Why would a sitting U.S. President invoke executive privilege over such an embarrassing situation? Could the documents show Obama and Holder were deeply involved in Fast and Furious? Not 4 years ago Obama stated that using executive privilege was akin to hiding behind a shield. What does Obama have to hide?
These are questions that Obama needs to answer.
Attorney General Eric Holder claimed during congressional testimony June 7th, 2012 that internal Justice Department emails that use the phrase “Fast and Furious” do not refer to the controversial gun-walking operation Fast and Furious. What, were they talking about the movie series? I believe Holder authorized Fast and furious, and that Obama knew everything about it and that is why Obama invoke executive privilege. He is covering his ass.
Under questioning from Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), who read excerpts of the emails at a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Justice Department oversight, Holder claimed that the phrase “Fast and Furious” did not refer to Fast and Furious but instead referred to another gun-walking operation known as “Wide Receiver.”
U.S. Border Agent Brian A. Terry, shot and killed on Dec. 14, 2010, near Rio Rico, Arizona, while trying to catch bandits who target illegal immigrants. (AP Photo)
However, the emails refer to both programs — “Fast and Furious” and the “Tucson case,” from where Wide Receiver was launched — and reveal Justice Department officials discussing how to handle media scrutiny when both operations become public.
Among three of the emails (see Jason Weinstein Email Fast, Furious.pdf), the second, dated “October 17, 2010 11:07 PM,” was sent by Deputy Assistant Attorney General Jason Weinstein to James Trusty and it states: “Do you think we should have Lanny participate in press when Fast and Furious and Laura’s Tucson case [Wide Receiver] are unsealed? It’s a tricky case, given the number of guns that have walked, but it is a significant set of prosecutions.”
If this was the average American they would be tried, convicted, and sentenced to life in prison. Since this is not the average American, nothing will probably happen.