Romney Press Secretary Andrea Saul attacked President Barack Obama’s decision to invoke executive privilege on documents pertaining to the Fast and Furious scandal requested by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
“President Obama’s pledge to run the most open and transparent administration in history has turned out to be just another broken promise,” she said in a statement to BuzzFeed.
The scandal has largely been ignored by the media and the American public, but is entering the mainstream as the committee prepares to vote to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for failing to turn over the documents.
The contempt vote centers around documents contempt from after February 4, 2011 — the fate the Department of Justice first tried to downplay the failed operation — to examine why it took so long to acknowledge the operation’s flaws, the management practices at the department, and how it treated whistle-blowers.
In his letter to Obama requesting privilege, Holder requested that those documents not be released to Congress, saying they spoke to how the department responds to congressional and media inquiries — which have traditionally been held back by previous Attorneys General.
The Romney response keeps the campaign out of the nitty-gritty of the investigation, while alleging Obama violated a campaign promise to further transparency in government.