Updated 4:11 pm ET
The White House press corps got a good laugh today following an assertion by White House Press Secretary Jay Carney that President Obama’s claim of executive privilege to keep from Congress documents related to Fast and Furious was “entirely about principle.”
Here’s how it went down:
QUESTION: I guess my question is are you declaring that mostly on principle to ensure the separation of power more or…
CARNEY: This is — thank you for phrasing it like that. This is entirely about principle . . .
At that point, the press spontaneously broke out into peals of laughter.
Here’s some video of the moment. The sudden laughter sounded much more voluble and dramatic in the room than the videotape conveys.
Carney earlier had said it was “absolutely” untrue that the withholding of the documents was in any way a “coverup.”