Executive privilege claim opens new questions for lawmakers probing Fast and Furious
Obama asserts executive privilege over Operation Fast and Furious. What is Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder (DOJ) hiding from Congress and American Citizens?
The immediate question is whether the documents contained information so damaging that the president was willing to risk the bad PR by moving to lock them down. GOP lawmakers questioned whether Obama’s assertion was legitimate, later voting in committee that it was not appropriate in this case. Republicans repeatedly suggested that the White House had tipped its hand, and acknowledged being involved in Fast and Furious discussions by asserting privilege over the documents in question.
Rep. Trey Gowdy, Republican lawmaker from South Carolina, challenged during Wednesday’s committee meeting on Holder.”He’s(Obama) either part of it or he’s not. If (Obama’s) part of it, then we’ve had a series of witnesses that have misled this committee. And if he’s not part of it, then he’s got no business asserting executive privilege.”
House Speaker John Boehner’s spokesman also said the move “implies” the White House was involved in the operation itself or the coverup.