Obama invokes executive privilege to keep 'Fast and Furious' documents secret
Republicans are taking aim at President Obama, after the White House invoked executive privilege; refusing to turn over documents related to the so-called 'Fast and Furious' scandal.
The House Oversight Committee had requested the documents, before it decides if Attorney General Eric Holder should face contempt charges related to the scandal.
Republicans have questioned what Holder knew about the passing of illegally purchased weapons across the border to Mexico.
Last week, Sen. John Cornyn called for Holder's resignation. Today, he released this statement:
“The Attorney General and now the President have refused to turn over documents to investigators and failed to hold anyone accountable for his department’s mishandling of Fast and Furious, which lead to the death of Brian Terry.
“Today’s vote could have been avoided, but the Attorney General and President Obama’s insistence on stonewalling left no other option.”
In a letter to the president, Holder said that releasing the internal documents would have damaging consequences. The White House, meanwhile, is accusing House Republicans of engaging in a "politically motivated, taxpayer-funded election-year fishing expedition.''