Such an accusation is racist, of course.
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) on Tuesday accused President Obama of either obstructing a congressional investigation or of involvement in the Fast and Furious gun-tracking operation.
In a seven-page letter to the president, the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee leveled his most direct allegations yet at Obama just two days ahead of a full House vote on whether to place Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for failing to respond to a subpoena.
Issa took issue with Obama’s assertion of executive privilege over a cache of documents at the Department of Justice — including a February 2011 letter later withdrawn by the agency — that Issa believes includes information on Holder’s role in Fast and Furious.
“Either you or your most senior advisers were involved in managing Operation Fast and Furious and the fallout from it, including the false Feb. 4, 2011 letter provided by the attorney general to the committee,” Issa wrote to Obama. “Or, you are asserting a presidential power that you know to be unjustified solely for the purpose of further obstructing a congressional investigation.”
White House spokesman Eric Schultz defended Obama’s assertion of executive privilege, saying that the move is legal and has long been supported by courts even if the president is not directly involved with the documents in question.
“Our position is consistent with executive-branch legal precedent for the past three decades spanning administrations of both parties, and dating back to President Reagan’s Department of Justice,” said Schultz in a statement.
Apparently these tools think mentioning Reagan is supposed to stop everything in its tracks. Uh, I don’t think so.