Executive Privilege and Fast and Furious

It’s hard for a President to look good when asserting executive privilege to withhold documents from Congress, but the Obama administration did it, withholding documents from the Congressional investigation into the Fast and Furious program.  From the CNN report:

In a letter to Obama seeking the assertion of executive privilege, Holder said the documents involved related to the Justice Department’s “response to congressional oversight and related media inquiries,” and that release of internal executive branch documents would have “significant, damaging consequences.”

Yeah, I’ll bet it will have damaging consequences… to Obama’s reelection.

In case you’re not familiar with it, Fast and Furious was a “gun walking” program, where the feds knowingly sold 2500 guns to Mexican cartels, then sat back and watched to see what would happen.  1,700 guns went astray, and hundreds of Mexicans and a US border patrol agent were killed.

How smart do you have to be to dream this experiment up?

We’d know even less about Fast and Furious than we do now, had it not been for information leaked last week about wiretaps which, according to House Oversight Committee Republicans, show that contrary to Holder’s assertion of ignorance, higher ups at DOJ did know about the gun walking.




About Mystic Cowgirl

I worked overseas in the aid game for longer than I'd like to admit and learned several important things: 1) Third World countries aren't poor because America is rich. They're impoverished due to socialist governments that provide neither rule of law nor basic infrastructures; 2) These socialist governments redistribute wealth from taxpayers to the government workers. There's no benefit to the poor or downtrodden, and certainly not to the general welfare in terms of infrastructure improvements. 3) America is moving toward the Third World model. Rule of law has been subverted because equality under the law is disappearing as special interests carve out exemptions to regulations and special favors under the law. The redistribution of wealth to government began decades ago -- total compensation for government employees now outpaces salaries in the private sector.
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