Boehner: Republicans to Challenge Obama's Executive Privilege in Civil Court

Sinpac 2012/07/02 02:22:12

House Speaker John Boehner said today that Republicans are preparing to
file a civil suit in an attempt to gain access to more information
pertaining to the Justice Department's botched Fast & Furious cartel
gun tracking program.

The planned civil suit, which comes on the heels of a letter sent
by the Justice Department stating that the DOJ would not prosecute
Attorney General Eric Holder following a House vote to hold him in criminal contempt of Congress.

"It's not clear to me that the U.S. District Attorney will in fact, go
down that path. That's why we're going to file, in District Court, a
civil suit, over the issue of executive privilege," Boehner said on
CBS's "Face the Nation."

The Obama administration, in response to a request by Holder, asserted the right to executive privilege several weeks ago, in effect blocking Congressional access to documents pertaining the affair.

President George W. Bush

Dec. 2001 President George W. Bush first asserted executive privilege to deny disclosure of sought details regarding former Attorney General Janet Reno, the scandal involving Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) misuse of organized-crime informants James J. Bulger and Stephen Flemmi in Boston

2004 Bush invoked executive privilege "in substance" in refusing to disclose the details of Vice President Dick Cheney's
meetings with energy executives, which was not appealed by the GAO.

June 28, 2007, Bush invoked executive privilege in response to
congressional subpoenas requesting documents from former presidential
counsel Harriet Miers and former political director Sara Taylor.

July 9, 2007, Bush again invoked executive privilege to block a
congressional subpoena requiring the testimonies of Taylor and Miers.
Furthermore, White House Counsel Fred F. Fielding
refused to comply with a deadline set by the chairman of the Senate
Judiciary Committee to explain its privilege claim, prove that the
president personally invoked it, and provide logs of which documents
were being withheld. On July 25, 2007, the House Judiciary Committee
voted to cite Miers and White House Chief of Staff Joshua Bolten for contempt of Congress

August 1, 2007, Bush invoked the privilege for the fourth time in little over a month, this time rejecting a subpoena for Karl Rove. The subpoena would have required the President's Senior Advisor to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee in a probe over fired federal prosecutors.

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  • sjalan 2012/07/08 06:33:54
    As for the Senate Judiciary Committee, she the material they asked for was provided.

    Anything past that is unnecessary and is within the scope of the Presidents Executive Privelege.
  • Starman - Guru of Reason 2012/07/03 21:31:56
    Starman - Guru of Reason
    Republicans wasting more taxpayer time and money
  • jackolantyrn356 2012/07/02 16:24:58
    Bloody wonder it took so long. The Republicans are a group to replace if they do not shape up, but then it will make little difference. Obama has the courts in his pocket, You cannot trust the Supreme Court. revolution iis a moment from the minute Obama's win is announced
  • Wag 2012/07/02 16:09:07
    Repubs are just not very good losers..
  • Dweezle 2012/07/02 07:07:48
    It will be funny when they find Fast & Furious was started during the Bush Admin.
  • Lady Wh... Dweezle 2012/07/02 10:16:11
    Lady Whitewolf
    It was called "Wide receiver"
  • Sinpac Dweezle 2012/07/02 21:00:59
    Thats what I have been saying, but of course I am a Libtared Liar!+
  • Guru_T_Firefly 2012/07/02 05:13:19
    Republicans wasting more time and effort instead of doing their jobs? Whoda thunk it?
  • Lady Wh... Guru_T_... 2012/07/02 10:16:37
    Lady Whitewolf
    true.... instead of creating the jobs they promised....
  • ray Guru_T_... 2012/07/03 02:07:00 (edited)
    Obama wasting his money on the election and parties instead on creating jobs? What do ya' think?
  • Guru_T_... ray 2012/07/03 19:10:09
    President Obama is busy correcting your guy's many f*ck-ups. Where exactly are all of those jobs your 2010 teabagger inductees promised? Maybe they're under the couch?
  • ray Guru_T_... 2012/07/03 21:28:33
    Republicans are busy fixing his screw ups. Where are the jobs him and the democrats promised by in 08? Maybe they're up Obama's ass.
  • Guru_T_... ray 2012/07/04 16:11:10 (edited)
    Republicans haven't fixed anything for decades. Just answer the f*cking question, Stray. Where exactly are all of those jobs your despicably-ignorant 2010 teabagger inductees promised?



  • ray Guru_T_... 2012/07/04 16:26:19
    Yes they have. We've had plenty of jobs until Obama got into office. Now answer my f-cking question. Where the hell of the jobs Obama promised?
  • luvguins 2012/07/02 04:16:59
    Boehner and the GOP are hypocrites. Since they have failed to approve over 100 judges it could take a long time to get a civil suit in court, and then most don't end for 2-3 years from filing. More waste of taxpayer money. Holder is a mighty big threat to their plans to disenfranchise voters.
  • wildcat 2012/07/02 03:45:44
    Why don't these Republicans get on with their jobs. Pass laws. Normally a Congress will pass 411 laws in two years. These guys have passed 104. Should we cut their salaries by 75%. Who really cares if Roger "The Rocket" Clemens use steroids. Congressional hearings?? Get on with your job.
  • Lady Wh... wildcat 2012/07/02 10:18:08
    Lady Whitewolf
    Oh, they've "passed laws", ok.... some 900-plus bill restricting a womans reproductive rights and ZERO jobs bills!
  • Live Free Or Die 2012/07/02 02:48:35
    Live Free Or Die
    If I know the Republicans they'll try to impeach the President for using executive privilege.
  • Mr. T 2012/07/02 02:36:09
    Mr. T
    And they should. The CS only used it to keep the truth from being shown to the American people and protect his "bro".
  • Guru_T_... Mr. T 2012/07/02 13:13:41
    They should get themselves a clue if they're dumb enough to take this to court..
  • Max7 2012/07/02 02:33:02
    The Republicans cry the blues all of the time about money and how it's spent. They enjoy spending money as they carry on their witch hunt to destroy the president and his administration anyway they can. They should be addressing and focusing on the fact that their party needs regrouping.
  • Jester M.S. 2012/07/02 02:27:58
    Jester M.S.
    Of course they will, and in all probability what Obama is attempting to hide will end up finding its way into the hands of investigators. He is probably hoping that any court challenge will be delayed until after the election. As a trained investigator myself, this whole mess raises far too many red flags to simply ignore. It also hits closer to home for me since a federal law enforcement officer lost his life.

    I want to see the guilty party for this made to account for their actions. Everyone makes mistakes, but hiding and coving up said mistakes is not an option when lives have been lost. If Obama is indeed involved (and I strongly suspect he is or he would not of invoked the privilege) he should be held accountable.

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