On August 20, U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson ordered the Department of Justice to “produce non-privileged documents” related to Fast and Furious and provide “a detailed list of privileged documents” which have been withheld from Congress.
The non-privileged documents and the detailed list are to be produced by October 1.
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) released a statement on the ruling in which he said:
This Administration has been so intent on hiding the contents of these documents that it allowed Attorney General Eric Holder to be held in contempt instead of just turning them over to Congress. The privilege log will bring us closer to finding out why the Justice Department hid behind false denials in the wake of reckless conduct that contributed to the violent deaths of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and countless Mexican citizens.
The August 20 decision marks the second time in just over a month that a district judge has ruled against the Obama administration’s use of executive privilege to keep Fast and Furious documents from Congress.
On July 18, U.S. District Court Judge John D. Bates ordered the DOJ to “produce a Vaughn Index” of documents withheld from Congress and to explain why exemptions were claimed.
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