June 20, 2012 Arlington VA
So much for Obama administration transparency
The House Oversight Comittee chaired by Rep. Issa (R-CA) held the Attorney General of the United States, Eric Holder, in Contempt today, in a rapid escalation of events following his request to Obama to invoke executive privilege in the "Fast & Furious" investigation.
Obama had promised gtransparency in his administion, saying, in 2007 twice in interviews with CNN. "You know, there's been a tendency on the part of this administration (G. W. Bush) to — to try to hide behind executive privilege every time there's something a little shaky that's taking place," then-Sen. Obama also said in an interview with Larry King. In the second interview, Obama said that "the issue of executive power and executive privilege is one that is subject to abuse, and in an Obama presidency what you will see will be a sufficient respect for law and co-equal branches of government."
Of course, now that he is President, the cards have changed. After the Republican national Committee came out with a press release this afternoon, reminding him of his pledge, the Presdient's spokesman Dan Pfeiffer, replied, "The problem of gun-walking was a field-driven tactic that dated back to the previous administration, and it was this administration's attorney general who ended it," Pfeiffer said.
"In fact, the Justice Department has spent the past 14 months accommodating Congressional investigators, producing 7,600 pages of documents and testifying at 11 Congressional hearings. Yet, Republicans insist on moving forward with an effort that Republicans and objective legal experts have noted is purely political." What Pfeiffer left out was any discussion of the over 80,000 documents being reviewed by the Justice Inspector General, who has been assigned the task of investigating the events. The committee calls it needed oversight, and the Democrats call it politically motivated.
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