Seems odd Obama would invoke executive privilege over Fast & Furious documents when he kept telling everybody he had no knowledge of the program until after the scandal broke, no?
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- aldo laghi Seems odd Obama would invoke executiv...
Hang with me here big guy, I’m about to blow your freaking mind…. The DOJ is (wait for it) part of the Executive Branch. Their internal deliberations are protected by executive privilege (also the deliberative process privilege). Obama doesn’t have to look at, or even know about, a document for it to be protected by either privilege. The DOJ has turned over thousands and thousands of documents. Issa hasn’t found shit yet, so now he’s asked for documents relating to ongoing criminal investigations. Probably so he can leak them to the media, and/or the Chinese. Documents relating to ongoing criminal investigations are strongly protected from discovery, especially congressional fishing expeditions, because, you know, they concern ongoing criminal investigations that would be compromised when the documents would be leaked to the media and/or the Chinese. Holder has offered to strike a deal with Issa so that Issa gets to inspect the documents, but he can’t leak them to the media. Issa has refused that deal. He wants to share the documents with all of his friends. Considering that even Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia, and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy have told Issa to cool it (http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0512/76135.html), you know he’s got to be pushing it pretty hard. Maybe Issa should go back to doing what he’s good at: Holding panels wherein he and other guys talk about how icky vaginas are, and how they’d like to pass laws about what they get to put in them and when. He was much more comfortable in that setting.