Executive Privilege Why?

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President Barack Obama listens as Vice President Joe Biden (left) presents the report on the Roadmap to Recovery as he meets with his Cabinet in the State Dining Room of the White House, Monday, June 8, 2009. Looking on at right are Attorney General Eric Holder and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The President of the United has invoked Executive Privilege to prevent release of documents regarding the Fast and Furious scandal. Executive Privilege is generally used to protect documents and records involved directly in the programs and issues of the President, not the Attorney General or the Justice Department. It’s Executive Privilege, not AG Privilege. Which then begs the question:


After all, it’s been Attorney General Eric Holder, presiding over what has arguably become the most partisan and unjust Justice Department we’ve seen in a long time, who is in the hot seat with Congress breathing down his neck over the gun-running Fast and Furious program which ended up killing at least one Border Patrol and likely countless Mexican civilians, all in the name of giving the gun lobby a bad name, which attempt blew up in the anti-gun Justice Department’s face, and purportedly to track criminal and drug running gangs in Mexico, which attempt also blew up in American Law Enforcement’s face. They’re 0 for 2 so far. So if Eric Holder is the one Congress is after, trying to get him to tell them who knew what and when they knew it, why is President Obama wading into this, getting close to the political and judicial mud pile, and putting his name and that of his Presidency on the line by invoking Executive Privilege to prevent the turning over of documents by the Justice Department to Congressional investigators regarding this program?

There are a few reasons I can think of, but there’s no telling which of them, if any, are more accurate.

  • The obvious one that’ll spring to most people’s minds is that proof of knowledge of the program extends beyond Eric Holder, and that President Obama himself, probably hoping to score another Law and Order PR coup, knew about and possibly even explicitly authorized the Fast and Furious program and is now afraid that he’d burn along with Holder should the documents come out?
  • A less obvious but still possible reason is that Valerie Jarret, who has long been suspected of being Attorney General Eric Holder’s biggest fan and supporter in the White House, has cajoled/demanded/begged/manipulated the President into invoking Executive Privilege simply to protect her most favorite man in D.C., tying the President to the sinking ship of Fast and Furious to protect Mr. Holder. Is Ms. Jarret willing to sacrifice the Presidency to protect the Attorney General?

I have no facts or basis for any of these theories, they are entirely my own wild speculation.

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