Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Will Fast & Furious Still Lead to Impeachment?

Obama has been refusing to turn over F& F documents and just lost.  From 1/19/16 Politico:
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."
There are doubtless some embarrassing and perhaps criminal actions in those documents or they would not have fought so hard to deny Congress access.

3 comments:

Allen Cogbill said...

I suspect that the Obama Administration will simply ignore the judge's ruling, as it has done with other rulings in the past. In other words, the Administration will simply say, in effect, "up yours" to the judge.

I note that a .50-cal rifle found at El Chapo's hideout was one that F Troop provided to the Mexicanos as part of the Fast & Furious operation.

PhaseMargin said...

Impeachment is possible. Conviction is not.

Clayton Cramer said...

Sad to say, even if Obama used an AR-15 on the floor of the house to murder 5 year olds, some Democrats (especially the black ones, would say self-defense.