Political Headlines June 20, 2012: President Barack Obama Invokes Executive Privilege Over Fast and Furious Documents in Attempt to Stall Atoorney General Eric Holder Contempt of Congress Vote

POLITICAL HEADLINES

OBAMA PRESIDENCY & THE 112TH CONGRESS:

THE HEADLINES….

IN FOCUS: PRESIDENT OBAMA INVOKES EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE OVER FAST AND FURIOUS DOCUMENTS IN ATTEMPT TO STALL HOLDER CONTEMPT VOTE

  • White House Invokes Executive Privilege on ‘Fast and Furious’ Docs: The White House has invoked executive privilege over documents at the center of the stand-off between Attorney General Eric Holder and Rep. Darrell Issa, the Republican chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee investigating the Justice Department’s “Fast and Furious” program.
    “The President has asserted executive privilege over the relevant post-February 4, 2011, documents,” deputy attorney general James Cole wrote Issa this 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.”
    The move comes ahead of an expected committee vote on whether to put Holder in contempt of Congress for refusing to turn over the documents. It is the first time President Obama has asserted executive privilege in a dispute with Congress…. – ABC News Radio, 6-20-12
  • President Asserts Executive Privilege in Bid to Forestall Contempt Vote: President Obama on Wednesday invoked executive privilege to withhold from a Congressional oversight committee some documents and communications among his advisers regarding the failed gun enforcement operation known as “Fast and Furious”…. – NYT, 6-20-12
  • Obama invokes executive privilege to protect Eric Holder: Can he do that?: Just minutes before Congress began preparing a contempt vote against Eric Holder, Obama raised the stakes in the long-running conflict over the botched ‘Fast and Furious’ gun-walking affair by claiming executive privilege to keep tens of thousands of emails secret….. – CS Monitor, 6-20-12
  • Obama exerts executive privilege over Fast and Furious documents: President Obama asserted executive privilege over documents related to the “Fast and Furious” operation Wednesday as a House panel moved to hold Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. in contempt after he failed to hand over the documents related to a congressional inquiry into the scandal…. – WaPo, 6-20-12
  • Obama Asserts Executive Privilege in Gun-Trafficking Rift: President Barack Obama asserted executive privilege for the first time Wednesday, escalating a fight with congressional Republicans over documents about a gun-trafficking probe. The White House asserted executive privilege over…. – WSJ, 6-20-12
  • Obama invokes executive privilege over Fast and Furious documents: President Obama asserted executive privilege Wednesday over contested documents in the Fast and Furious scandal…. – LAT, 6-20-12
  • Obama invokes executive privilege to stall Holder contempt vote: In a mounting confrontation with congressional Republicans, President Barack Obama invoked executive privilege Wednesday to withhold documents a House committee is seeking. The panel neared a vote on citing Attorney General Eric Holder for…. – NY Daily News, 6-20-12
  • What happens if panel cites Holder for contempt?: The House Oversight Committee is considering a contempt measure against Attorney General Eric Holder over documents sought by the panel investigating the botched gun-running sting called Operation Fast and Furious… – CNN, 6-20-12
  • Issa pushes ahead with Holder contempt vote despite Obama intervention: Rep. Darrell Issa pressed ahead with a committee vote Wednesday to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress, despite an eleventh-hour move by President Obama to exert executive privilege over the Fast and Furious documents at the heart…. – Fox News, 6-20-12
  • Likelihood of contempt vote against Holder rises: A House committee is poised to vote on whether to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for failing to turn over more Justice Department documents on a flawed gun-smuggling probe that resulted in hundreds of guns illicitly purchased in Arizona gun shops winding up in Mexico….. – AP, 6-20-12
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