Contempt-a-Palooza: Obama Declares Executive Privilege on Fast & Furious Documents; Update: Committee Votes 23-17 for Contempt Citation

Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit sniffing glue.

Let’s see… Issa’s committee is conducting contempt hearings against Eric Holder as we speak because the A.G. refuses to comply with a subpoena. During all that, President Obama, who had never heard of Fast & Furious and knows nothing about it, invoked executive privilege to protect something he’s totally unfamiliar with from being made public… whatever it is.

Today, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, a woman with an IQ so low that she often trips over it, blamed Bush for the Fast & Furious debacle. If that’s the case, since when does the Obama administration go out of its way to protect Bush?

Speaking of blaming Bush, the Justice Department just retracted a claim Holder made last week that his Bush administration predecessor had been briefed on F & F. In other words, Holder lied to Congress.

This thing stinks to high heaven. Yes, presidents have invoked executive privilege many times, but in this case we’re talking about a program that got a federal agent killed.

As for the reason for the operation itself, if we give Fast & Furious a close shave with Occam’s razor the intent was painfully obvious.

It’s also kind of funny that the White House claimed executive privilege against releasing to Congress material that could help shed light on the murder of Brian Terry, but just yesterday Team Obama demanded that Karl Rove’s PACs release the names on their donor lists in the name of transparency.

Just for kicks, here’s Obama in 2007 criticizing Bush for “hiding behind” executive privilege:

Update: The House Oversight Committee just voted 23-17 to cite Holder with contempt of Congress. Boehner and Cantor announced that the full House will vote on the contempt measure next week.

The family of Brian Terry released a statement, which can be read here.

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