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.
It was the first time since Mr. Obama took office that he has asserted the privilege, and it sharpened considerably the long-festering dispute between Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. and Representative Darrell Issa of California, the Republican chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. The panel had been threatening to find Mr. Holder in contempt for refusing to hand over some documents.
- OBAMA REFUSES TO TURN OVER FAST AND FURIOUS DOCUMENTS
- FLASHBACK: Attacked Trying 'To Hide Behind Executive Privilege'
- GRASSLEY: ASSERTION 'RAISES MONUMENTAL QUESTIONS'
- ...'over documents he's supposedly never seen?'
- Issa to Holder: Get ready for contempt vote
- Holder retracts claim Bush team knew