U.S. District Court Judge John D. Bates has ordered the Department of Justice to release documents related to the “Fast and Furious” scandal. The documents were previously withheld by an executive order by President Obama, but Bates lifted the 16-month delay. His decision was brought on by Judicial Watch, which requested the information using the Freedom of Information Act.
Judicial Watch released a statement saying:
Judicial Watch announced today that on July 18, 2014, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that the Obama Department of Justice (DOJ) must turn over to the organization a “Vaughn index” of all requested Operation Fast and Furious. Judicial Watch sought all of the documents the Obama White House was withholding from the House of Representatives under executive privilege claims.
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.
Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, asserted that once again, Judicial Watch did the job that Congress couldn’t do:
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. 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.