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  • BREAKING: Judge Orders DOJ to Release Fast and Furious Documents Withheld From Congress

    07/31/2014 2:53:37 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 80 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 31, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    Thanks to a Freedom of Information Act Lawsuit pursued against the Department of Justice by government watchdog Judicial Watch, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has ruled documents being withheld from Congress under President Obama's claim of executive privilege must be turned over. Obama made the claim on the same day Attorney General Eric Holder was voted in criminal and civil contempt of Congress in June 2012. "This order forces the Obama DOJ, for the first time, to provide a detailed listing of all documents that it has withheld from Congress and the American people for...
  • JUDGE SIGNALS SHE’LL FORCE HOLDER TO HAND OVER FAST & FURIOUS DOCUMENTS

    05/15/2014 4:23:28 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 78 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 15, 2014 | by KEN KLUKOWSKI
    U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson was openly irritated both with Attorney General Eric Holder and with the U.S. House of Representatives over whether executive privilege allows Holder to withhold documents on Operation Fast and Furious. But she also signaled she would rule against Holder in part, making it likely that Congress—and the public—could learn the truth about a gun-running scandal that ended with a murdered federal agent. Berman began today’s hearing in Washington, D.C.’s federal district court with an opening statement about this case “concerning the suspected illegal flow of firearms from the United States to Mexican drug cartels.”...
  • Will Obama Claim Executive Privilege On Benghazi?

    05/05/2014 10:28:19 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 26 replies
    Will Obama Claim Executive Privilege On Benghazi? by Ken Klukowski 5 May 2014, 7:50 AM PDT post a comment With Congress breathing down his neck on Benghazi, President Obama has a legal ace in his hand – executive privilege – which he could assert to protect the documents explaining exactly why the White House came to blame the attack on a YouTube video. Politically, however, it's a hand he dare not play. To get the strongest legal backing for the privilege, Obama would need to claim he personally participated in the conversations about telling America the falsehood that the 9/11...
  • Judge: Show me Obama foreign aid order

    11/12/2013 4:57:26 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/11/13 8:32 AM EST | Josh Gerstein
    A federal judge is demanding to see a copy of a government-wide foreign-aid-policy order President Barack Obama issued three years ago which administration lawyers have argued is protected by executive privilege. The Obama administration acknowledges that the Presidential Policy Directive on Global Development the president signed in 2010 is unclassified, but officials have steadfastly refused to make any portion of it public, even after a watchdog group filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit for the document earlier this year. (The White House has released a fact sheet about the order.) On Friday, U.S. District Court Judge Ellen Huvelle ordered...
  • Obama still holding out on those subpoenaed Fast & Furious documents ("Executive Privilege")

    04/25/2013 12:39:18 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/25/2013 | Erika Johnsen
    Congress is still steadily pursuing the investigation on the very dark spot on the Obama administration's record that is Operation Fast and Furious --- and when I say "dark spot," I do mean that literally, because so much of the evidence was so thoroughly redacted. The administration is continuing to fight Congressional attempts to uncover all of the details into the deadly gun-walking operation, and the dispute has moved into district-court territory. In front of a federal judge on Wednesday, the Department of Justice argued that the court should really just decline to decide on the case and leave the...
  • Univision: The untold story of what 'Fast and Furious' wrought in Mexico

    09/29/2012 10:22:09 AM PDT · by BillyBonebrake · 20 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | Sept. 29, 2012 | Patrik Jonsson
    At 7 p.m. on Sunday, Univision says it’ll air a blockbuster investigation detailing the impact of the deeply flawed gunrunning investigation, which operated between Oct. 2009 and January 2011. The Spanish-language channel says the “Aqui y Ahora” program will expose the true deadly toll of a covert program where US officials allowed over 2,000 high-powered rifles to “walk” into the hands of violent Mexican cartels. Expecting American interest, Univision will caption the program in English.
  • Quayle on Fast and Furious report: Holder ‘lied to my face’ during House testimony

    09/20/2012 2:02:48 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 48 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | September 19, 2012 | Matthew Boyle
    Arizona Republican Rep. Ben Quayle told The Daily Caller that Attorney General Eric Holder gave him false testimony under oath about Operation Fast and Furious wiretap application documents during a June 7 House Judiciary Committee hearing. Quayle said the Department of Justice’s inspector general report proves that Holder lied to him while under oath during the hearing. “I saw earlier that Holder is basically doing a victory dance and that he thinks this [inspector general] report exonerates him and there was no dishonesty with Congress — that’s just a blatant lie,” Quayle said in a phone interview. “I mean, he...
  • Eric Holder’s Tangled Web of Deception

    07/02/2012 5:48:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 2, 2012 | Lurita Doan
    How disheartening to watch U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder maneuver, spin, duck, dodge and dissemble.  Perhaps Holder still clings to the notion that he is serving the country and protecting the President, but his actions have pushed him well beyond that high ground.  Even Democrat leaders in congress, long-time Holder allies who long ago stopped thinking for themselves and who now resemble crazed wildebeests lost in their blind stampede against Republicans, are having doubts.   During three years at Justice, Attorney General Holder has told too many tales, ducked accountability too many times and has too-often clung to the tattered...
  • Fast and Furious: A Timeline

    06/28/2012 4:03:16 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies
    National Review Online ^ | June 28, 2012 | NRO Staff
    What led up to the House vote on whether to hold the attorney general in contempt of Congress. October 26, 2009 to June 20, 2012U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry.
  • Brian Terry - Murdered by Eric Holder and the Obama Administration - In Honor ...

    06/27/2012 11:55:52 AM PDT · by skeama · 4 replies
    douglasjame.es ^ | 06/24/2012 | David Gilmour (Cover)
    Misic (David Gilmour Cover) & Video Tribute - Brian Terry - Murdered by Eric Holder and the Obama Administration :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: Please go :: HERE :: to watch/listen to tribute. :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: A song for Brian Terry - lyrics below (David Gilmour), murdered by a Mexican Cartel member who may be a paid informant to the US Government, Fast and Furious, Eric Holder & Barack Obama Administration, accomplices having intentionally supplied over 2000 guns including...
  • Issa accuses Obama of involvement in 'Fast and Furious' operation

    06/27/2012 10:01:15 AM PDT · by neverdem · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/26/12 | Jordy Yager
    Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) on Tuesday accused President Obama of either obstructing a congressional investigation or of involvement in the "Fast and Furious" gun-tracking operation. In a seven-page letter to the president, the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee leveled his most direct allegations yet at Obama just two days ahead of a full House vote on whether to place Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for failing to respond to a subpoena. Issa took issue with Obama’s assertion of executive privilege over a cache of documents at the Department of Justice — including a...
  • Will Republicans accommodate Obama in his play for time?

    06/26/2012 10:04:17 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 7 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 6/26/2012 | Doug Book
    Barack Obama’s invocation of executive privilege to keep subpoenaed documents from congressional committees investigating Fast and Furious came as rather a shock to many DC observers. It wasn’t that pundits were surprised the “most transparent administration in history” had chosen to OFFICIALLY cover up the Fast and Furious affair. After all, no one actually believed Obama’s phony openness claims in the first place. What really confounded Administration friends and foes alike was the fact Obama invoked the privilege in the face of such an extensive body of disapproving legal precedent. “Where there is reason to believe…documents sought may shed light...
  • Court rulings suggest 'privilege' claim over 'Furious' docs would fizzle, Republicans say

    06/25/2012 12:29:20 PM PDT · by neverdem · 12 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | June 23, 2012 | Judson Berger
    President Obama may have to clear a high bar in order to lock down Fast and Furious documents from the prying eyes of congressional investigators. After the White House asserted executive privilege over potentially thousands of documents pertaining to the botched anti-gunrunning operation, critics of the move pointed out that the federal appeals court in the nation's capital has taken a skeptical view toward privilege claims in the past. The D.C. appeals court in 2004 rejected a privilege claim made by the George W. Bush White House pertaining to Justice Department documents dating back to the Clinton administration. That case...
  • New poll: Obama’s executive-privilege assertion not as popular as WH imagined (Only 29% back Obama)

    06/25/2012 5:57:36 AM PDT · by sunmars · 65 replies
    Via Jammie Wearing Fool, the numbers are as brutal as he says. In a poll taken by The Hill after last week’s assertion of executive privilege by Barack Obama in the Operation Fast and Furious probe, only 29% of likely voters supported Obama’s move to block access to Department of Justice documentation, while a clear majority disapproved: A clear majority of likely voters believes President Obama has exercised his executive power inappropriately — particularly in blocking the release of documents relating to Operation Fast and Furious, according to a new poll for The Hill. … The Hill Poll found that...
  • Fast And Furious Did Not Begin Under President Bush

    06/22/2012 5:38:41 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 12 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | June 23, 2012 | Editor
    Scandal: The president's spokesman confuses a "controlled delivery" operation known as Wide Receiver with the quite different Fast and Furious and couldn't even remember the name of the Border Patrol agent killed by it. When a Border Patrol agent is murdered in the service of his country as a result of a program run by his own government, one would think the White House press secretary would know his name. Jay Carney, his name was Brian Terry. During a contentious press conference where even the White House press corps seemed to have had enough with the administration's tap dancing about...
  • Fast And Furious: Obama Lied, People Died (pic)

    06/22/2012 10:59:07 AM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 9 replies
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  • An Arrogant and Lawless Cover-Up

    06/22/2012 7:17:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 22, 2012 | David Limbaugh
    Few principles are more important to our constitutional scheme than the separation of powers, which is precisely why President Obama's bogus assertion of executive privilege to thwart Congress' investigation into Fast and Furious is so inexcusable. Executive privilege is an important safeguard against congressional overreach and to preserve the separation of powers. The inherent right of the executive to protect highly sensitive information has long been recognized, and the privilege was judicially established during the Watergate era. As such, Congress should not go on fishing expeditions against a president to score political points. But neither should a president assert the...
  • Hiding Behind Executive Privilege

    06/21/2012 7:10:09 PM PDT · by neverdem · 45 replies
    National Review Online ^ | June 21, 2012 | The Editors
    President Barack Obama has long tried to distance himself from the “Fast and Furious” scandal at the Justice Department, which stems from a program under which Mexican drug cartels were allowed to acquire U.S. firearms that were later used against U.S. law-enforcement personnel. By invoking executive privilege to stymie congressional investigation of the case, the president has placed himself squarely in the center of it.President Obama, who had been a bitter critic of the Bush administration’s use of executive privilege, today through his representatives protested that he is only doing what the Bush administration did before him. The same...
  • Levin Outlines 'The Right Way To Proceed' To Get Holder Documents

    06/21/2012 1:25:04 PM PDT · by Clint N. Suhks · 16 replies
    CNS news ^ | 6/21/12 | By Craig Bannister
    Last night, radio host Mark Levin outlined the five steps that should now be taken to compel Attorney General Eric Holder to produce Operation Fast and Furious documents. “There is no need for Senate action,” Levin explained. Instead, he said, a civil lawsuit should be pursued by House Oversight Committee Chair Darrell Issa (R-Calif.). Levin outlined what he believes is “the right way to proceed”: 1. Hold Holder in contempt by resolution of the House. 2.Seek authorization from the House for the Committee to proceed by civil action to compel production of the documents. 3.Chairman Issa should file suit in...
  • Liberals Turning on Obama after Executive Privilege; "A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing"

    06/21/2012 11:35:49 AM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 26 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 6/21/12 | Aurelius
    The garbage propagated by the Obama Administration is not going unnoticed by some liberals. Some are indeed calling him out. Over at the Daily Kos, an article slammed him for his incompetency and lack of transparency: At Reddit, many users have had enough with the President's broken promises. Here are just a few examples. "A wolf in sheep's clothing:" ...Even at Democratic Underground some (though certainly not most) actually thought about what the President was doing:
  • What Executive Privilege Really Means To Obama And Holder (pic)

    06/21/2012 10:02:02 AM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 3 replies
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  • Pelosi: Contempt vote really about stopping Holder from fighting voter suppression in our country

    06/21/2012 8:37:33 AM PDT · by sunmars · 72 replies
    therightscoop ^ | June 21st, 2012 | The Right Scoop
    At Pelosi’s weekly press conference this morning, she made the point several times that there was a huge difference between George W. Bush asserting Executive Privilege over the firing of US Attorneys and Obama using it yesterday. When asked what the differences were she deferred to Elijah Cummings on the issue. But then she took a moment to tell the press what this contempt vote was really about, to stop Holder from fighting voter suppression in this country: Contempt of Congress? Contempt of Congress? To frivolously use that really important vehicle to undermine the person who’s assigned to stop the...
  • Can Obama make an executive-privilege claim stick? (How will it work legally and politically?)

    06/21/2012 6:38:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/21/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    This are actually two questions, both equally important, thanks to the calendar. Will Barack Obama's claims of executive privilege work legally, and will it work politically? We're more likely to find the answer to the second question before we find the answer to the first, as the presidential election will arrive before any definitive court ruling on the action yesterday from Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder. In my column for The Fiscal Times, I predict that Obama will lose on both counts: A Congressional Research Service analysis from 2008 makes the need for presidential involvement in a claim of...
  • MARK LEVIN: "Executive Privilege" And How the House Should Move Forward Legally

    06/21/2012 3:28:53 AM PDT · by Yosemitest · 23 replies
    Mark Levin Show.com ^ | June 20, 2012 | Mark Levin
        On Wednesday's Mark Levin Show:A House Congressional panel has voted to place Eric Holder in contempt of Congress regarding the Fast and Furious investigation.Also, President Obama has cited executive privilege and refuses to hand over evidence or documents regardingwhat he knew or when he knew it.Mark applauds the Republicans for standing up and delivering a blow to the tyranny that is going on, and urges them to keep at it. Mark explains the history of executive privilege, as well as the power of Congress versus the power of the Executive. It is clear that Eric Holder is at...
  • Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry's Parents Release Statement

    06/20/2012 5:53:24 PM PDT · by Nachum · 26 replies
    One News Page.com ^ | 6/20/12 | staff
    Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry’s mother and father released a statement today on President Obama’s executive privilege. “Attorney General Eric Holder’s refusal to fully disclose the documents associated with Operation Fast and Furious and President Obama’s assertion of executive privilege serves to compound this tragedy. It denies the Terry family and the American people the truth.” Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry “was killed by members of a Mexican drug cartel armed with weapons from this failed Justice Department gun trafficking investigation. For more than 18 months we have been asking our federal government for justice and accountability. The documents sought...
  • EDITORIAL: Holder’s contempt and Obama’s privilege

    06/20/2012 4:39:02 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 20 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 20, 2012 | Editorial
    Fast and Furious fight heads to the House floorPresident Obama’s attempt to invoke executive privilege to forestall contempt-of-Congress proceedings against Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. failed. Instead, the claim elevates the dispute between the administration and Capitol Hill to a new and troubling level. The operative question now is, what did the president know and when did he know it? The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee voted Wednesday to recommend a contempt charge against Mr. Holder. Since October, the Justice Department has refused to respond to a subpoena seeking 1,300 pages of documents related to the botched Fast...
  • House Panel Votes To Hold Holder in Contempt

    06/20/2012 2:29:09 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 43 replies
    wsj ^ | June 20, 2012 | EVAN PEREZ
    WASHINGTON—A House committee voted to sanction Attorney General Eric Holder with contempt of Congress, escalating a standoff between Republicans and the Obama administration over documents about a botched gun-trafficking operation. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, in a party-line vote, approved the measure by the panel's chairman, Rep. Darrell Issa (R., Calif.), after a nearly six-hour hearing that largely devolved into partisan bickering. House Republican leaders immediately said they would bring the contempt measure to the House floor next week. Just before the committee began its meeting Wednesday morning, the White House said President Barack Obama had asserted executive...
  • Executive Privilege: A Primer

    06/20/2012 2:22:37 PM PDT · by AJFavish · 3 replies
    University of Chicago Law School Faculty Blog ^ | March 26, 2007 | sunstein (Cass?)
    March 26, 2007 Executive Privilege: A Primer In view of the current conflict between Congress and the President, it might be useful to outline existing law on executive privilege, and thus to provide a kind of primer (a tentative, preliminary, and incomplete one to be sure). The following does not focus on or attempt to resolve the current controversy. Nor does it trace the practices of Congress and the executive branch over time. One of the largest lessons is that much of the law remains unsettled. The Supreme Court has not said a great deal; the court of appeals for...
  • Vote PASSES, Eric Holder in CONTEMPT - Obama Executive Privilege & Evolving Truth - Fast and Furious

    06/20/2012 1:21:13 PM PDT · by davidbellow · 28 replies
    Texas Conservative Republican News ^ | 6/20/2012 | David Bellow
    House Oversight Committee Has Just Passed a Resolution Holding Attorney General Eric Holder in Contempt for not releasing fast and furious documents.   The Contempt Charge now goes to the entire House for a vote on holding Holder in Contempt before it is sent to prosecution.The committee even passed an amendment with many reasons why Obama's executive privilege is not valid The Committee hearing was very interesting. The Democrats, like Reps Towns and Rep Norton, tried to say that the Committee should give more time to Eric Holder because Holder is willing to work with the committee to release some documents....
  • WashTimes: Sen. Grassley: Assertion of Executive Privilege Raises ‘Monumental Questions’

    06/20/2012 8:48:35 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 74 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 6-20-2012 | Bryan Preston
    June 20, 2012WashTimes: Sen. Grassley: Assertion of Executive Privilege Raises ‘Monumental Questions’ Bryan Preston..... “The assertion of executive privilege raises monumental questions,” said Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee who first began the Fast and Furious investigation. “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,” he said. ..........
  • The President MUST Be Involved in an Issue to Invoke Executive Privilege

    06/20/2012 9:22:55 AM PDT · by bloodmeridian · 14 replies
    Feed Your ADHD ^ | 6/20/2012 | Snarky Basterd
    By now, you probably know that President Barack Obama invoked executive privilege to stall Congress' attempt to get Attorney General Eric Holder to fork over documents in the Fast and Furious Scandal. You probably also know, by now, that Obama explicitly spoke out against executive privilege before he was president, saying "the American people need to know what's going on," in yet another classic "do as I say, not as I do" moment brought to you by the first dictator in the history of the United States. But did you know the president has to be involved in a situation...
  • Obama Asserts Executive Privilege in Gun-Trafficking Rift

    06/20/2012 8:27:25 AM PDT · by lbryce · 22 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 20, 2012 | EVAN PEREZ
    The White House asserted executive privilege Wednesday over some gun-trafficking-probe documents sought by congressional Republicans, throwing into uncertainty a possible vote to sanction Attorney General Eric Holder with contempt of Congress. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee was meeting Wednesday morning to discuss the contempt fight. The panel's chairman, Rep. Darrell Issa (R., Calif.), said the committee was evaluating the White House's assertion. In a letter to Mr. Issa, Deputy Attorney General James Cole said the president had asserted the privilege to block the documents from being released, but he held out the possibility of negotiating an agreement over...
  • Obama grants Holder request on 'Furious' documents as contempt vote looms (Executive Privilege)

    06/20/2012 7:37:10 AM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 74 replies
    FoxNews ^ | June 20, 2012
    President Obama has granted an 11th-hour request by Attorney General Eric Holder to exert executive privilege over Fast and Furious documents, a last-minute maneuver that appears unlikely to head off a contempt vote against Holder by Republicans in the House. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is expected to forge ahead Wednesday morning with its meeting on the contempt resolution anyway. If the vote proceeds, Republicans have more than enough votes on committee to pass the resolution. However, Holder would not be considered held in contempt of Congress unless and until the full House approves the measure.
  • Obama grants Holder request on 'Furious' documents as contempt vote looms

    06/20/2012 7:26:03 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 44 replies
    Foxnews.com ^ | 6-20-2012 | FOXnews
    DEVELOPING ... President Obama has granted an 11th-hour request by Attorney General Eric Holder to exert executive privilege over Fast and Furious documents, a last-minute maneuver that appears unlikely to head off a contempt vote against Holder by Republicans in the House. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is expected to forge ahead with its meeting on the contempt resolution anyway.
  • Harriet Miers Must Testify, Judge Says

    08/27/2008 11:49:55 AM PDT · by kenn5 · 11 replies · 120+ views
    ABC News ^ | Aug. 26, 2008 | EMMA SCHWARTZ
    A federal judge denied the White House's last-ditch attempt to block a former aide from testifying before Congress as part of the investigation into the U.S. Attorney scandal. Today's ruling by Judge John Bates of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia is expected to pave the way for former White House Counsel Harriet Miers, who returned to her old law firm in Texas, to testify before Congress in the coming months. It also urges the White House to turn over documents subpoenaed from former chief of staff Joshua Bolten.
  • White House Threatens to Veto Bill to Modernize Presidential Records Act

    07/10/2008 8:28:13 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 6 replies · 90+ views
    The Public Record ^ | July 10, 2008 | Jason Leopold
    On Wednesday, just as the Senate passed sweeping new legislation to modernize a 30 year old federal surveillance law, President Bush signaled that he would swiftly veto a bill approved by the House earlier in the day that would overhaul the Presidential and Federal Records Act to ensure emails and other government documents are preserved in the age of the Internet. The measure was passed by a vote of 286-137, more than a year after several Senate and House investigations discovered that the Bush administration apparently purged millions of emails and that dozens of administration officials used email accounts maintained...
  • Battered Congress Syndrome (executive privilege, FISA etc.)

    06/26/2008 10:48:22 AM PDT · by CutePuppy · 16 replies · 141+ views
    Washington Post ^ | June 24, 2008 | Dan Froomkin
    President Bush doesn't hesitate to kick Congress around, but Congress just can't bring itself to kick back. During oral arguments yesterday about whether a federal judge should enforce congressional subpoenas against a belligerent White House, representatives of the judicial and executive branches both noted that Congress hasn't exercised its full constitutional powers. As Del Quentin Weber writes in The Washington Post, District Court Judge John D. Bates suggested that "the House could take other actions to compel the testimony. For example, the judge said, the House could order [White House Counsel Harriet] Miers's arrest and detention in a cell in...
  • Cheney gets last laugh

    06/19/2008 6:27:42 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 72 replies · 114+ views
    Cheney gets last laugh By Kevin Bogardus and Rebecca Brown Posted: 06/19/08 07:51 PM [ET] Vice President Dick Cheney has won his battle to withhold records from the public despite efforts by Congress and other critics who say they should be open to scrutiny. The Democrats are conceding defeat. The party’s top investigator in the House of Representatives acknowledges that there is nothing more he can do to force the vice president’s hand. “He has managed to stonewall everyone,” said Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. “I’m not sure there’s anything we can...
  • Judge rules for White House in e-mail controversy [not subject to the Freedom of Information Act]

    06/16/2008 8:22:58 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 46 replies · 93+ views
    Judge rules for White House in e-mail controversy By PETE YOST, Associated Press Writer 8 minutes ago A federal judge ruled Monday that a White House office that has records about millions of possibly missing e-mails does not have to make them public. U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly says the Office of Administration is not subject to the Freedom of Information Act, enabling the White House to maintain the secrecy of a lengthy internal paper trail about its problem-plagued e-mail system. The decision came in a lawsuit filed against the administration by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a...
  • Rove: Courts will have to decide his subpoena

    05/25/2008 3:04:13 PM PDT · by ricks_place · 21 replies · 560+ views
    KXMC ^ | May 25 2008 | Associated Press
    Washington (AP) Karl Rove says he didn't interfere with the Justice Department's prosecution of a former Alabama governor. President Bush's former chief political adviser told ABC's "This Week" program today that he only learned about the investigation and indictment of Don Siegelman "by reading about it in the newspaper." Siegelman was sentenced to more than seven years in prison for a 2006 bribery conviction. He was released in March thanks to a federal appeals court ruling. He has accused Republican operatives of pushing his prosecution. Rove also told ABC today that it will be up to the courts to decide...
  • Dems fault Bush on executive privilege (Desperation or despicability dem-style; invoking Watergate?)

    04/10/2008 5:16:11 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 128+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/10/08 | Laurie Kellman - ap
    WASHINGTON - President Bush's refusal to let two confidants provide information to Congress about fired federal prosecutors represents the most expansive view of executive privilege since Watergate, the House Judiciary Committee told a federal judge Thursday. Lawyers for the Democratic-led panel argued in court documents that Bush's chief of staff, Josh Bolten, and former White House counsel Harriet Miers are not protected from subpoenas last year that sought information about the dismissals. The legal filing came in lawsuit that pits the legislative branch against the executive in a fight over a president's powers. The committee is seeking the testimony as...
  • White House lets Leahy’s deadline pass

    08/20/2007 3:15:51 PM PDT · by Jean S · 43 replies · 1,989+ views
    The Hill ^ | 8/20/07 | Elana Schor
    Vice President Dick Cheney’s office on Monday responded separately from the White House to a Senate subpoena for documents on warrantless wiretapping and resurrected the controversial contention that Cheney is not part of the executive branch. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) set Monday’s subpoena deadline after granting an extension request by the White House. Presidential counsel Fred Fielding, as expected, told Leahy in a letter that a second delay, until after Labor Day, would help Congress and the administration “expeditiously seek a means of accommodation that will negate the need for an assertion of executive privilege.” But the...
  • PAT TILLMAN: ACTION AND SOME REACTIONS

    08/11/2007 9:17:22 AM PDT · by tailgunner · 10 replies · 382+ views
    NowPublic.com ^ | August 11, 2007 | Navvy Jiner
    Opening the investigation into the combat death in Afghanistan of NFL defensive back Pat Tillman, Chairman Henry A. Waxman of the House Committee On Oversight and Government Reform said about fatalities there and in Iraq, Each death has its own compelling story. Each brought incalculable grief for the soldier’s family and...
  • Congress Seeks Surveillance Documents

    08/08/2007 3:02:24 PM PDT · by SmithL · 3 replies · 280+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 8/8/7 | LAURIE KELLMAN, Associated Press Writer
    WASHINGTON, (AP) -- Though Congress is on vacation, majority Democrats are keeping alive various fights with the White House with one common thread: Congress' access to administration documents and testimony to which President Bush has claimed executive privilege. Smack in the middle of the August break, the White House faces a new deadline for producing subpoenaed information about the legal justification for the president's secretive eavesdropping program. And aides in both chambers are considering a selection of ways to deal with Bush's refusal to let current and former advisers testify publicly about their roles in the firings of federal prosecutors....
  • White House Official: 'No basis' for impeachment

    07/27/2007 11:23:06 AM PDT · by trooprally · 51 replies · 1,803+ views
    July 27,2007 | KRISTINN
    The following report was phoned in by Kristinn:In a conference call with bloggers today regarding the assertion of executive privilege, a White House official stated there was no basis for impeachment of President Bush. The statement came in response to a question about whether the White House is concerned that the Democrat lead Congress is using their investigations to gin up impeachment charges. The White House official said that the criminal contempt charges of the House Judiciary Committee against White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten and former White House Council Harriet Miers is unprecedented and more extraordinary than impeachment....
  • Beneath Contempt

    07/26/2007 9:34:19 PM PDT · by gpapa · 9 replies · 693+ views
    OpinionJournal.com ^ | July 27, 2007 | KIMBERLEY A. STRASSEL
    A president removes a U.S. attorney, and Congress demands to see privileged files related to the firing. The president refuses, noting that "these suspensions are my executive acts," and "based upon considerations addressed to me alone." The Senate has a meltdown, arguing it has oversight authority over the removal of administration officials and threatens to censure the attorney general. If this sounds familiar, it shouldn't, since it's the story of a long-forgotten battle that President Grover Cleveland fought with Congress in 1885. One reason it is long-forgotten is because nothing happened. The Senate was steamed that Cleveland wouldn't cough up...
  • Contempt and Congress

    07/22/2007 9:31:14 PM PDT · by gpapa · 2 replies · 387+ views
    OpinionJournal.com ^ | July 23, 2007 | JOHN YOO
    The Democrats' attack on executive privilege shows blatant disregard for the Constitution. Republicans aren't exactly racing to defend President Bush's assertion of executive privilege against Congress's investigation of his firing of nine U.S. attorneys. This leaves former political director Sara Taylor and Harriet Miers, former White House counsel, facing possible contempt sanctions. If this sword of Damocles drops, an important constitutional showdown between the branches might well reach the Supreme Court. Rather than run from this fight, supporters of the constitutional system ought to stand firm with the president. Presidents, Congresses, and the courts have long accepted a president's right...
  • Facing Suit, Corzine Quits Realm of E-Mail

    07/11/2007 9:43:09 PM PDT · by neverdem · 28 replies · 1,118+ views
    NY Times ^ | July 12, 2007 | DAVID W. CHEN
    TRENTON, July 11 — He’s logging off. Gov. Jon S. Corzine put New Jersey residents on notice Wednesday: If you want to get ahold of him, don’t bother using your computer. In response to a lawsuit filed by Republicans seeking public disclosure of e-mail messages he exchanged with the state union president who is also a former companion, Mr. Corzine said he had decided simply to stop using e-mail. He has insisted that his e-mail messages from a private campaign account to the union leader, Carla Katz of the Communications Workers of America Local 1034, are private, and therefore insulated...
  • What Is Executive Privilege, Anyway?

    06/29/2007 4:14:25 PM PDT · by Rodney King · 3 replies · 341+ views
    NPR ^ | today | Eric Wiener
    Legal Affairs What Is Executive Privilege, Anyway? by Eric Weiner Richard Nixon President Richard Nixon smiles during a March 1973 White House news conference. He wasn't so happy, though, when the Supreme Court ruled against his claims of executive privilege and forced him to hand over audio tapes during the Watergate investigation. © Bettmann/CORBIS NPR.org, June 28, 2007 · President Dwight Eisenhower was the first president to coin the phrase "executive privilege," but not the first to invoke its principle: namely, that a president has the right to withhold certain information from Congress, the courts or anyone else — even...
  • White House Asserts Executive Privilege (Take a hike, Leahy!)

    06/28/2007 6:23:23 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 17 replies · 678+ views
    All News Sources....Fox/AP/CNN | 06/28/07
    The Bush White House has asserted executive privilege in a confrontation with congressional Democrats over the firings of several federal prosecutors.