On Tuesday, a federal judge – who was appointed by President Obama himself – ordered the Obama/Lynch Justice Department to turn over documents related to the "Fast and Furious" gunwalking scandal which the administration was claiming were exempt from congressional review because of executive privilege.
None of the Big Three broadcast network evening newscasts so much as mentioned the development despite it being eminently newsworthy. Here you have a gun control-crusading president being rebuked by one of his own appointees to the federal bench for essentially blocking a congressional investigation into how U.S. government firearms got into the hands of violent drug dealers. And yet, nada from the broadcast news media.
Here's how the Associated Press reported the development today:
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge has rejected the Justice Department’s claim of executive privilege used to withhold documents tied to the Fast and Furious “gun-walking” scandal from release to a congressional committee.
House Republicans subpoenaed thousands of emails related to the operation and sued in federal court to obtain them.
In her decision on Tuesday, Judge Amy Berman Jackson rejected the department’s blanket assertion of executive privilege, saying much of the withheld information had already been disclosed through other channels.
The ruling is the latest development in a years-long legal fight over the botched effort by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms to track guns across the Southwest border.
A quick Web search shows that Amy Berman Jackson is an Obama-appointed jurist and certainly no conservative or moderate, judging by a ruling she made in 2013 which denied that Catholic University had a valid religious-rights claim against being forced to provide contraceptive coverage in their health insurance plans.