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Should the President Have Invoked Executive Privilege on Fast and Furious?

If the investigation into "Fast and Furious" was strictly a Department of Justice issue, and not connected to the White House, should President Barack Obama have invoked executive privilege in the matter?

In a surprise move before the deadline ran out on a threat by congressional Republicans to hold U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress, the president threw a curveball.

According to media outlets, including The Huffington Post, President Barack Obama invoked executive privilege Wednesday, essentially withholding documents from a committee was demanding from Holder. The documents were requested for an investigation into "Fast and Furious" — the name given to an operation launched to track weapons purchased by Mexican drug cartels. It turned sour, however, when agents lost track of more than 1,000 firearms and two turned up at the scene of the murder of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry. The family of the dead border agent is reportedly condemning the move not to allow for full disclosure.

While it is the first time Obama has invoked this privilege, previous administrations have done it often. President George Bush invoked it six times and President Bill Clinton 14 times. With it being used now by Obama, it brings up all the old arguments made against previous administrations that “if there is nothing to hide, why hide?” Obama, as a senator, had asked that same question of the Bush administration. His own move drew swift criticism from House Republicans, including this comment by Speaker John Boehner’s press secretary, reported in The Huffington Post:

"Until now, everyone believed that the decisions regarding 'Fast and Furious' were confined to the Department of Justice. The White House decision to invoke executive privilege implies that White House officials were either involved in the 'Fast and Furious' operation or the cover-up that followed. The administration has always insisted that wasn't the case. Were they lying, or are they now bending the law to hide the truth?"

So what do you think? Should the president have invoked executive privilege in this case? If it was indeed outside the White House and strictly an issue with the Department of Justice, should he have stayed out of it and let the chips fall where they may? Tell us what you think in comments below. 

Terry June 24, 2012 at 03:36 PM
This administration has been standing before the American people for it's entire time and SAYING ONE THING AND DOING ANOTHER BEHIND THEIR BACKS!!! If all of the American people knew ALL of the Nightmare DESTRUCTIVE things OBAMA and his people have done to take away our FREEDOMS and RIGHTS they would RIOT IN WASHINGTON and throw them all out of office tomorrow. We have become a nation of LAZY AND IGNORANT people just want the government to GIVE ME GIVE ME GIVE ME! We are Truly on a path of destruction and we will crash soon! IT'S COMING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Fast and Furious was an operation that our government put guns in the hands of drug cartels in hoping that when it was proven that these guns came from America gun dealers, it would be able to show the American people that the second amendment to the Constitution must be abolished and take away our gun rights and shut down gun dealers so ONLY THE GOVERNMENT WILL HAVE THE GUNS!!! This move is ALWAYS part of taking a country down the road to COMMUNISM and TOTAL GOVERNMENT CONTROL!!! When they are able to take our guns away from us they can BY FORCE take us over and do ANYTHING THEY WANT TO DO TO US!! WAKE THE HELL UP PEOPLE! This VERY SAME PROCESS has been done MANY TIMES IN HISTORY to take over FREE nations by COMMUNIST!
Erik Mathis July 28, 2012 at 05:20 AM
Please go back to 1950, or wake up and realize your rights were stripped away WAY before Obama was in office. Your rhetoric sounds so familiar tho... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McCarthyism

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