President Obama and his subordinates have operated with a shocking disregard for the very laws that are supposed to protect the American people from tyrannical government. One of the many scandals to plague this administration has been Fast and Furious, an Obama Department of Justice operation that was allegedly meant to track weapons but, instead, allowed for dangerous American weapons to make it into the hands of vicious Mexican drug cartels across the border while the Obama Administration painted American gun owners and American gun shops as the root cause of the violence South of the border.
After Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was murdered by one of these weapons, Americans demanded accountability. Refusing to cooperate, then-Attorney General Eric Holder was held in contempt of Congress, but his illegal actions were shielded by a claim of executive privilege by President Obama.
On Tuesday, however, a federal judge rejected this claim of executive privilege meant to deny investigators access to records on the DOJ operation.
U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson ruled that the Obama Administration’s response to the gun-running claims undermined their own assertion of executive privilege and will be forced to turn-over the documents that Holder had refused to relinquish which led to his contempt charge.
“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 maintained that she was not challenging the righteousness of the executive privilege claim, but noted that any such claim cannot said to be sustained as the Obama Administration has commented on the supposedly-secret elements meant to be protected by the veil of executive privilege that keeps Americans in the dark as the government operates in secrecy.
This administration had originally asked for a dismissal of the suit, alleging that the legislative and executive branch should seek a solution. Jackson refused and further denied a pre-emptive appeal that the government offered before her ruling was even revealed.
The Obama Administration can appeal and almost-certainly will- if for no other reason than to stall the crusade for justice until Obama is out of office.
Few things are so offensive to the nature of a republic than a government who operates outside the law and also asserts a need to operate outside the view of the people or of even Congress. This administration is a criminal organization and while we revile crooks like Richard Nixon who used his office for nefarious deeds, it should be noted that Watergate, though an outlandish breach of public trust, never accrued a body count.