06.20.2012 0

Obama refuses to hand over Fast and Furious documents

Arrogant ObamaAhead of today’s contempt vote in the House Oversight committee, Obama jumped to Holder’s aid by asserting executive privilege over the documents that he had refused to hand over to the committee.

From The Hill:

President Obama on Wednesday asserted executive privilege over documents sought by a House panel ahead of a scheduled panel vote where Attorney General Eric Holder is expected to be held in contempt of Congress.

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee was set to vote on Wednesday to hold Holder in contempt of Congress after a last-ditch effort to reach a deal over documents related to Operation Fast and Furious failed.

A White House aide told The Hill in an email that there is precedent for such executive privilege, saying “President George W. Bush asserted executive privilege 6 times, Clinton 14 times – both of whom protected the same category of documents we’re protecting today.”

Now, if my memory serves me well, I remember candidate Obama attacking the Bush administration for using executive privilege…

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