Yesterday, a Federal judge quashed a motion by the Obama Administration claiming that the administration had “Executive Privilege” over documents and testimony pertaining to an Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms operation that sold firearms to drug dealers under the assumption that the ATF could then track the guns back to affiliates in the United States. The ATF, of course, eventually lost track of most of the weapons.
The Obama Administration initially claimed executive privilege because there were a number of emails between the White House and the Department of Justice discussing the Fast and Furious operation directly. The Federal judge saw it differently, noting that the Administration’s claim on privilege is too broad; there may be some emails that are, indeed, subject to protection, but not all of them.
The timing of the judge’s order is pretty fantastic, since word has it this morning, that when ATF agents busted drug kingpin El Chapo (shortly following his groundbreaking-yet-somehow-unintelligible interview with Sean Penn), they found at least one .50 caliber weapon sold through the Fast and Furious operation.
A .50-caliber rifle found at Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s hideout in Mexico was funneled through the gun-smuggling investigation known as Fast and Furious, sources confirmed Tuesday to Fox News…
When agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives checked serial numbers of the eight weapons found in his possession, they found one of the two .50-caliber weapons traced back to the ATF program, sources said.
Federal officials told Fox News they are not sure how many of the weapons seized from Guzman’s house actually originated in the U.S. and where they were purchased, but are investigating.
Out of the roughly 2,000 weapons sold through Fast and Furious, 34 were .50 caliber rifles that can take down a helicopter, according to officials.
It’s unclear how much coverage this will receive, of course, but it’s worth noting that this is a big step in explaining how important it is to hold someone – anyone – accountable for this massive ATF failure.