The house of cards that is Obama’s executive orders and executive privilege claims may be about to come tumbling down. It’s taken forever but Fast & Furious may be the crack in the dyke. U.S. District Judge Amy Berman, appointed to the bench in 2011 by Barack Obama, is, for the moment, Barack’s worst nightmare. This may well end up being the slap heard round the world.
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.”
At this point it’s too early to tell what impact this decision will have in relation to his other executive privilege claims but this is a good start. It will be interesting to see if the administration appeals the decision, I’m guessing they won’t because Fast & Furious is old news and the major media will ignore it.
And the Democrats think their base doesn’t care. On that count they’re absolutely right.
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