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'How Can The President Assert Executive Privilege If There Was NO White House Involvement?'

zbacku 2012/06/20 17:06:44
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Iowa's Grassley responds to Obama's executive privilege move on 'Fast and Furious'

Attorney General Eric Holder facing contempt charges


WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Dept says that President Barack Obama has asserted executive privilege to withhold documents a House committee is seeking in an investigation of a flawed gun-smuggling probe.

In a letter to Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., a Justice Department official said the privilege applies to documents that explain how the department learned that there were problems with the investigation called Operation Fast and Furious.

"The assertion of executive privilege raises monumental questions," Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley said in a statement released Wednesday shortly after the president's move. "How can the President assert executive privilege if there was no White House involvement? How can the President exert executive privilege over documents he's supposedly never seen? Is something very big being hidden to go to this extreme? The contempt citation is an important procedural mechanism in our system of checks and balances. The questions from Congress go to determining what happened in a disastrous government program for accountability and so that it's never repeated again.”

Grassley is the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee and has previously called a Justice Department investigation into the “Fast and Furious” gunrunning operation “botched.”

Tuesday, Grassley told the Daily Caller that Attorney General Eric Holder is looking for a “free pass” on the issue.

Before the White House exerted executive privilege today, Grassley expressed frustration with the Obama administration’s actions.

“The attorney general wants to trade a briefing and the promise of delivering some small, unspecified set of documents tomorrow for a free pass today,” Grassley told the Daily Caller on Tuesday. “He wants to turn over only what he wants to turn over and not give us any information about what he’s not turning over. That’s unacceptable. I’m not going to buy a pig in a poke. Chairman Issa is right to move forward to seek answers about a disastrous government operation.”

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  • mrdog 2012/06/21 07:44:24
    Wasn't Obama's Administration Going To Be The MOST Transparent Presidency?
    mrdog
    +1
    O is trying to cover something up..... no doubt .... what is this? bark
  • Silvershadows 2012/06/20 23:24:09
    Wasn't Obama's Administration Going To Be The MOST Transparent Presidency?
    Silvershadows
    +5
    He was transparent from the beginning-----IF you couldn't tell he was and is lying most of the time??? you're either besotted with him, a Marxist or a Socialist! Of course he knew about it, probably was in the middle of it and doesn't want that info to surface. This guy and his stooges are in reality criminals. He's going to try anything he can to stay in office and continue with his marxist supporters. He's sooooo cool and likeable-----yeah, so is a snake====if you like snakes.
  • pbunny 2012/06/20 22:51:35
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    pbunny
    +2
    This administration has no sense of accountability. It will always blame Bush for everything that goes wrong.
  • Max 2012/06/20 19:14:04
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    It should not apply Unless, the president was involved in the discussions about the Fast and Furious, according to Judge Andrew Napolitano. Here are some quotes and a link:

    "Executive privilege protects communications with the president, the human being of the president, not with people that work for him and the Justice Department," Judge Andrew Napolitano said on FOX News today.

    "If the attorney general sat down and discussed it with the president, he probably doesn't want the Congress and the public to know that, because we know of the awful events that occurred as a result of the Fast and Furious escapade. But we also know that executive privilege only pertains to military, diplomatic, and sensitive national security matters. Now, was fighting the drug gangs at the border a sensitive national security matter? And, if so, was the President of the United States of America personally involved in making decisions as to how to conduct that fight? If that's the case, this has reached a different level and we now know why the attorney general has ferociously defended these documents," he said.

    http://www.realclearpolitics....
  • Cuppajo 2012/06/20 18:47:54
    Wasn't Obama's Administration Going To Be The MOST Transparent Presidency?
    Cuppajo
  • Waldorf 2012/06/20 18:36:10
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    Waldorf
    +3
    Even Obama's lawyers are incompetent.
  • Torchmanner ~PWCM~JLA 2012/06/20 18:28:56
    Wasn't Obama's Administration Going To Be The MOST Transparent Presidency?
    Torchmanner ~PWCM~JLA
    +3
    This proves that obaaaama was complicit.
  • none 2012/06/20 17:45:55
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    none
    +4
    He can't but Obama thinks he can do anything he wants just like he did with immigration. On the other side maybe the liar is involved and he's doing it to cover his own useless butt.
  • G.J. the time has come to s... 2012/06/20 17:28:23
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    G.J. the time has come to switch
    +3
    Noting surprises me about these fools heaven only knows what else these idiots are hiding from the American public. typical when a democrat says transparency they mean watch close we will deceive you at every turn!!!
  • ProudProgressive 2012/06/20 17:28:14
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    Executive privilege extends to the entire executive branch of the United States Government. The President need not be personally involved, as is the case with the current Republican witch hunt.

    But you really should be grateful - considering that Fast and Furious was dreamt up by the Bush Administration in the first place.
  • zbacku ProudPr... 2012/06/20 17:50:21 (edited)
    zbacku
    +4
    Obama says there is NO White House involvement. Then WHY is he hiding behind an Executive Privilege? Holder has taken out of the record that Bush's guy knew anything about what happened. Thus he lied.
  • ProudPr... zbacku 2012/06/20 18:34:55
    ProudProgressive
    The Bush Administration was hip deep in coming up with the idea of giving guns to Mexico. The fact that they apparently cut their a lame duck AG out of the loop hardly exonerates them; in fact, it makes it look even more apparent that it was the Bush people who were up to no good. Besides, the plan was hatched under Alberto Gonzales in 2006. Mukasey only served as AG for about two months after the 2008 elections. It's not surprising that, being just a caretaker, he wasn't let in on all of the deep dark secrets of the most corrupt and extraconstitutional administration in American history.
  • pbunny ProudPr... 2012/06/20 22:47:38
    pbunny
    +1
    Q. How many American agents were killed as a result during the Bush administration? A. 0

    Q. How many Mexicans were killed as a result during the Bush administration? A. 0

    Q. How many were American agents were killed as a result during the Obama administration? 2

    Q. How many Mexicans were killed as a result under the Obama administration? Over 200
  • pbunny ProudPr... 2012/06/21 00:21:41
  • jackolantyrn356 2012/06/20 17:23:06
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    This F ^ F was cooked up in the WH and has gotten way out of hand., Obama tends to let stuff go until it is too ;ate. He does nothing but play golf and drem about playing golf. otr dreams about ruling the Earth, Prhaps it is now time to let him dream from the inside of a jail cell for a 100 years or so
  • ProudPr... jackola... 2012/06/20 17:28:47
    ProudProgressive
    You're right, it was cooked up in the White House. IN THE BUSH WHITE HOUSE
  • Torchma... ProudPr... 2012/06/20 18:26:46
    Torchmanner ~PWCM~JLA
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    No, 'Fast and Furious' was NOT.
  • ProudPr... Torchma... 2012/06/20 18:35:41
    ProudProgressive
    The entire "Gunwalker" program was developed by Alberto Gonzalez and the Bush White House in 2006.
  • ray ProudPr... 2012/06/20 19:24:36
    ray
    +1
    C'mon now you know better .
    Bush Administration " Operation wide receiver " , 2006 was in conjunction with the Mexican government where RFID monitored guns were to be tracked and intercepted AT THE BORDER . About 500 guns crossed the border ( scandal ) because the Cartels outwitted the DOJ and the program was cancelled in 2007 .

    Obama Administration was performed in total secrecy which was to sell guns to Drug Cartels allowing them to own them ( Create justification here ) . The guns were sold and allowed to cross the border with no contact to the Mexican government along with no tracking . Serial numbers were recorded in case the guns were ever recovered . Close to 2,000 guns were allowed to cross the border resulting in the deaths of hundreds of Mexican Nationals directly traceable to these guns.
    When a US Border agent was murdered using these guns and armed with the Obama Administration mandated Bean Bag gun . The murder weapon was left on the scene and traceable directly to the Administration's gun smuggling program and the program was closed shortly thereafter .

    The Obama Administration for reasons of it's own saw fit for US Police to throw bean bags at Administration supplied Semiautomatic large capacity rifles .
  • Turings... ProudPr... 2012/06/20 20:45:10
    TuringsChild
    +2
    So you're admitting that Obama is Bush III?
  • pbunny ProudPr... 2012/06/20 23:48:00
    pbunny
    +2
    If Obama stepped in dog poop on the White House lawn whose dog would we blame? George Bush's dog or Obama's dog?
  • G.J. th... jackola... 2012/06/20 17:36:25
    G.J. the time has come to switch
    +2
    Don't get mad get even with your vote an political activism get out the vote for our next President Governor Romney it good to see a democrat make President Nixon look good.
  • pbunny G.J. th... 2012/06/20 22:54:40
    pbunny
    Lol you are so right.
  • Striker 2012/06/20 17:20:22
    What Do You Think?
    Striker
    +3
    Expect NOTHING and you won't be disappointed!
  • TruBluTopaz 2012/06/20 17:14:47
    Wasn't Obama's Administration Going To Be The MOST Transparent Presidency?
    TruBluTopaz
    +3
    Opaque Obama has repeatedly sidestepped and covered up some questionable behavior on the part of his staff, his cabinet and his campaign operations. I predict that once we get a new administration in place we will find this slimy iceberg to be far more invasive and illegal than our captive media has let us know.
  • NPC 2012/06/20 17:10:18
    Wasn't Obama's Administration Going To Be The MOST Transparent Presidency?
    NPC
    +4
    Fast and Furious is a very hot pototo now. The Black Caucasians have blamed Bush and his AG ? How absurd that Jackson Lee and Cummings would do this. The AG inadvertently made the claim which means he lied to a Congressional Committee.
  • ProudPr... NPC 2012/06/20 17:31:34
    ProudProgressive
    The Bush Administration came up with the whole idea for Fast and Furious in 2006.

    http://news.yahoo.com/ap-excl...
  • Torchma... ProudPr... 2012/06/20 18:28:15
    Torchmanner ~PWCM~JLA
    +1
    YAHOO? LOL!

    If that was the case, then Holder should have been HAPPY to turn over what was requested.
  • ProudPr... Torchma... 2012/06/20 18:36:57
    ProudProgressive
    Eric Holder, unlike the Bush Administration, cares about the Constitution, and isn't going to happily participate in yet another empty Right Wing witch hunt no matter who might ultimately be to blame.
  • zbacku ProudPr... 2012/06/21 03:50:10
    zbacku
    Eric Holder 'cares about the Constitution'??? Is that why he let the 2 New Black Panthers get away with voter intimidation?

    By the way, if the records that Obama are hiding had anything about Bush's involvement, he would have showed them months ago. Right now this case has nothing to do with Bush. Obama is hiding the truth. Nixon did the same thing. Had Nixon came out right away and admitted what happened at Watergate, he would never have been forced to resign. It was the cover-up that got him. It will be the same with Obama.
  • Turings... ProudPr... 2012/06/20 23:56:32
    TuringsChild
    +2
    LMAO - The big difference is that Bush did it RIGHT! Read your link. Bush's version was 1/10 the size AND let the Mexican govt in on what was going on.

    Oh, yeah, And no one DIED that time.

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