Executive privilege, that’s what Obama’s offering Eric Holder after the Attorney General aborted the logical and moral notion of providing sufficient documentation to preclude today’s contempt proceedings. Naturally, our whistle-blowing congressman Darrell Issa made the charge.
Consequently, Holder went to the bossman — you know, to invoke executive privilege on the documents contained in October’s congressional subpoena on Operation Fast and Furious. Katie Pavlich has the details:
Just 15 minutes before the House Oversight Committee vote against Attorney General Eric Holder takes place, the Department of Justice has asked the White House to insert Executive Privilege for all Operation Fast and Furious documents according to Chairman Issa’s press secretary Becca Watkins.
Naturally, Obama granted the 11th-hour request. Its a last-minute maneuver that will most likely not suppress a contempt vote by the Republicans.
This has quickly transformed into one of those “checks-and-balances, does the Constitution matter” type debacles. Of course, the use of executive privilege by chancellor Obama should not bewilder anyone.
Interesting, though, because Holder and the President’s action doesn’t appear to support their story that “we had no idea what was going on.” It seems to only solidify the notion — that is, that the “higher-ups” knew exactly what was going on.
It’s yet another constitutional crisis, spurred by a President that believes this nation’s law is a farce.