The moral and technical corruption of this administration never ceases to amaze me. The hypocrisy alone is stunning. In 2005 Obama declared, “The President is not the Attorney General’s client; the people are.” Unless, of course, a program of the administration ends up killing at least one border patrol guard and hundreds of Mexicans. This assertion by Obama indicates just how deep the monstrosity of Fast & Furious goes and how desperate Obama is to protect himself. It also must be quite damaging. For Obama to do this just four months out of the election means there’s a lot of stuff he doesn’t want anyone to see.
President Obama on Wednesday invoked executive privilege to withhold from a Congressional oversight committee some documents and communications among his advisers regarding the failed gun enforcement operation known as “Fast and Furious,” in which weapons purchased in the United States were allowed to cross into Mexico.
It was the first time since Mr. Obama took office that he has asserted the privilege, and it sharpened considerably the long-festering dispute between Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. and Representative Darrell Issa of California, the Republican chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The panel had been threatening to find Mr. Holder in contempt for refusing to hand over some documents…
Republicans immediately denounced the president’s action.
“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 Michael Steel, the spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio.”The administration has always insisted that wasn’t the case. Were they lying, or are they now bending the law to hide the truth?” […]
The documents in question involve discussions since February, 2011, long after the gun operation took place. During the operation, illegally purchased firearms were tracked as they were smuggled into Mexico. But law enforcement agencies lost track of some of the hundreds of weapons involved, and two guns linked to the program were found near a shootout in which a Border Patrol agent, Brian Terry, was killed in December 2010.