Fast and Furious: Judge Says Obama's Executive Privilege Over Documents is Valid Katie Pavlich | May 16, 2
Yesterday during a court hearing U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson, who is overseeing the Fast and Furious lawsuit between the House Oversight Committee and the Department of Justice, hinted that President Obama's assertion of executive privilege is valid. Jackson hasn't made a decision on how she will rule. More from AP:
She said she regards the executive privilege claim as qualified. That view could result in some Justice Department records that House Republicans want remaining confidential, while others might be subject to public disclosure.
Lawyers for the House and the White House argued the case before Jackson. She flayed both sides, chiding the lawyers for turning in legal filings that she called "distressing" for their "vituperative" tone and saying the hearing would not turn into a "press conference."
Ultimately, Jackson will rule on whether the president's privilege claim trumps the congressional subpoena.