Bad news: Jon Stewart not exactly buying the executive-privilege claim

posted at 12:41 pm on June 22, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Via Katie Pavlich, that’s not the only bad news here for Eric Holder and Barack Obama. Not only does Jon Stewart tell an audience inclined towards supporting Obama in November exactly why Operation Fast and Furious was so important to investigate, he also explains that the Obama administration has been refusing to cooperate with subpoenas, giving false information to Congress, and generally stalling for the last several months. On top of that, Stewart then skewers the same Democrats who blasted George Bush in 2007 for hypocrisy in defending Obama’s executive privilege claim in 2012. That’s a hell of a lot more information than NBC provided its viewers this week, that’s for sure:

Stewart then argues that Democrats can’t identify a difference between the two situations:

Actually, there is a key difference … but it doesn’t help Democrats. The issue in 2007 involved the use of non-delegable executive authority specifically granted under Article II to make political appointments — in the event, those of US Attorneys, who like all other political appointees serve at will at the pleasure of the President. As courts have ruled in Nixon and Espy, executive privilege applies in the exercise of non-delegable Article II powers as part of the separation of powers in the government. Operation Fast and Furious was conducted by a federal agency under powers delegated to the DoJ that are shared between Congress and the President. Furthermore, the subpoenas in this case relate to official misconduct and lawbreaking — not just the gunrunning but also false testimony before Congress. Presidents cannot claim executive privilege to shield documents in those circumstances, as Espy explicitly states.

The White House spin isn’t working. Even Jon Stewart ridiculed it. Maybe NBC might consider following Stewart’s lead and report honestly on the story now.

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He’ll still vote for him.

Knott Buyinit on June 23, 2012 at 9:23 AM

That was most amusing. I wasn’t going to watch it, but it was actually much funnier than I thought it would be.

I also give Stewart credit for “fast and curious”, it was right there the whole time!

Jocon307 on June 23, 2012 at 10:18 AM

YAY!!! Keep promoting these liberal entertainers…that will vote and support Obama!!!

Conservatives whine about the liberal mainstream media…  but when it comes to the majority of conservatives….that’s ALL we do.  Whine.

We still frequent their movies, we still watch their programs, we still buy their music, we still go to their concerts and ‘high traffic’ conservative websites regularly link MSNBC, Jon Stewart, Joy Behar, Bill Maher, etc….  This translates into hard-earned conservative dollars going to promote liberal politics and causes.  This is not debatable.

But Jay Leno and Jon Stewart are SO funny

In this New Digital Age America– where victim-hood is a badge of honor, and belief in God is a sign of an inferior mind that cannot fathom the concept of science — liberalism has gradually been sinking its sharp, poisonous and secular teeth deeper and deeper into our society’s input generators: the news and entertainment media.

And we conservatives grab some popcorn and tune in every day.

BTW…Anyone notice that aside from losing the media, and losing the schools…. we’ve already even been kicked out of our own party?

But we’re the smart ones.

deedtrader on June 23, 2012 at 11:45 AM

This guy Stewart really is annoying to me — despite our enormous ideological differences he keeps making me howl with laughter. If he ever goes free agent I recommend an all out recruitment effort by conservatives. ;-)

DaMav on June 25, 2012 at 9:53 AM