Transparency: Eric Holder runs for White House cover; obtains executive privilege over Fast&Furious docs; Update: AG letter added; Video flashback – Obama on executive privilege; Update: House panel votes 23-17 to place Holder in contempt
Would you expect anything less from our career-stonewaller Attorney General? Of course not:
President Obama has granted an 11th-hour request by 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 the attorney general 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.
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House Republicans appear to be charging ahead with a high-drama contempt vote against Eric Holder, after GOP Rep. Darrell Issa said the attorney generally failed to produce the documents he requested for the probe into the Justice Department’s botched Fast and Furious operation.
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is scheduled to meet at 10 a.m. ET on Wednesday. Barring a last-minute document dump from Holder, lawmakers are poised to vote on a contempt resolution following debate this morning.
If the vote proceeds, Republicans have more than enough votes on committee to pass the resolution. However, Holder would not be considered to be held in contempt of Congress unless and until the full House approves the measure.
And yes, this does give clear and unmistakable lie to the Holder spin that Fast and Furious was just a local, little nothing-burger contretemps out of Arizona that had nooooothing to do with DOJ and the executive branch. Executive privilege applies to communications in which the president, ahem, was directly involved.
Contempt: It’s what’s for breakfast, lunch, and dinner at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
Here’s the letter (h/t @viewofadam)
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The House Oversight and Government Reform meeting will be broadcast on CSPAN here.
Rep. Issa blasts DOJ for demanding that investigation be dropped as a condition for meeting and document production.
FLASHBACK 2007: Obama attacked GOP for trying to “hide behind executive privilege.” Do as they say…
Update (DP): The oversight committee voted 23-17 to place Holder in contempt. Boehner and Cantor announced that the full House will vote on it next week.
The family of Brian Terry released a statement, which can be read here.
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