Resolving unknown law enforcement activities conducted by the ATF along the southwest border during Operation Fast and Furious will stay in Rep. Darrell Issa's oversight work plans into October. The order given by United States District Judge Amy Berman Jackson to the Justice Department to turn over to Congress a log of privileged documents withheld during the early 2010s investigation into the operation, and after, by October 1st, gives the oversight chairman until October 17th to review the documents list for information on the ATF's "reckless tactics" used to catch Mexican cartel gun smugglers, and object to Congress staying blind on the privileged information in the documents.
President Obama's decision to have the Justice Department attempt to settle the case while he claims executive privilege on operations information made the ongoing work done by Issa necessary. Handing the privileged documents over to COngress, instead of letting Attorney General Eric Holder be held in contempt, would have revealed the department's details on managing the watch over ATF firearms during an operation that ended without public trust in the government keeping the ATF's firearms out of the hands of criminals working for violent cartels.
Issa said, earlier in August, "The privilege log will bring us closer to finding out why the Justice Department hid behind false denials in the wake of reckless conduct that contributed to the violent deaths of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and countless Mexican citizens.”
The 2012 report on Operation Fast and Furious Issa finished for the OVersight COmmittee did not add facts on the gun tracking done using the Suspect Gun Database needed for the Oversight Committee to determine the ATF purposefully sent their firearms through smugglers hands. But, the Committee did call the Justice Department's operations management a "disaster," and, recommended the department create procedures for monitoring a new strategy, like the Holder startegy used in Operation Fast and Furious, put in use by a government agency in the field. And, recommended the department write guidelines for the "appropriate use of cooperating gun dealers" during investigations.
Issa will take the added time the District Judge ordered to start work on finishing the investigation into the law enforcement agencies' failures to prevent use of the ATF's firearms in the Arizona border killing of the border patrol agent, and, in the violent acts against Mexican citizens in Mexico.
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