Gunrunner: Barack Obama invokes executive privilege as the Oversight Committee votes to hold Eric Holder in Contempt for Fast and Furious
After months of posturing by both sides today was finally D-Day in the showdown between Eric Holder, the White House, and Darrell Issa. The events which unfolded today actually began in earnest yesterday after Darell Issa agreed to sit down in private with Eric Holder in an attempt–so says Eric Holder–to make a deal with Darrell Issa to avoid the contempt charges. But it turned out the deal wasn’t much of a deal at all, it sounded more like an ultimatum:
Sadly the Attorney General said in the meeting that if we go forward with contempt we’d get no cooperation from that time forward. On the other hand he said that if we would take the briefing we’d have to close the case. We’re sorta between a rock and a hard spot.
We really have to go forward – yes contempt is unusual and the US Attorney pleading the case before a federal judge in DC can take some time and unfortunately during that time we don’t expect to get a lot of new discovery. But again, you really have no choice when the executive branch says no we won’t allow you to look into misconduct within the executive branch.
The first part of that statement is just plain laughable because in order to continue cooperating Eric Holder would have had to have been cooperating in the first place. But anyway, basically Eric Holder made it sound like he was running the show, apparently forgetting that it is he who is under investigation, by trying to dictate the terms of his compliance.
On one hand he is saying if Darrell Issa moved forward (to borrow Barack Obama’s communist campaign slogan) with an attempt at forced compliance with the subpoena he would stop talking to Darrell Issa, and if Darrell Issa wanted to hear a briefing on why he could not more fully comply with the subpoena he would have to agree to drop the Fast and Furious investigation before he even heard the briefing. Neither of these options were appealing to Darrell Issa so he told Eric Holder to be prepared to be held in contempt.
What apparently happened next was something that I had not foreseen, although I guess I should have: A panicked Eric Holder ran to Barack Obama and asked him to invoke executive privilege and seal the documents that Darrell Issa had been seeking all these months, and earlier today Barack Obama did just that even though he once railed against George W Bush for “hiding behind executive privilege every time there was something a little shaky.”
And supplying weapons to known criminals who used these weapons to murder hundreds of Mexicans and two Americans is more than a little shaky, in fact it is criminal, but yet Barack Obama is hiding behind executive privilege to protect somebody in high places–maybe even himself.
I believe that Eric Holder and Barack Obama came to the conclusion that if executive privilege was used that Darrell Issa would realize resistance was futile and would drop the contempt hearing, but an undismayed Darrell Issa moved forward and the Oversight Committee voted to hold Eric Holder in contempt by a party line vote of 23-17 as Democrats begin to circle the wagons for an election year showdown.
Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, who first began the Fast and Furious investigation, said the assertion by the White House of executive privilege raises “monumental questions.”
“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 questions from Congress go to determining what happened in a disastrous government program for accountability and so that it’s never repeated again,”
I couldn’t agree more, this decision by Barack Obama raises some major questions not the least of which is what is the Department of Injustice trying to hide? Is it Barack Obama’s role in this deadly scandal or is it the possibility that the FBI is directly involved in Brian Terry’s and Jamie Zapata’s deaths? The Department of Injustice has been trying to hide something and by invoking executive privilege Barack Obama has now for the first time actively involved himself in this scandal and the coverup. Whatever they are trying to hide, it is so big that Barack Obama found it necessary to ensure the results of this investigation are delayed until after the November election and it just might be possible that Barack Obama will now have to defend this decision in the courts because I am sure Darrell Issa will sue the regime to get these documents released.
In my opinion there is one positive that could possibly come from today’s events and that is the fact that the mainstream media might possibly be forced to cover this issue in an election year, although the media will portray this as an election year witch hunt based on the fact that Eric Holder and Barack Obama are black. But once the people who haven’t been following this story because of the media’s duplicity in the coverup start to understand what happened in this scandal, and as they start to learn the details and not the spin, they will conclude on their own that this was a nefarious, deadly, and criminal undertaking which cannot possibly be defended.