Obama's Executive Privilege Order in Context

Thursday, June 21, 2012

US Attorney General Eric Holder attends a press conference at the US Attorney's Office in New York, January 20, 2011. (Emmanuel Dunand/Getty)

Todd Zwillich, Washington correspondent for The Takeaway, discusses the context and the fallout of President Obama's decision to grant executive privilege to the Justice Department in the Fast and Furious case.

→ Relevant Documents: The Letter to Charles Grassley's Office About Fast and Furious | The Letter From Eric Holder Requesting Executive Privilege | Eric Holder's Letter Informing Congress | The Letter Putting Holder in Contempt

Comments [18]


The United States is becoming completely ungovernable.

Jun. 21 2012 01:44 PM
Leo from Queens

This is all about race. I'm so surprised that there are so many men of wealth and influence who are very troubled by seeing black men in position of power. This is about going after the black men (Holder and Obama)with power in this administration.
Just this weekend I listened to this 'independent editorial' from a NY Democratic leader singling out Obama and Holder for not prosecuting Wall Street executives and asking for a campaign to have all delegates at the Democratic convention this summer to give their votes to Hillary Clinton since she would have done the right thing. No mention of Treasury secretray Geitner (a white man from NY). No mention that the oligarchy and political class in NY has been adamant about not going after Wall street execs because they have been so traumatized by 9/11 and the financial collapse. There was a lot of mention of patriotism and treason. A horrible campaign to deligitimize these well educated, sober, intelligent, patriotic, family men who happen to be black.

Jun. 21 2012 12:12 PM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

"Iran has F-14 Tomcats. "

Soon Iran will have have bunker busters too. ;-)

Jun. 21 2012 10:34 AM
james from nyc

GOP = politicians for hire.

good job doing and dealing nothing..

They must wake up in the morining and say how can we make a buck by making other peoples live harder and shorter.

Jun. 21 2012 10:24 AM

The U.S. has been the largest arms exporter in the world and has been for close to 2 decades. It's no surprise that people get killed by our weapons and that potentially eventually Americans will. I mean, even Iran has F-14 Tomcats.

Maybe that's besides the point, as this wasn't arming warlords and dictators, it was arming criminals on our borders. But seriously, this is how law enforcement goes after the big fish. This is nothing new.

Jun. 21 2012 10:23 AM
Amy from Manhattan

So the gun that was used to kill DEA officer Terry *wasn't* 1 of the ones that was lost track of?

Jun. 21 2012 10:22 AM

...not to mention:

BO has used the 1917 Espionage Act to prosecute more whistleblowers than ALL previous presidents COMBINED!!

"Transparency" my ass.

Jun. 21 2012 10:22 AM
john from office

Issa is barred form the House garage, he was stealing hubcaps!!

Jun. 21 2012 10:21 AM
Amy from Manhattan

Do we know what level were the Justice Dept. officials who wrote the letter that the DoJ then had to rescind?

Jun. 21 2012 10:20 AM

sad segment...its nothing about the issue its about politics.

Jun. 21 2012 10:20 AM
john from office

This is election year politics that will be forgotten after the election. Remember when Rnagel was under investigation and it just went away. The GOP is ful off DO DO on this one.

Jun. 21 2012 10:18 AM



Tim Geithner still has a job!!!

Jun. 21 2012 10:18 AM

Possible scenario... Obama grants executive privilege protection as bait. Republicans focus soley on this until the election. Documents are released a week before the election -- and they show nothing unusual. That would be a big loss for the Republicans.

Jun. 21 2012 10:17 AM


Issa is a CRIMINAL, himself!

A car thief, arsonist with a predilection for illegal firearms:

It's a real f*n Klown CirKus!


Jun. 21 2012 10:15 AM

"the killing of the border guard is mainly an issue on the right"...seriously

It was a BS government program that backfired and they are hiding their concerns to administrations. Go after them both.

Jun. 21 2012 10:13 AM

What about the farm bill? My fellow northeastern tax payers and I will be paying billions to keep the failing red farm state economies going and no one is talking about it.

Jun. 21 2012 10:11 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

Dboy, "Hope and change" my... They are all the same.

This is turning into a hot mess, Issa's witch hunt aside.

Jun. 21 2012 10:07 AM

BO is starting to smell like GWB.

So much for all that "transparency" talk.

Jun. 21 2012 08:18 AM

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