Obama Asserts Executive Privilege Over Fast and Furious Docs He’s Never Seen. Then Plays Some Golf.
Well, everybody else is saying it, so why not us? “Most Transparent Administration Ever.” Hahahahahaha. Not quite.
We’ve commented before about “Fast and Furious,” the Dept. of Justice operation that resulted in large numbers of guns landing in the hands of Mexican drug cartels, that ultimately killed a U.S. border patrol agent. Well, the House of Representatives has been trying to get to the bottom of whether Eric Holder, head of the DOJ, knew about the operation. In its effort to figure that out, the House subpoenaed records from the DOJ…which was met with a lot of inaction. So the House is about to have a vote on whether to hold Holder in contempt for failing to produce required docs. So what does Holder do? He calls up his boss. And what does the Most Transparent President Ever do? Be completely transparent, if by “transparent” you mean the exact opposite:
President Obama on Wednesday invoked executive privilege to withhold from a Congressional oversight committee some documents and communications among his advisers regarding the failed gun enforcement operation known as ‘Fast and Furious,’ in which weapons purchased in the United States were allowed to cross into Mexico.
And by “some documents,” we mean thousands. Why would the President do this? Well, a letter from Holder to The One may shed some light on it:
In a letter to Obama seeking the assertion of executive privilege, Holder said the documents involved related to the Justice Department’s ‘response to congressional oversight and related media inquiries,’ and that release of internal executive branch documents would have ‘significant, damaging consequences.’
You know what the letter doesn’t say? What those “significant, damaging consequences” are. I think that’s pretty telling. You know what else is telling? The fact that the President hasn’t even seen the documents for which he’s asserting the privilege. If this were happening in a court of law, such shenanigans are sanctionable.
Personally, I find all of this to be interesting, hilarious, and infuriating all at the same time. Interesting: What happens if the head of the DOJ is found in contempt (probably not much)? Hilarious: Obama asserting a privilege over documents he’s never seen, and that obviously contain some juicy info. concerning a bone-headed, Obama Administration program, won’t help him any with independent voters. Infuriating: That none of the records are actually privileged; that nothing significant will happen to Holder (or Barry); and that we’ll never actually find out anything of substance about how everybody, from Holder to Obama, knew about Fast and Furious, since no one will actually challenge the asserted privilege in court…despite the fact that we, as taxpayers, own every single piece of paper they’re all arguing about in the first place!
At the end of the day, however, this is just one more entry in what will go down as one of, if not the, most corrupt administrations this country has ever seen. So I guess we have that going for us.