Six decades of executive privilege

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder answers questions while testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill June 12, 2012 in Washington, DC. Holder faced questions from senators about the ongoing Operation Fast and Furious investigation, his decision to ordered two federal prosecutors to begin criminal investigations into a series of national security leaks to the news media and other subjects.

Darrell Issa and his oversight committee are blatantly trying to get Attorney General Eric Holder fired.

Some people are suggesting that the committee’s underlying reason for this unprecedented attack on the AG is about gun control.  There is a far-fetched conspiracy theory that Issa, et al have concocted in which many people (especially Fox news viewers) believe Holder and President Obama are underhandedly trying to take away their guns.

On the other hand, and I subscribe to this theory: Others believe that Issa et al are going after AG Holder  for…

  • Blocking voter suppression laws
  • Challenging anti-immigration laws
  • Refusing to defend the Defense of Marriage Act

This is all about making Obama look bad in an election year.  in my opinion, it’s also about them truly being upset that the Justice Department is blocking their attempts to steal the election…plain and simple.

Meanwhile President Obama had enough of the showboating and utter disrespect for the Attorney General’s office and stature.  That’s one of the reasons why he implemented executive privilege over Issa’s request for more documents (although Holder submitted 7000 documents to Issa’s committee over the last few months.) Some of the remaining  documents were too sensitive to release.

The Washington Post

Most presidents have used executive privilege for reasons similar to President Obama’s: to keep officials or documents from revealing sensitive information, often to Congress. Read related article.

Most presidents have used executive privilege for reasons similar to President Obama’s: to keep officials or documents from revealing sensitive information, often to Congress. A look at six decades of executive privilege.

Politico’s: The week in one-liners: Rove, Pelosi, Reid

Karl Rove, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid are shown. | AP Photos


The top quotes in politics …

“In Washington, D.C., a gaffe is when you tell the truth.” — Vice President Joe Biden imparting some wisdom.

“That’s a clown question, bro.” — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid quoting baseball player Bryce Harper.

“It’s pretty much a flat ‘no.’” — Former Sen. Rick Santorum on whether he’d serve in a Romney administration.

“I’d give him an A for strangeness.” — Former Florida GOP chairman Tom Slade evaluating  Florida Gov. Rick Scott.

“I think the people have gotten dumber.” — New York Rep. Gary Ackerman describing what’s changed since he arrived in Congress.

“I could have arrested Karl Rove on any given day.” — House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on sparing George W. Bush’s former adviser.

“She sounds a little bit like Inspector Clouseau.” — Karl Rove  firing back at Pelosi.

“We prefer brothers, but some people call us boys, whatever.” — Josh Romney on how he and his brothers like to be identified.

West Wing Week: 06/22/12 or “Dreamers”

The White House

This week, the President talks about an important policy change on immigration that more closely aligns our policy with our values, and traveled to the Group of 20 Summit in Los Cabos, Mexico, to work toward stabilization of the global economy.