Obama goes Nixon, claims executive privilege on F&F

Having lived through Watergate and Richard Nixon's cover-up effort to claim executive privilege, I find that President Obama's claim of executive privilege sounds like a desperation move.  Tom Cohen of CNN: The White House move means the Department of Justice can withhold the documents from the House Oversight Committee, which was scheduled to consider a contempt measure Wednesday against Holder. In a letter to Obama seeking the assertion of executive privilege, Holder said the documents involved related to the Justice Department's "response to congressional oversight and related media inquiries," and that release of internal executive branch documents would have "significant, damaging consequences." Holder also said releasing the documents would "inhibit the candor of executive branch deliberations in the future and significantly impair the ability of the executive branch to respond independently and effectively to congressional oversight." A separate Justice Department letter...(Read Full Post)

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