White House Grants DOJ “Executive Privilege” On Fast And Furious Documents

Most Transparent Administration Ever!

(Fox News) Rep. Darrell Issa said Wednesday that he is pressing ahead with a committee vote to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress, despite an 11th-hour move by President Obama to exert executive privilege over the Fast and Furious documents at the heart of the dispute.

The announcement immediately touched off a caustic debate on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, as Democrats accused Issa of prosecuting a “political witch hunt” and Republicans stepped up their criticism of Holder’s “stonewalling” over the Fast and Furious probe. Even for Washington, the tone at the hearing was decidedly bitter and accusatory.

One wonders how this will play in the media as the inform the American people of this….oh, wait, most media outlets have been ignoring F&F. Now they are having to cover this story, and the viewers have no reference. As Erika Johnson points out

Here’s another thought: Invoking executive privilege on this case is going to come off as a very dodgy and arrogant move. But the White House is willing to take on that bad press, and I can only presume that’s because whatever is in those documents… is much more damning than the alternative.

Erika also has a copy of the letter sent to Representative Issa.

It does make one wonder what Eric Holder and the Obama administration are hiding in refusing to produce all the relevant documentation. When it comes to government, there is nothing wrong with the saying “if they have nothing to hide, they would produce the documents.” Except when it is national security.

Phineas at Sister Toldjah compares this to the Nixon administration, and notes that 2 federal officials and at least 300 Mexicans have been killed due to F&F.

Michelle Malkin points out that Obama attacked the GOP over executive privilege.

The PJ Tatler offers this quote from Chuck Grassley: “How can the president assert executive privilege if there was no White House involvement? How can the president exert executive privilege over documents he’s supposedly never seen? Is something very big being hidden to go to this extreme? The contempt citation is an important procedural mechanism in our system of checks and balances,” he said.

Ace: There’s been more talk of Fast And Furious on CNN and MSNBC in the last 5 minutes than in the last year and half. All 9 of their viewers must be confused as to what this is all about and why it’s so important.

Jammie: They probably won’t need to worry. The Democrats and most of the media are on record in support of the mass murder of Mexicans thanks to Obama’s gun-running scandal.

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10 Responses to “White House Grants DOJ “Executive Privilege” On Fast And Furious Documents”

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  2. Jim says:

    I love the twitter post from Gabe Malor that Phineas quoted – “Yesterday, I didn’t believe there was anything in the F&F docs worth hiding. Today, I’m absolutely convinced there is.”

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  4. Lightwave says:

    It’s abundantly clear now that F&F contains evidence that Obamee knew about, approved of explicitly, and did nothing to prevent the programs that resulted directly in the deaths of US Border Patrol agents.

    The cover-up on this is now proven beyond any doubt to be at the highest level.

    Mitt Romney immediately needs to attack over this, and ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT need to be presented as soon as they can be drafted. Obamee and Holder need to be run out of town on a rail.

  5. […] now crying out for “executive privilege,” it makes one wonder what is being hidden by “the most transparent administration ever” from the American public about the growing Fast and Furious […]

  6. gitarcarver says:

    “Executive privilege” is akin to “attorney – client privilege,” “doctor – patient privilege,” and “cleric – penitent privilege.” It is meant to insure the open, honest, and forthright communication between parties. In the case of “Executive privilege,” the exemption exists so the President’s advisers can give unfettered advice without fear of repercussions.

    PJ Tattler has this on exactly right. If the Obama administration is seeking to extend the privilege to the DOJ, it means the White House knew.

    The privilege also does not cover illegal activities or planning illegal activities. (Ask Nixon.)

    Personally, I think this is a HUGE blunder on the part of the White House and seems to indicate Obama is complicit in the operation.

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  8. […] Obama Invoked Executive PrivilegeJune 20, 2012 By Lonely Conservative No comments yetEarlier today President Obama invoked executive privilege over some Fast and Furious documents. It really makes you wonder what they are trying to hide.That […]

  9. Good points. I think Team Obama is attempting to make this a hyper-partisan issue in an attempt to distract from Obama’s horrendous record, particularly on the economy. And, I think it will backfire if they attempt to start yammering about it on and off the campaign trail, because people will start wondering what they are hiding, and the media will be forced to cover F&F, which most have been loathe to do so far.

  10. Gumball_Brains says:

    Also, if I may propose, the EP does not cover members of the cabinet who are under investigation. It only covers them when the President is the one under investigation, thus granting the cabinet members a free-pass from having to testify against the president.

    However, if this keeps up, the President may well in fact be the one under investigation. Remember when Pres Reagan had to testify?

    Thanks to Pelosi, Reed, Obama’s cabinet members, and Chancellor Ruler Obama, this administration will go down as the most corrupt most anti-American Marxist presidency that has ever existed.

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