Court Rejects Obama Admin Executive Privilege Arguments

Judge dings admin for ‘cavalier attitude’ toward transparency

CJ Ciaramella
The Washington Free Beacon

A federal judge Tuesday rejected the Obama administration’s sweeping claims of executive privilege and ordered the disclosure of a foreign aid directive signed by President Barack Obama in 2010 but never publicly released.

U.S. District Court Judge Ellen Huvelle ruled the presidential order is not within the bounds of executive privilege and called the government’s arguments in favor of secrecy “troubling.”

“The government appears to adopt the cavalier attitude that the President should be permitted to convey orders throughout the Executive Branch without public oversight … to engage in what is in effect governance by ‘secret law,’” Huvelle said.

The Justice Department claimed the Presidential Policy Directive on Global Development—a guidance memo issued to federal agencies in 2010—was covered by executive privilege and restricted to those who “need to know.”

However, Huvelle found that “the government has not, even after plaintiff raised the issue … defined what ‘need to know’ means.”…



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