“President Obama exceeded his authority by asserting executive privilege over subpoenaed documents related to the Justice Department’s cover-up of Operation Fast and Furious,” said Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa. “Waiting nearly eight months after the subpoena had been issued to assert a meritless claim of privilege, the President’s decision was a calculated political maneuver designed to stop the release of documents until after November’s elections. After promising an unprecedented level of transparency, the President is attempting to expand the reach of executive privilege to obstruct the truth about the reckless conduct that contributed to the death of a Border Patrol Agent and countless Mexican citizens. The family of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, whistleblowers who faced retaliation for exposing the Justice Department’s reckless tactics, and the public have a right to know the full extent of what occurred.”
In June, 21 House Democrats crossed party lines to rebuke President Obama’s claim of executive privilege by supporting H.Res. 706, which authorized this action for the purpose of compelling production of the subpoenaed documents. The Committee presented a report outlining the case for Contempt of Congress, which is available here.
The civil suit was filed today in Federal District Court for the District of Columbia by the General Counsel to the House of Representatives on behalf of the Oversight Committee.
Click here for a copy of the civil action filed today.