Obama Executive Privilege Exerted Over Fast And Furious Documents

Source: The Huffington Post

President Barack Obama has exerted executive privilege in reference to requests made by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, who has embarked on a controversial investigation into the Department of Justice’s Operation Fast and Furious gun-walking program.

Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole addressed Issa in a letter on Wednesday morning.

“We regret that we have arrived at this point, after the many steps we have taken to address the Committee’s concerns and to accommodate the Committee’s legitimate oversight interests regarding Operation Fast and Furious,” he wrote. “Although we are deeply disappointed that the Committee appears intent on proceeding with a contempt vote, the Department remains willing to work with the Committee to reach a mutually satisfactory resolution of the outstanding issues.”

Attorney General Eric Holder, who had met with Issa the day before in an attempt to find an agreement on how many and which documents related to the Fast and Furious program he would turn over, had formally written Obama requesting that he exercise executive privilege. A copy of that letter is below:

AG letter

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