WASHINGTON D.C. (Worthy News)– A federal judge has issued a stinging rebuke to the Obama administration's recent attempt to shield documents from disclosure in a case that could yield important clues about the Treasury Department's relationship with mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the Washington Times reported.
Government lawyers had argued they could redact key information before releasing records to the public by saying the documents related to the "deliberative process." But in a ruling last month, U.S. Federal Claims Court Judge Margaret M. Sweeney rejected that, saying the government was illegally cutting corners.
The ruling means discovery in the case can continue, though there's still a protective motion in place, so it's unclear when or whether documents will be made public. Still, government watchdogs cheered the ruling, saying it represented an important pushback against a tool in the administration's increasingly use of the exemption to try to keep embarrassing information secret. — Source