of sales of thousands of weapons, which were purposefully allowed to walk south of the border and into the hands of violent Mexican drug cartels.

The ruling means President Obama can no longer use his executive powers from keeping crucial documents about the gun walking program a secret. Weapons from the Fast and Furious investigation were used by members of a cartel rip crew, to gun down Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry during a confrontation in 2010.

U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson issued a decision rejecting Obama’s claim of executive privilege which he used to protect former Attorney General Eric Holder from disclosing the what information he knew regarding the operation.

In 2012, the House Oversight Committee scheduled a vote to hold Holder in contempt for refusing to turn over the documents about the gun walking program. However, 15 minutes before the vote took place; the Justice Department asked the President to intervene and invoke executive privilege, preventing the release of the documents.

Jackson is an Obama-appointed judge out of the District of Columbia. The decision would force the DOJ to turn over the documents to Congress. However, the Obama Administration plans to appeal the ruling to a higher court, which will delay any release of confidential information to the House Oversight Committee.

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