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Obama asserts executive privilege in gun case
Houston Chronicle ^ | June 20, 2012 | Pete Yost

Posted on 06/20/2012 8:54:01 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama invoked executive privilege Wednesday to withhold documents a House committee is seeking in an investigation of a flawed gun-smuggling probe in Arizona.

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.

At the start of a committee hearing, Issa called the president's action "an untimely" assertion of the privilege. The committee will vote on whether to cite Attorney General Eric Holder for contempt of Congress for failing to turn over the documents.

"The president has asserted executive privilege," Deputy Attorney General James Cole said in the letter to Issa.

"We regret that we have arrived at this point, after the many steps we have taken to address the committee's concerns and to accommodate the committee's legitimate oversight interests," said Cole.

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, raised another question after the president invoked the privilege.

"Until now, everyone believed that the decisions regarding 'Fast and Furious' were confined to the Department of Justice. 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," said Boehner's press secretary Brendan Buck. "The administration has always insisted that wasn't the case. Were they lying, or are they now bending the law to hide the truth?"

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; Government; Politics/Elections
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1 posted on 06/20/2012 8:54:12 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
"Were they lying, or are they now bending the law to hide the truth?"

Yes.

2 posted on 06/20/2012 9:00:45 AM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
"Until now, everyone believed that the decisions regarding 'Fast and Furious' were confined to the Department of Justice. 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,"

Stupid move by Obummer. Brilliant comeback by Boehner. Obama just fully slimed himself with this case, when he could have made Holder resign and changed the subject. This will not play well for Zippy.

3 posted on 06/20/2012 9:04:05 AM PDT by SamuraiScot
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Obama made a big mistake this time around. His doing this shows that this decision must have come from his office and that he had knowledge of this farce.


4 posted on 06/20/2012 9:07:08 AM PDT by History Repeats (If Obama had a son, he'd have his picture hanging on the wall of the Post office wanted board.)
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To: Lurker; SamuraiScot

Rush Limbaugh is opening his show with this story.


5 posted on 06/20/2012 9:07:39 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: SamuraiScot
SS, you are partially correct.

He is protecting his AG, of course. But the quote seems to beg the question, how much is Obama involve in this himself?

Last time I remember this being invoked during an investigation was, 1972. That one didn't turn out so well.

6 posted on 06/20/2012 9:15:42 AM PDT by Former Proud Canadian (Obamanomics-We don't need your stinking tar sands oil, we'll just grow algae.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

“Until now, everyone believed that the decisions regarding ‘Fast and Furious’ were confined to the Department of Justice.
..........................................................
Boehner is telling a white lie. Everyone did not believe that it was confined to the Justice Department.

Boehner and the rest all knew this mess started in the White House.To give Obama an excuse to try to steal Americans 2nd. Amendment rights.Here in Free Republic we have been telling them that for months.Working under the radar Obama called it.

They chose not to listen
They chose to close their eyes.
They chose to let Obama slide.

Now it is here right before their eyes, they can no longer ignore it.

Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of the party.It’s time to impeach. People were killed. People are still being killed.


7 posted on 06/20/2012 9:16:21 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Just as Bill Clinton relied on Janet Reno to keep him in office in spite of crimes to Constitution and country...Obama expects Eric Holder to watch his back the same way as Clinton except this time Obama seems to be admitting guilt to save his friend...to heck with Brian Terry etc. and to heck with America...to heck with law and order...Chicago thuggery should not expect a second term.


8 posted on 06/20/2012 9:17:07 AM PDT by yoe (Proud to be part of the Tea Party movement.....!!!!!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

The most transparent administration evah!


9 posted on 06/20/2012 9:17:07 AM PDT by SaxxonWoods (....The days are long, but the years are short.....)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Tme for another “Transparency” award for HusseinCo.


10 posted on 06/20/2012 9:19:06 AM PDT by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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To: SaxxonWoods

Well, at least his motivation is transparent.


13 posted on 06/20/2012 9:22:48 AM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: SamuraiScot
"Stupid move by Obummer. Brilliant comeback by Boehner. Obama just fully slimed himself with this case, when he could have made Holder resign and changed the subject. This will not play well for Zippy.

YEP!! I think Obama saw a huge pile of manure, and purposely crossed the street to step in it with both feet!

14 posted on 06/20/2012 9:23:28 AM PDT by libs_kma (When I see anyone with an Obama 2012 bumper sticker, I recognize them as a threat to the gene pool)
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To: SaxxonWoods
The whole crew is contemptible.
15 posted on 06/20/2012 9:26:33 AM PDT by MileHi ( "It's coming down to patriots vs the politicians." - ovrtaxt)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

WATERGATE ***WATERGATE ***WATERGATE !!!!

The parallels are so eerily similar that you almost think it’s a “Groundhog Day” scenario.

Did we not learn ANYTHING in 1974?

For the good of the country, Barack Obama needs to resign and his minions need to be frogwalked to federal prison.

Hey, Barack, I’ve got your “reset button” right here!


16 posted on 06/20/2012 9:29:56 AM PDT by Walrus (Barack Obama --- there are fools, and then there are dangerous fools)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Impeach him.


17 posted on 06/20/2012 9:32:47 AM PDT by Brilliant
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To: Walrus

Watergate was small potatoes compared to this.


18 posted on 06/20/2012 9:36:12 AM PDT by Brilliant
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

We have the most blatantly wicked, vile, crimanal administration in USA history. It is way past time for checks and balances to actually to start taking the WH (Who_e House) and it’s tentacles in DOJ, down.

Them is the facts.


19 posted on 06/20/2012 9:40:21 AM PDT by veracious
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To: Brilliant

No one died in the Watergate scandal.


20 posted on 06/20/2012 9:42:17 AM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife; Joe Brower
Naughty, naughty! "Until now, everyone believed that the decisions regarding 'Fast and Furious' were confined to the Department of Justice. 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," said Boehner's press secretary Brendan Buck. "The administration has always insisted that wasn't the case. Were they lying, or are they now bending the law to hide the truth?" Painted themselves right into a corner.
21 posted on 06/20/2012 9:44:57 AM PDT by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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To: libs_kma

No doubt this will hurt Obumbler but it may be this Admin chose the lessor of two evils. What is in the now protected docs will cause far more damage then will what now is just an appearance of.impropriety.


22 posted on 06/20/2012 9:46:21 AM PDT by scram2
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

The stupid moves are being made by everyone who continues to put up with the ongoing crimes of the gang residing in the White House. On going and going and going. In broad daylight the criminal actives continue.

Not _one_ component remaining with USA and USG is able to even slow the advance of the obvious high crimes being committed.


23 posted on 06/20/2012 9:46:50 AM PDT by veracious
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

24 posted on 06/20/2012 9:50:16 AM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Wings cannot be redistributed, they can only be broken. ~ Oleg Atbashian (People's Cube))
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

Looking forward to the day when we won’t have Obama to kick around anymore.


25 posted on 06/20/2012 9:53:15 AM PDT by kevao
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

The question they asked during Watergate was, “What did the President know and when did he know it?”


26 posted on 06/20/2012 10:20:34 AM PDT by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears (Anyone who thinks we can sit home, then survive four more years of Obama, is a damned fool.)
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To: History Repeats; All
Obama made a big mistake this time around. His doing this shows that this decision must have come from his office and that he had knowledge of this far

I have seen nothing signed by President Obama. Did he do this, or did Holder assert it, knowing that President Obama would be too wimpy to do anything but back him up?

27 posted on 06/20/2012 10:24:03 AM PDT by marktwain
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To: marktwain

Not sure but since it’s been reported in so many news outlets I am going to believe that Obama has done this. If he didn’t then I would expect clarification from the WH on this. Since there is no backtracking from the WH I can only believe what has been reported.


28 posted on 06/20/2012 10:56:40 AM PDT by History Repeats (If Obama had a son, he'd have his picture hanging on the wall of the Post office wanted board.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

So, if Obama invoked Executive Privilege on this, does that mean this is the end of it? Doesn’t Congress have, or SHOULD have, as much power as the President?


29 posted on 06/20/2012 11:03:45 AM PDT by Wisconsinlady (Remember November)
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To: yoe

The pardon list passed out as they leave the WH will be VERY long.


30 posted on 06/20/2012 12:25:56 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: yoe

Holder and Reno go way back.

31 posted on 06/20/2012 12:30:25 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: All

Attorney General Janet Reno (left) answers questions as Deputy Attorney General Eric Holder (right) listens, during a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee July 15, 1998. The hearing was held to discuss whether an independent counsel would investigate "overwhelming evidence" of campaign fund-raising abuse during the 1996 presidential election. (Photo: Reuters)
32 posted on 06/20/2012 12:31:44 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: marktwain
I have seen nothing signed by President Obama. Did he do this, or did Holder assert it, knowing that President Obama would be too wimpy to do anything but back him up?

If I'm not mistaken, the invoking of Executive Privilege can only be done by the executive, Obama himself. Nobody under him has the legal authority to assert EP on his behalf.

33 posted on 06/20/2012 12:33:55 PM PDT by Bob
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
The pardon list passed out as they leave the WH will be VERY long.

No it won't. Big ears can't pardon anybody until after they are convicted. The trials won't start until after the halfrican is evicted fron the Whitehut in January.

34 posted on 06/20/2012 7:07:52 PM PDT by metalurgist ( Want your country back? It'll take guns and rope. Marxists won't give up peaceably.)
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To: Former Proud Canadian

“Last time I remember this being invoked during an investigation was, 1972. That one didn’t turn out so well.”

If I remember correctly, the phrase of the day was “What did Nixon know and when did he know it?”


35 posted on 06/20/2012 7:21:51 PM PDT by MissouriConservative (Voting Anyone but Obama in 2012.)
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To: Former Proud Canadian
He is protecting his AG, of course. But the quote seems to beg the question, how much is Obama involved in this himself?

Agree totally. He's admitting involvement from the White House by invoking privilege. This is like castling. You can only do it once, and if you have to do it at all, it doesn't bode well for the rest of the game.

It seems bizarre. Was Zippy involved up to his neck, and hopes invoking privilege will keep a lid on the case until November?

36 posted on 06/20/2012 8:21:55 PM PDT by SamuraiScot
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To: SamuraiScot

Yes. This will become more apparent as time goes on.


37 posted on 06/21/2012 4:40:04 AM PDT by Former Proud Canadian (Obamanomics-We don't need your stinking tar sands oil, we'll just grow algae.)
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