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Obama's Lawlessness Hits New Extremes

Obama's Lawlessness Hits New Extremes

By ACLJ.org

A federal judge handed the Obama Administration yet another loss yesterday in the congressional lawsuit to get the truth behind the Fast and Furious fiasco that permitted the illegal sales of guns in order to track the sellers and purchasers.

Fast and Furious is yet another example of the Obama Administration’s many scandals stemming from unconstitutional and lawless Executive overreach.  Yet this scandal cost lives, and the Obama Administration has been in cover-up mode for years to hide the truth about the reckless gunrunning Operation Fast and Furious.

Now a federal court is forcing the Obama Administration to turn over key documents to Congress as we learn more disturbing information about just how dangerous this ill-advised Obama Administration operation really was.

In Operation Fast and Furious, the Obama Administration’s Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) tried to smuggle about 2,000 guns into Mexico to be distributed to drug cartels so they could then lead to the arrest and prosecution of criminals.  Recklessly planned and executed from the start,the guns ended up being used by vicious criminals, connected with the death of Brian Terry, a U.S. Border Patrol Agent killed in Arizona in December 2010, a Mexican police chief, and others.  Recently, a Fast and Furious rifle capable of taking down a helicopter was even found in the compound of Mexican drug kingpinJoaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.

Our Constitution is designed to help bring about justice and accountability in situations like this.  Congress took action and began investigating this tragic scandal.  Because the Obama Administration refused to come forth with documents and answers, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform filed a lawsuit in federal district court to get to the bottom of why the DOJ refused to provide the truth to Congress in its investigation.

Over 80,000 concerned Americans signed our petition demanding justice and the truth.  We aggressively fought in Congress and in the media to highlight the legal issues surrounding this case, and the ACLJ filed a critical amicus brief at the Motion to Dismiss stage of this litigation.

U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson, an Obama appointee, ruled yesterday that the Obama Administration cannot assert executive privilege to deny Congress critical documents about the Fast and Furious scandal because they had already revealed so much.

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