This morning marked a disappointing series of events in the controversial Fast and Furious gun-walking scandal. Right before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee met to vote holding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress, the Committee received a letter stating that President Obama had granted executive privilege over the documents the Committee had subpoenaed from the Justice Department. In a letter dated June 19, 2012, addressed to President Obama, Holder stated his case against the subpoena and requested executive privilege over the documents requested by Issa. In defense of the Justice Department, Holder writes, “to protect confidential executive branch deliberative materials from congressional subpoena.” Further, he writes that the Justice Department had already handed over 1300 documents and had cooperated with the Committee’s requests, “the Committee has not satisfied the ‘demonstrably critical’ standard with respect to the documents at issue.”
Committee Chairman Darrell Issa publicly stated that the Committee would stop the vote if Holder gave over the other documents requested. The two even met Tuesday night, but the meeting reached no resolution.
Fox News reports that the Committee will continue to vote on the contempt of Congress charges. The vote should pass the Committee, but will have to pass a full House.
Michael Steele, spokesperson for House Minority Leader, John Boehner said, “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. The Administration has always insisted that wasn’t the case. Were they lying, or are they now bending the law to hide the truth?” (cbsnews.com) Read Eric Holder’s letter to President Obama here.
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