Judge Denies Further Delay on Withheld Fast and Furious Documents

The DOJ has been refusing to release Fast and Furious documents for almost two years. It has actually taken a lawsuit from outside the civil government to finally get things moving (which in itself is sad and pathetic), but we might be able to see very soon what the DOJ has been hiding about Fast and Furious since it became clear there was something to hide:

U.S. District Court Judge John D. Bates has denied a request from the Department of Justice to delay the release of a list of Operation Fast and Furious documents being protected under President Obama’s assertion of executive privilege. . . .

“The government’s arguments for even more time are unconvincing,” Bates said in his ruling. “Seventy-five days—plus another twenty-one, based in part on Judiciary Watch’s consent—is enough time for the government to prepare the index that this Court has ordered, given that this matter has been pending for over two years. The Court will therefore extend the Department’s Vaughn index submission deadline to October 22, 2014—and no further.”

Fast and Furious was kind of the scandal that never was. Like Bengazhi and a bunch of other things, the Obama administration has been banking on the short memories of Americans to minimize the electoral impact of its mismanagement. This situation is no different.

You know when the DOJ said it could be ready to reveal documents pertaining to Fast and Furious? A day before the midterm elections. How very convenient. That way, the voter base wouldn’t have time to process the information before they voted (like they would process it anyway), and the Democrats could squeak out some more electoral victories before the bottom dropped out.

But honestly, I think Democrats need to learn that their voters don’t care. Let’s say Obama removed executive priviledge and released all the documents today (rather than the October 22 deadline). Let’s say the documents proved that the Obama administration and the Holder run DOJ were actively complicit in an illegal gun-selling fiasco that resulted in the deaths of lower level law enforcement officials, increased gang violence, and no effective returns in arrests. You know what would happen:

“Fast and Furious? Is that that one thing with Holder and the guns? Or is it that movie? Man, I love Vin Diesel. Will they make another of those movies without Paul Walker? Poor guy died too soon. Kind of reminded me of Paul Newman with those blue eyes. [Watches YouTube video of Paul Newman stuffing his face with eggs in Cool Hand Luke.] Such a good scene.”

I hope I’m wrong. But recent history hasn’t proved me wrong on this one yet.