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Obama Asserts Executive Privilege in Fast and Furious

Updated 4:01 pm ET

President Obama asserted executive privilege over documents related to the Fast and Furious gun running operation, preventing their release to the House Oversight Committee.

Nevertheless, the panel, led by Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), continued with its procedure to cite Attorney General Eric Holder for contempt for failing to turn them over.

The presidential determination was formally in response to a request by Holder.

Releasing the documents “would inhibit candor of such Executive Branch deliberations in the future and significantly impair the Executive Branch’s ability to respond independently and effectively to congressional oversight,” Holder wrote.

Republicans and Democrats began manning battle stations. Republicans charged “cover up” and summoned the ghost of Watergate.

“Until now, everyone believed that the decisions regarding ‘Fast and Furious’ were confined to the Department of Justice. The White House decision to invoke executive privilege implies that White House officials were either involved in the ‘Fast and Furious’ operation or the cover-up that followed,” said Speaker Boehner’s spokesman, Michael Steel. “The Administration has always insisted that wasn’t the case. Were they lying, or are they now bending the law to hide the truth?”

Democrats sought to portray the GOP as engaging in an election year politics that distracts from substantive issues.

White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer said that “given the economic challenges facing the country, we believe that House Republicans should work with the rest of Congress and the President to create more jobs, not more political theater.”

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23 Responses to Obama Asserts Executive Privilege in Fast and Furious

  1. But I thought his was to be the most transparent Administration in history? Besides that, didn’t he say he never knew anything about F&F? How can he exert privilege over something he never saw? I’m so confused…….(NOT!)

  2. The irony is not lost…Dear Leader has no knowledge of Fast and Furious…yet he claims Executive Privilege…for what reason? National security? The Soetaro White House leaks like a Section 8 house bathtub. Defense of our Border Agents (they don’t seem too broken up over Brian Terry). So what reason OTHER than protecting Duh Won’s skinny behind?

    Watergate was the cover up of a small time break in; Fast and Furious has caused the loss of Brian Terry and several hundred Mexican citizens for the ultimate goal of tightening (read disarming) the gun controls in the US to chip away at the Second Amendment.

    Obama’s bad June looks like its going to get topped by an awful July.

  3. There won’t be anything coming out of the Obama office till after November.
    The WH is functioning as a campaign center there is NO governing except the
    Executive Orders sent down by the Dear Leader.

  4. Releasing the documents “would inhibit candor of such Executive Branch deliberations in the future and significantly impair the Executive Branch’s ability to respond independently and effectively to congressional oversight,” Holder wrote.

    What the heck is that gobeldy gook supposed to mean?

    Nixon had his Watergate…now Obama has his Murdergate. All depends on what action the House of Representatives takes on this aggressive abuse of power. If Issa is allowed to prosecute this to the max, then the left will be in a panic. All the king’s horses and all the king’s men couldn’t put King Kardashian back together again…

    • Releasing the docs would obviously put Barry and pals in a very bad light. The refusal by Holder and subsequent EP order now puts this whole mess squarely on Barry’s desk. Time to come clean and the Repubs need to keep the pressure on until they do.

  5. Dan Pfeiffer’s comment is hilarious! Republicans should focus on jobs instead of political theater…coming form a White House that when not out raising money with Hollywood is entertaining star or throwing LGBT receptions on the taxpayers dime is subverting the constitution by granting amnesty, suing states who want to clean up their voter roles and pushing the ever unpopular obamacare. He’s now worried about the economy but only to change the subject from F&F? COME ON!

    • I know, I laughed at that too. Now they want to discuss the economy? How he even said that with a straight face is beyond me.

  6. Worties thise case scenario: F&F was planned to be implemented in some of our cities this summer. I have no knowlege, just saying:
    1. DHS offers drones.
    2. DHS names “groups protesting taxes” in country as “potential terrorists”
    3. OWS are treated as patriots.
    Summary: target law abiding citizens with guns as dangerous and anarchists as freedom fighters. And any dissenters to the MSM ‘Truth’ get droned.

  7. See where Sheriff Joe should really be. As the President and Russell Pierce as his VP. Check out what Joe would look like seated at the Oval desk. Stand up for Brian Terry who was killed on the border by Obama’s Fast and Furious guns..

    Song “Arizona we’re proud of you” .
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q81JiD9uZNE

    Beginning Verse.

    Even though Fast and Furious Holder hasn’t read it
    If you’re an American , not Jihadi or Hamas he’ll discredit it

    The Chief Organizer may not think a hard worker like Robert Krentz a winner
    A month after he died he had a good laugh at the correspondence dinner
    He wants illegals to be able to vote some day
    If they kill American heros like Brian Terry
    I guess that’s OK

    Semper Fi Brian it’s a shame you had to fight with bean bags
    Against Obama’s Fast and Furiuos bullets

  8. So we now know that, in addition to being the sole ‘killer’ of Bin Laden the POTUS is also part of a conspiracy to commit murder of U.S. citizens and Mexican Nationals. Seems to me that constitutes wageing undeclared war on our neighbor to the South.
    Obma does this with full knowledge that he is safe from what could, and should, be impeachment. So long as the Democrats control the Senate he can do as he wants without fear. But that only means we have to do more to assure a Republican House and Senate in November.
    I fully expect Obama to have enough dead, illegal and multiple event voters to retain his office. But then the Articles of Impeachment should fly.