Buried under the numerous scandals that have plagued the administration in the years since, at least one federal judge still wants to get to the bottom of a federal gun-walking program that led to the death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry in 2010.
As CBS News reported, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives initiated an operation known as ‘Fast and Furious’ in 2009, allowing criminals to take possession of more than 2,000 dangerous weapons without proper governmental oversight or tracking. The following year, illegal immigrants carrying multiple weapons involved in the program fatally shot Terry near the Mexico border.
It was only after his death that an investigation into Fast and Furious began and the scandal received attention from media outlets nationwide.
Since then, the Obama administration has withheld various documents House investigators believe could be integral in ascertaining the scope of the ATF mission.
Sen. Chuck Grassley, who launched an initial investigation into the scandal, asserted that Obama must have been involved in the program considering his insistence that executive privilege allowed him to withhold the information.
The secrecy culminated in Attorney General Eric Holder’s refusal to release 1,300 pages of data even after he was subpoenaed to do so.
His stonewalling led to his being held in contempt of Congress.
This week, National Review reported, a federal judge ordered the White House to release a list of the documents that remain concealed. Once the list is made available, legislators will have an opportunity to challenge the administration’s decision to withhold information.
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa weighed in on the judge’s decision and the Obama administration’s actions that made it necessary.
“This Administration has been so intent on hiding the contents of these documents that it allowed Attorney General Holder to be held in contempt instead of just turning them over to Congress,” he said.
He added that, upon receipt of the document list, his team will have a better idea of what direction their investigation should take.
“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,” he said.
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