Editor’s Note – Basically, by signing off on Executive Privilege, Obama and the White House damned themselves – they knew all along, and they were the ones who signed off on the Fast and Furious plan, and now the cover-up. This is not about a “blue dress”, nor what the meaning of the word “is”, is, nor is it about fired US Attorneys – this one involves a body count.
The White House now has blood on its hands now. They lied, people died.
The Attorney General of Mexico has filed suit, and the bodies in Mexico and that of Brian Terry nullify any claim to Executive Privilege. The public’s right to know, the Terry family’s rights, far supersede any so-called privilege. There may not be enough time for impeachment, and we all know the Democrats in the Senate would never convict anyone, but they all MUST GO NOW!
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.
Attorney General Eric Holder, who had met with Issa the day before in an attempt to reach an agreement on how many and which documents related to Fast and Furious he would turn over, had formally written Obama requesting that he exercise executive privilege. A copy of that letter is below.
Issa was scheduled to hold a contempt vote on Wednesday morning. A committee aide told Reuters that he would proceed with the vote even after Obama’s action. Issa later declared that the decision to assert executive privilege “falls short of any reason to delay today’s proceedings.”
In an email to The Huffington Post, an administration official noted that former President George W. Bush asserted executive privilege six times, while former President Bill Clinton did it 14 times. This is the first time Obama has exercised this authority. But while that may be the case, the Republican National Committee was quick to point out that then-candidate Obama was quite critical of the practice when it was done by Bush.
Read the document here: