Video: Obama not a big fan of executive privilege in 2007

posted at 11:21 am on June 20, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

With Barack Obama asserting executive privilege for the first time over Department of Justice documents related to Operation Fast & Furious, perhaps a historic look at his views on the legal maneuver are in order. When a few political appointees get fired — which is perfectly within the prerogative of a President — and the 2007 version of Barack Obama rejects its use entirely. When two American law-enforcement officers get killed, along with hundreds of Mexicans, by guns run across the border in an illegal operation at the Department of Justice? Not so much:

CNN’S LARRY KING: Do you favor executive privilege or should Karl Rove and others in that like position be forced to testify before the House or Senate?

OBAMA: Well, you know, I think we’ll — we’ll determine over the next several weeks how this administration responds to the very appropriate call by Patrick Leahy, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, to have these individuals come in and testify. You know, there’s been a tendency on the part of this administration to — to try to hide behind executive privilege every time there’s something a little shaky that’s taking place. And I think, you know, the administration would be best served by coming clean on this. There doesn’t seem to be any national security issues involved with the U.S. attorney question. There doesn’t seem to be any justification for not offering up some clear, plausible rationale for why these — these U.S. attorneys were targeted when, by all assessments, they were doing an outstanding job. I think the American people deserve to know what was going on there.

The assertion of executive privilege creates a huge problem for the White House.  As Rep. Darrell Issa said today at the Fast & Furious hearing, Attorney General Eric Holder and other DoJ officials have repeatedly asserted that the White House and President Obama had no involvement or knowledge of the gun-running operation.  If that was true, then executive privilege cannot apply.  That only relates to the President, as that office is separately elected and accountable to the voters.  Attorneys General answer to both the President and to Congress, and do not have executive privilege.

In other words, this could very well be analogous to the Watergate scandal.  One has to wonder what those documents contain that would force the Obama administration to risk this kind of scandal by first refusing to comply with the subpoenas and then issuing a de facto admission that Obama himself was involved in the operation and/or its aftermath.  The next venue for this scandal will be the federal courts, which is going to take a very dim view of executive privilege assertions to keep Congress from exercising its normal oversight functions for a federal agency rather than the White House itself.  The assertion of the privilege at this point could open Holder and others to charges of perjury and obstruction of justice, not just contempt of Congress, once those documents get released — and they almost certainly will by the courts, if not before.

Addendum: Gabriel Malor has the nuts and bolts of contempt of Congress proceedings.  Read up on it and bookmark it.  We’ll need it as a reference more than once.


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Against it before he was for it?

Laura in Maryland on June 20, 2012 at 11:24 AM

It’s sounds like the Kerry defense…

Hillary for Democratic nomination in 2012?

Oil Can on June 20, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Against it before he was for it?

Laura in Maryland on June 20, 2012 at 11:24 AM

A running theme for Democrats.

Bitter Clinger on June 20, 2012 at 11:25 AM

He’s “evolved” on the matter.

VinceOfDoom on June 20, 2012 at 11:26 AM

NEWSFLASH:

Commie libs are AGAINST things when it’s to their advantage to be.

Commie libs are FOR things when it’s their advantage to be.

Even if it’s something they were AGAINST 5 minutes ago.

wildcat72 on June 20, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Big surprise … ANd who cares what the idiot thinks of anything, anyway? He’s an idiot. A fool. A stupid, retarded piece of sh!t. He doesn’t know jack about anything.

But he is a liar. Big surprise!! Oooooh. The idiot lies … again and again and again …

Barky, the America-hating Retard from Indonesia has been pulling this same sh!t since before the election. But, America and a cowardly GOP has let him get away with it every time … lest they be called names for possibly objecting to the lies and AMerica-hate of an affirmative action selection.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 20, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Let’s not forget that 2 of the first uses of EP by Chimpy Bush were to protect

1. Democrat former AG Janet Reno

2. Democrat former President Bill Clinton

Of course, the Democrat Media will only “report” on the more “sinister” use by Bush of EP to protect Darth Cheney.

Del Dolemonte on June 20, 2012 at 11:28 AM

3 “you know’s” in just a few sentences…and the —’s which I guess represent Uhhhh’s. Great orator indeed. Even before His Coronation.

Dingbat63 on June 20, 2012 at 11:29 AM

I need to make another popcorn run.

aunursa on June 20, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Not Barry’s wisest move….as the video demonstrates.

a capella on June 20, 2012 at 11:29 AM

BO is willing to risk it because he assumes his media allies will allow it and won’t report it beyond a cursory mention. I think he likely correct in his assumption.

Rightyismighty on June 20, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Barack is evolving rather quickly on a number of issues.

Fascinating.

Hill60 on June 20, 2012 at 11:30 AM

I’m against Executive Privilage!!!!
Unless I can use it to cover up my own corruption and treason.

Barry Hussein Soetoro Obamadinijad Kardashian

Robert Jensen on June 20, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Change.

visions on June 20, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Video: Obama not a big fan of executive privilege in 2007

Which is why Mitt Romney needs to stay on the economy and jobs themes and not get roped into discussing his views on EP. There is no up side if President Romney ends up invoking the same privilege. Leave it to an appreciation that our system of government includes such checks and balances and then get back on talking about what a failure Obama has been since January 2009.

Happy Nomad on June 20, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Barky, the America-hating Retard from Indonesia has been pulling this same sh!t since before the election. But, America and a cowardly GOP has let him get away with it every time … lest they be called names for possibly objecting to the lies and AMerica-hate of an affirmative action selection.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 20, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Look on the bright side: This isn’t going to play well. Obama made a mistake resorting to this. Unless the evidence they are hiding is SO DAMMING that it would lead not to impeachment, but Obama, Holder, Napolitano, etc all being frog marched to the nearest Federal holding facility pending trial for conspiracy to commit MURDER.

Also, this is going to force the LSM to explain Fast and Furious.

wildcat72 on June 20, 2012 at 11:30 AM

But bush…election year ploy
-dems lsm

cmsinaz on June 20, 2012 at 11:30 AM

But…but…”gunwalking” NEVER occurred. And the White House was NEVER involved!

Right? Didn’t ‘the most transparent administration, evah!’ tell us that?

GarandFan on June 20, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Which is why Mitt Romney needs to stay on the economy and jobs themes and not get roped into discussing his views on EP. There is no up side if President Romney ends up invoking the same privilege. Leave it to an appreciation that our system of government includes such checks and balances and then get back on talking about what a failure Obama has been since January 2009.

Happy Nomad on June 20, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Let Issa attack Fast and Furious. Romney needs to not deviate from “it’s the ECONOMY, stupid.”.

wildcat72 on June 20, 2012 at 11:31 AM

November 2012-Jan 2013 is going to be a dangerous time for our country.

a capella on June 20, 2012 at 11:32 AM

There must be a lot of bugs under that rock.

hoosiermama on June 20, 2012 at 11:32 AM

I think this will be the nail in barack’s coffin. Even many dems I know think that he went too far.

Good bye, barack, good bye.

DuctTapeMyBrain on June 20, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Executive Order so that Michelle can keep her BFF Valerie Jarrett around.

John the Libertarian on June 20, 2012 at 11:33 AM

I like what Senator Grassley said- how can he claim EP for something he hasn’t even seen!?

ArtVandelay on June 20, 2012 at 11:33 AM

The White House must be in full panic mode right now, either Holder lied or Obama was directly involved with Fast and Furious, either way this is nothing more than a desperate stall tactic. Even the media might be a little curious now to know what is in these documents.

Daemonocracy on June 20, 2012 at 11:33 AM

There must be a lot of bugs under that rock.

hoosiermama on June 20, 2012 at 11:32 AM

I think there are probably more snakes…

rcpjr on June 20, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Let Issa attack Fast and Furious. Romney needs to not deviate from “it’s the ECONOMY, stupid.”.

wildcat72 on June 20, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Exactly! This is a fight between Congress and the Executive Branch. Mitt is a member of neither so he should stay out of the fight.

Happy Nomad on June 20, 2012 at 11:34 AM

obama must be impeached.

Pork-Chop on June 20, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Interesting post from the HA Headline thread:

Heh, in the comments below the WaPo article on the subject, our old banned Hot Air ‘buddy’ Getalife is busy defending 0bama and attacking GWB.

He gets no more respect from the liberal WaPo crowd than he did here.

LegendHasIt on June 20, 2012 at 11:02 AM

The Adults are in charge!

Del Dolemonte on June 20, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Let Issa attack Fast and Furious. Romney needs to not deviate from “it’s the ECONOMY, stupid.”.

wildcat72 on June 20, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Yes, if your opponent is committing suicide, do and say nothing.

Daemonocracy on June 20, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Agree wildcat and happy nomad

cmsinaz on June 20, 2012 at 11:36 AM

I like what Senator Grassley said- how can he claim EP for something he hasn’t even seen!?

ArtVandelay on June 20, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Yep. The concept is simple and easy to understand. Your average voter is going to understand it. Which may stimulate many to go back and get educated on the whole F&F kerfuffle. Barry stepped in a bear trap.

a capella on June 20, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Let Issa attack Fast and Furious. Romney needs to not deviate from “it’s the ECONOMY, stupid.”.

wildcat72 on June 20, 2012 at 11:31 AM

It’s not the economy. It’s America hanging by the thinnest of threads. I would think that this is something a Presidential race would want to address …

I can’t believe what I’m hearing.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 20, 2012 at 11:37 AM

I think this will be the nail in barack’s coffin. Even many dems I know think that he went too far.

Good bye, barack, good bye.

DuctTapeMyBrain on June 20, 2012 at 11:33 AM

I want President Romney to release ALL the crap from the Obama Regime (such as this) once he’s in office. There is so much there that the democrat party might be so discredited as to go into receivership.

wildcat72 on June 20, 2012 at 11:37 AM

The next venue for this scandal will be the federal courts, which is going to take a very dim view of executive privilege assertions to keep Congress from exercising its normal oversight functions for a federal agency rather than the White House itself. The assertion of the privilege at this point could open Holder and others to charges of perjury and obstruction of justice, not just contempt of Congress, once those documents get released — and they almost certainly will by the courts, if not before.

So how soon would this get into a federal court?

If Barry wins in 2012 (please God, no) then this will follow him into his next term – but if Barry isn’t reelected, will the perjury and obstruction charges still be sought?

Hill60 on June 20, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Yep. The concept is simple and easy to understand. Your average voter is going to understand it. Which may stimulate many to go back and get educated on the whole F&F kerfuffle. Barry stepped in a bear trap.

a capella on June 20, 2012 at 11:37 AM

And the LSM isn’t going to be able to avoid it anymore.

Or they can try to and go down with Barry.

wildcat72 on June 20, 2012 at 11:38 AM

The White House must be in full panic mode right now, either Holder lied or Obama was directly involved with Fast and Furious, either way this is nothing more than a desperate stall tactic. Even the media might be a little curious now to know what is in these documents.

Daemonocracy on June 20, 2012 at 11:33 AM

I’m convinced it is a string of discussion as to how they were going to use this to tighten up the laws concerning gun ownership (i.e. the 2nd Amendment). Thousands of guns left DoJ possession and were allowed to go (untracked) to Mexicn drug cartels. The whole purpose of this was so that Obama could then cite increases in guns being smuggled to Mexico to restrict gun ownership in the United States. These are political strategies which undoubtedly would have been discussed by people in the White House.

In short, I think there is a paper trail showing a sitting US President was plotting against, not defending, the United States Constitution.

Happy Nomad on June 20, 2012 at 11:38 AM

When Romney wins, Obama will issue an EO cancelling the election results.

John the Libertarian on June 20, 2012 at 11:39 AM

Ah, the old he was against it before he was for it as in when he found out it might be the only thing that could save his thin-skinned smarmy lyin’ backside then he had to invoke it. I gotta admit, he’s starting to become very transparent in some ways.

stukinIL4now on June 20, 2012 at 11:39 AM

Mitt will have to change hs speech just a tad now from requesting Obama tell Holdr to comply to

“well, folks, you remember we have to pass it to find out whats in it? Now I guess we will have to vote them out of office to find out who did it!”

Nothing good happens in the dark, but this administration sure looks like they prefer to keep us there!”

Maybe give his speech in ElPaso, SanDeigo, Tuscon, and Miami.

ConcealedKerry on June 20, 2012 at 11:40 AM

I don’t know for the life of me why they only talk about Terry’s death and not all the hundreds or possibly thousands from those guns in mexico that have killed people there?

As far as I am concerned, bho/holder/dear sis/hill are guilty as can be knee deep in this? All those I just named might just have their names on the information that they refuse to give Issa and Grassley?

Crooked and corrupt are about the nicest things I have to say about bho/team.
L

letget on June 20, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Obama has revealed himself as such an Amateur Clown.

Nothing that comes out of his mouth is taken seriously.

The Liberal Savior …..
…………..what a joke.

Baxter Greene on June 20, 2012 at 11:41 AM

This story is going to fester and fester to the point the MSM cannot ignore it.

rbj on June 20, 2012 at 11:41 AM

When you transcribe these, can you include the uhs, ums, and stuttering? Inclusion would be important for the historical record of the smartest man to ever hold the office.

bearpaw on June 20, 2012 at 11:41 AM

The other big problem for Holder might be that these documents refer to previous discussions, and previous documents, that would cause the whole paper trail and chain of events to be exposed. Worst of all (for Holder) would be if their prime motive (to limit American Second Amendment rights) would be exposed.

RBMN on June 20, 2012 at 11:41 AM

And the LSM isn’t going to be able to avoid it anymore.

Or they can try to and go down with Barry.

wildcat72 on June 20, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Why do visions of Jim Jones and the People’s Temple come to mind? MSM is going to drink the Kool-Aid and go out with their leader.

There is some irony. 40 years ago this week the MSM started reporting on the Watergate break-ins and the subsequent cover up. This week the MSM is actually knowingly covering up for the President.

Happy Nomad on June 20, 2012 at 11:42 AM

I’m coming in late to all this, so excuse me if this is a stupid question- Is there still going to be a contempt vote today?

BettyRuth on June 20, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Well, He needed to change the narative in the US anout gun control. After all we can’t have people clinging to the Bibles and guns. That might stall the steady march toward serfdom. First demonize guns and gun owners then demonize the church then destroy the family. Anyone who disagrees gets a train ticket to the Gulag.

Kuffar on June 20, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Action News Alert: Burglar caught burglarizing is against laws that would punish burglars.

Bishop on June 20, 2012 at 11:42 AM

The whole purpose of this was so that Obama could then cite increases in guns being smuggled to Mexico to restrict gun ownership in the United States. These are political strategies which undoubtedly would have been discussed by people in the White House.

In short, I think there is a paper trail showing a sitting US President was plotting against, not defending, the United States Constitution.

Happy Nomad on June 20, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Don’t forget the part Hillary and the State Dept. played in the runup. She is in this up to her eyebrows.

a capella on June 20, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Holder and other DoJ officials have repeatedly asserted that the White House and President Obama had no involvement or knowledge of the gun-running operation. If that was true, then executive privilege cannot apply.

So the first question for Holder is: were you lying then . . . or are you lying now?

My guess is Holder was lying then, when he testified Barry had no knowledge or involvement in the operation. This idiotic gun-running plan was probably what Barry was talking about when he assured that woman from the Brady anti-gun group that his administration was working on some “under the radar” gun control measures.

Guess what, Barry? Your scheme is not under the radar any more!

AZCoyote on June 20, 2012 at 11:43 AM

I think the American people deserve to know what was going on there.

…unless it’s my a$$ in the fire….

Then it’s Cover -up all the time baby…..
………….it’s what’s for breakfast.

Baxter Greene on June 20, 2012 at 11:43 AM

And let’s face it, “Burglar” is sort of a funny word. Try saying it a few times and you’ll see what I mean.

Bishop on June 20, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Executive Order so that Michelle can keep her BFF Valerie Jarrett around.

John the Libertarian on June 20, 2012 at 11:33 AM

are you telling me there are TWO homosexuals in the white house?!? OH MY GOD!!!!!!!!!!

GhoulAid on June 20, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Here is my question: What was the end game for this scheme?

Bark and his crew wanted to subvert the 2nd Amendment and this was all hatched when they thought the 2012 election was in the bag…but why, what did he have planned?

This is creepy stuff.

Bishop on June 20, 2012 at 11:45 AM

Is there still going to be a contempt vote today?

BettyRuth on June 20, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Yes, according to Rep. Issa.

Happy Nomad on June 20, 2012 at 11:46 AM

One has to wonder what those documents contain that would force the Obama administration to risk this kind of scandal by first refusing to comply with the subpoenas and then issuing a de facto admission that Obama himself was involved in the operation and/or its aftermath.

ouch.

Popcorn stocks on the rise.

ted c on June 20, 2012 at 11:46 AM

Just to remind folks – it been well over a year [March 22, 2011] since Barack Hussein ‘Downgrade’ Kardashian promised that:

“we’ll find out and well hold somebody accountable,”

Obama on “gunwalking”: Serious mistake may have been made

Obama on “gunwalking” – “Serious mistakes” may have been made

Chip on June 20, 2012 at 11:47 AM

Which troll was it that told us we make up good names for non-scandals?

gwelf on June 20, 2012 at 11:47 AM

Smartest thing Boehner could do now, if the Committee votes to hold Holder in contempt, would be to bring it before the House and vote on it. Presumably the House votes Holder to be held in contempt and refers the case to DOJ.

Acting swiftly has the effect of a hammer blow against the Administration.

It gets the actual case into the news instead of the back-room dealings of the House leadership to hold or not hold a vote, lining up votes for or against.

It gets it out of the way early enough in the summer that attention reverts back to Romney and the economy well before the conventions and campaigning begins in final deadly earnest.

But this is Boehner… sigh…

de rigueur on June 20, 2012 at 11:49 AM

Let Issa attack Fast and Furious. Romney needs to not deviate from “it’s the ECONOMY, stupid.”.

wildcat72 on June 20, 2012 at 11:31 AM

From your keyboard to the Romney campaign’s ear.

Laura in Maryland on June 20, 2012 at 11:49 AM

commie usurper privilege is different than american executive privilege.

Mr. Sun on June 20, 2012 at 11:49 AM

Hey, where are all the lib trolls? /

Kataklysmic on June 20, 2012 at 11:50 AM

I think a major blip has just shown up on Sarah Bradys’ radar screen.

antipc on June 20, 2012 at 11:50 AM

The hypocrit-in-chief strikes again.
Since Obummer now claims, by this move, to actually be involved in F&F – I hope Issa and others are smart enough (and have the guts) to pursue that revelation.
Could we be watching the start of Obummer’s own Watergate? There’s something to HOPE for.

dentarthurdent on June 20, 2012 at 11:52 AM

Here is my question: What was the end game for this scheme?

Bark and his crew wanted to subvert the 2nd Amendment and this was all hatched when they thought the 2012 election was in the bag…but why, what did he have planned?

This is creepy stuff.

Bishop on June 20, 2012 at 11:45 AM

They already telegraphed Texted that – implement gun registration in a few states for some weapons – soon to be expanded to all 57 States and all guns.

To be followed by controls on sales and eventually Confiscation.

Chip on June 20, 2012 at 11:52 AM

The assertion of executive privilege creates a huge problem for the White House. As Rep. Darrell Issa said today at the Fast & Furious hearing, Attorney General Eric Holder and other DoJ officials have repeatedly asserted that the White House and President Obama had no involvement or knowledge of the gun-running operation. If that was true, then executive privilege cannot apply. That only relates to the President, as that office is separately elected and accountable to the voters. Attorneys General answer to both the President and to Congress, and do not have executive privilege.

…well gee-wiz…I’ve been looking at all my papers…and listening to the news…and haven’t heard this!…and my friends want to know why I don’t just read USA Today…thanks Ed!

KOOLAID2 on June 20, 2012 at 11:53 AM

Yes, according to Rep. Issa.

Happy Nomad on June 20, 2012 at 11:46 AM

Thanks- There needs to be an unspoken pact amongst all Republicans that this needs to be brought up on whatever network and in whatever form of interview is being given today. Force the alphabet networks to acknowledge this scandal.

BettyRuth on June 20, 2012 at 11:54 AM

When a few political appointees get fired — which is perfectly within the prerogative of a President — and the 2007 version of Barack Obama rejects its use entirely. When two American law-enforcement officers get killed, along with hundreds of Mexicans, by guns run across the border in an illegal operation at the Department of Justice? Not so much:

Getting fired: Big deal!*

Getting fired upon: Not a big deal.

*Or, as the Vice President would say, “Big f______ deal!”

itsnotaboutme on June 20, 2012 at 11:54 AM

Which troll was it that told us we make up good names for non-scandals?
gwelf on June 20, 2012 at 11:47 AM

Crr6

jawkneemusic on June 20, 2012 at 11:55 AM

I need to make another popcorn run.

aunursa on June 20, 2012 at 11:29 AM

I’ll have a 32 oz coke with mine…..
(since I don’t live in NY)

dentarthurdent on June 20, 2012 at 11:55 AM

TIME TO IMPEACH THE RACIST PREZ

ARIZONAVETERAN on June 20, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Chip on June 20, 2012 at 11:52 AM

Yeah but why? You know, why, what did they have planned once everything had been subverted and confiscated. You don’t piss off 125 million gun owners unless there is a prize waiting somewhere down the road.

Bishop on June 20, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Is there a single stand he has taken in his term in office (debt ceiling, filibusters, executive priviledge, etc.) that there isn’t a video of him directly saying the exact opposite when he was criticizing Bush?

This guy is really pathetic.

Scrappy on June 20, 2012 at 11:59 AM

Here is my question: What was the end game for this scheme?

Bark and his crew wanted to subvert the 2nd Amendment and this was all hatched when they thought the 2012 election was in the bag…but why, what did he have planned?

This is creepy stuff.

Bishop on June 20, 2012 at 11:45 AM

I remember hearing plenty of media reports about how the escalated gun violence in Mexico was directly linked to guns coming from America, some reports used figures as high as 80-90% of the guns were from America and it was clear the next media meme was going to be a call for stricter gun control laws here in the states as a result. Then an American border agent was murdered and the GOP took control of the House.

I don’t know what is in these documents, it could be a liberal Democrat President, in an effort to look tough, supported an asinine gun running plan to take out the cartels which backfired badly, but a conspiracy to tighten gun control is more plausible than ever.

Daemonocracy on June 20, 2012 at 11:59 AM

Obama’s speech yesterday shows he’s already losing it, now he uses EP for something he knows nothing about……… It’s about to get really hot inside the whitehouse………..

angrymike on June 20, 2012 at 11:59 AM

There’s something very big in those documents. They need to keep the pressure on and not give an inch all the way to a grand jury.

rplat on June 20, 2012 at 11:59 AM

But this is Boehner… sigh…

de rigueur on June 20, 2012 at 11:49 AM

Ya – unfortunately, I can already see his eyes watering up at just the thought of such a decision.

dentarthurdent on June 20, 2012 at 12:00 PM

You’ve come a long way, baby!

MJBrutus on June 20, 2012 at 12:01 PM

This story is going to fester and fester to the point the MSM cannot ignore it.

rbj on June 20, 2012 at 11:41 AM

I just saw a Congressman from Florida (Mica) tell an MSNBC talking head that MSNBC’s WH reporter was an apologist for the Obama administration. The talking head was trying to make the point that 7,600 documents had been released. Mica fired back that 100,000 had been requested and that the 7,600 represented only a “selective distribution” of those requested. The talking head got quite huffy when Mica called into question the reporter’s integrity. So Mica rephrased the statement, but called the reporter an apologist again.

In the end, MSNBC will go down with the Obama-Titanic. But I caught a snippet of CNN, and from what I saw they seem to be taking this seriously. CNN certainly trends left, but this story involves an unexplained death and a shady program. I think CNN is going to jump into this and finally devote some resources. We’ll see.

BuckeyeSam on June 20, 2012 at 12:02 PM

Is there a single stand he has taken in his term in office (debt ceiling, filibusters, executive priviledge, etc.) that there isn’t a video of him directly saying the exact opposite when he was criticizing Bush?

This guy is really pathetic.

Scrappy on June 20, 2012 at 11:59 AM

I think you’re exactly right on that point.
But then for the hypocrit-in-chief, any way HE wants to wield his power is ok – since he’s the omnipotent benevolent king – even if the same thing by a Republican was cause for war crimes charges.

dentarthurdent on June 20, 2012 at 12:04 PM

B… but I thought this was an administration without scandal! Jay Leno and John Stewart told me so!

crazy_legs on June 20, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Which troll was it that told us we make up good names for non-scandals?

gwelf on June 20, 2012 at 11:47 AM

Crr6

jawkneemusic on June 20, 2012 at 11:55 AM

My pleasure

I have no idea, but I do know that you guys come up with really cool names for your fake scandals.

crr6 on July 10, 2011 at 1:24 PM

Del Dolemonte on June 20, 2012 at 12:05 PM

I don’t know what is in these documents, it could be a liberal Democrat President, in an effort to look tough, supported an asinine gun running plan to take out the cartels which backfired badly, but a conspiracy to tighten gun control is more plausible than ever.

Daemonocracy on June 20, 2012 at 11:59 AM

Have you listened to coverage of Trayvon Martin’s mother? She wants “Stand Your Ground Law” reviewed and amended. There is video somewhere she’s talking about how they had or have a gun in the house, she’s not for gun control or anything but she wants the State of Florida to do something about this “Law”.

Dr Evil on June 20, 2012 at 12:05 PM

There’s something very big in those documents. They need to keep the pressure on and not give an inch all the way to a grand jury.

rplat on June 20, 2012 at 11:59 AM

Yeah, Obama had playing cards of the owners of the stores selling the guns, and he personally chose the stores to sell the guns and the circumstances under which sales would be made.

BuckeyeSam on June 20, 2012 at 12:05 PM

A) Obowma
B) Holder
C) Executive Privilege
D) Prior Testimony
E) Egg
F) Face
G) Watergate

(Some assembly required)

Seven Percent Solution on June 20, 2012 at 12:06 PM

This might include the whole Dem hierarchy, Bammy, Holder, Clinton and big sis………
Wow, talk about having to rebuild…………. I’m gonna have to buy popcorn in bulk…………;)

angrymike on June 20, 2012 at 12:06 PM

In a sane world, there would be no way that this move would work out well for the Prezzy; as others have pointed out, how can he claim privilege for documents he previously said he hadn’t seen and didn’t know anything about? That inconsistency (LIE) alone would be sufficient to torpedo any Republican. In the insane world defined by the Prezzy’s toadies in the media, chances are good that they’ll spin this in some way to have this backfire on the Republicans. Note, though, I think Issa and Grassley should proceed full speed ahead regardless.

natasha333 on June 20, 2012 at 12:08 PM

RightScoop has a 3 live feeds linked, I’m playing all three at once – hilarious.

including CNN and CBS.

MontanaMmmm on June 20, 2012 at 12:08 PM

I’m gonna have to buy popcorn in bulk…………;)

angrymike on June 20, 2012 at 12:06 PM

And bulk quantities of Coke to wash it down – NY and Bloomingidiot be dammed.

dentarthurdent on June 20, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Is it now starting to dawn on the National Socialist Left that Barack Hussein ‘Downgrade’ Kardashian could be impeached?

That even if he can buy his way back into the Oval orifice, he could easily be removed?

Chip on June 20, 2012 at 12:11 PM

I want President Romney to release ALL the crap from the Obama Regime (such as this) once he’s in office. There is so much there that the democrat party might be so discredited as to go into receivership.

wildcat72 on June 20, 2012 at 11:37 AM

If any of the documents still exist by then, that is. And judging from the desperation they are showing now, I would bet they will do everything they can to be sure that they won’t exist much longer.

Is Fawn Hall still on the government payroll? Time for a shredding party!

iurockhead on June 20, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Seriously, how can DOJ request executive privilege when we’ve been told over and over that the White House had nothing to do with F&F?

Vote for contempt in the committee, vote for it in the House, convene a grand jury, get an indictment, and let’s get Holder on trial. I’d be glad to go into the fall with the GOP asking independents why the Obama administration won’t explain the death of an ATF agent.

Political? Bullshite! I’d be even more ticked off if this had occurred in a GOP administration, because I wouldn’t expect them to be so stupid, dishonest, and callous.

BuckeyeSam on June 20, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Chip on June 20, 2012 at 11:47 AM

People were fired within days of the GSA and Secret Service scandals breaking. 16 months after Congress started looking into F&F and who has been fired for letting this program get out of hand?

Bottom line, this was an end run to set up Obama to take on the 2nd Amendment.

Happy Nomad on June 20, 2012 at 12:16 PM

I guess this is the next distraction for obama instead of the economy

cmsinaz on June 20, 2012 at 12:18 PM

The Kenyan “Wile E. Coyote” has just run off the mile-high cliff. All that’s left to hear is ZOOOooooooom . . . pfff. (Dust cloud rising from canyon floor.)

2-D Barky. Heh.

Congratulations, President Romney. Welcome to the Oval Office.

TheClearRiver on June 20, 2012 at 12:20 PM

This might include the whole Dem hierarchy, Bammy, Holder, Clinton and big sis………

angrymike on June 20, 2012 at 12:06 PM

It’s astonishing to me that Janet Napalitano may have agreed to this idiotic scheme. She was governor of AZ, and she was also a US Attorney here. She knows, better than most, just how bad conditions are here. If she went along with this plan, she had to know that the likelihood of those guns being used to kill either Border Patrol agents, Tucson cops, and/or AZ citizens in southern AZ, was very high.

I get that she may not have worried about Mexican drug criminals using the guns to kill each other, but you’d think she might have cared just a little about the other likely victims.

AZCoyote on June 20, 2012 at 12:24 PM

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