Obama Executive Privilege Asserted Over Fast And Furious Documents
President Barack Obama has asserted executive privilege in response to requests made by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, who has embarked on a controversial investigation into the Department of Justice's Operation Fast and Furious gun-walking program.
Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole addressed Issa in a letter on Wednesday morning.
"We regret that we have arrived at this point, after the many steps we have taken to address the Committee's concerns and to accommodate the Committee's legitimate oversight interests regarding Operation Fast and Furious," he wrote. "Although we are deeply disappointed that the Committee appears intent on proceeding with a contempt vote, the Department remains willing to work with the Committee to reach a mutually satisfactory resolution of the outstanding issues."
The invocation of executive privilege allows the president to defy requests and subpoenas by members of the legislative and judicial branches for information the White House deems sensitive. Obama's decision will allow him to refuse to provide certain documents pertaining to the Fast and Furious program.
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Is anyone surprised?
I, and many others, have said it many times before. Fast and Furious goes all the way to the top. obama was involved from the beginning. How could it possibly be that he wasn't? To claim otherwise would be to admit that obama doesn't have control.
They're circling the wagons.
Vote on the Contempt of Congress charges against Holder. Impeach obama. See where it goes.
I cannot for the life of me begin to understand why our elected representatives have allowed this (or any other) administration to get away with things like this. They were all over Nixon for Watergate. They were all over Clinton (a very popular President) for Monicagate and various other questionable actions. The Libs and many Conservatives were all over Bush from the time he was inaugurated until the time he left office.
What gives with obama? Are our Congresscritters afraid of him? Are they afraid of being called racists? If you know in your own mind that you're not a racist, why would you allow the potential of a little name calling to prevent you from doing your duty?
"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God."
So much for the Congressional Oath of Office. They all swore (or affirmed) this oath. It apparently doesn't mean much to them. Their primary purpose is to protect each other in order to stay in
The approach of the Administration will now be to blame the Conservatives for picking on obama. Then it will become a race issue. That will be their rallying point. Racism. Whitey wants obama out because he's black.
We've crested the hill. We're picking up speed...
It's a distraction, anyway.