Skip to comments.BREAKING: Judge Orders DOJ to Release Fast and Furious Documents Withheld From Congress
Posted on 07/31/2014 2:53:37 PM PDT by Kaslin
Thanks to a Freedom of Information Act Lawsuit pursued against the Department of Justice by government watchdog Judicial Watch, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has ruled documents being withheld from Congress under President Obama's claim of executive privilege must be turned over. Obama made the claim on the same day Attorney General Eric Holder was voted in criminal and civil contempt of Congress in June 2012.
"This order forces the Obama DOJ, for the first time, to provide a detailed listing of all documents that it has withheld from Congress and the American people for years about the deadly Fast and Furious gun running scandal," Judicial Watch released in a statement.
The FOIA lawsuit has been ongoing for 16-months and is now proceeding after a lengthy delay. The Justice Department originally asked the court for an indefinite hold on a FOIA request from Judicial Watch, citing executive privilege and an ongoing investigation. That indefinite hold request was shot down more than a year ago.
The documentation DOJ is required to now turn over is a "Vaughn index" of "all requested Fast and Furious materials from a June 2012 Judicial Watch FOIA request."
A Vaughn index must: (1) identify each document withheld; (2) state the statutory exemption claimed; and (3) explain how disclosure would damage the interests protected by the claimed exemption." In ordering the DOJ to provide Judicial Watch the Vaughn index, the Court ruled, In this circuit, when an agency is withholding documents under exemption claims, courts require that the agency provide a Vaughn index so that the FOIA requester at a distinct informational disadvantage may test the agencys claims.
Once again, Judicial Watch has beat Congress to the punch in getting key information about another Obama scandal this time, the Fast and Furious outrage, Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a statement. A federal court has ordered the Obama administration to produce information that could, for the first time, provide specific details who in the administration is responsible for Fast and Furious lies to Congress and the American people. This is a battle that put Eric Holder in contempt of Congress, saw Nixonian assertions of executive privilege by Barack Obama, and a hapless Congress in face of all this lawlessness. Finally, we may get some accountability for Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and the countless others murdered as a result of the insanely reckless Obama administration program.
This is a huge step forward.
I have to give JW a point for this one.
Damn. Congress is pretty much useless. This is the second time that they have been upstaged by Judicial Watch.
Hey Nero and Eric the Red...UP YOURS!
...the other shoe drops...
...for the fifteenth or twentieth time...
I can remember the days when Judicial Watch was ridiculed, but they have been doing some serious work lately that has really paid off. Thank you, JW!!!
Sorry, but the hard disk crashed. No, the dog ate them. No, Martians, that’s it, Martians!
Here come the crashed disk drives!
We will not obey this.
Instead, to show our anger and disgust,
we will have our squads attack and rape some elderly crackers."
They will provide a list of all evidence that still exists.
(on a yellow post it note.)
And how long does the DOJ have to create this “Vaughn index?”
Anyone wanna bet Holder and the administration thumb their noses at this ruling?
I will be the happiest man on earth the day I see Holder, Obama, Reid, etc. in orange jumpsuits.
One question ... Eric Holder has already been held in CONTEMPT of CONGRESS.
When is the punishment coming?
Or is being held in contempt of congress simply akin to telling him: “You’ve been a very bad boy.”?
Progress at JW since the Larry Klayman days.
Maybe a donation to Judicial Watch is in order. They seem to able to get results with this administration. Congress is more adept at playing politics with the issues.
Holder and Obama will most likely ignore the court order for months.
And then, they will announce (SURPRISE!): “The documents are MISSING! We don’t know what happened to them, but it’s someone else’s fault.”