Executive Privilege or Coverup? You Decide
Obama Asserts Fast and Furious Executive Privilege Claim for Holder’s Wife
From the article:
Judicial Watch announced today that it received from the Obama Department of Justice (DOJ) a “Vaughn index” detailing records about the Operation Fast and Furious scandal.
Judicial Watch obtained the index through “the freedom of information act”.
The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. § 552, is a federal freedom of information law that allows for the full or partial disclosure of previously unreleased information and documents controlled by the United States government.
As a citizen of the United States you can request government documents. Except of course, when executive privilege is claimed.
So, what exactly is “Executive Privilege” and under what circumstances is it to be used?
In the United States government, executive privilege is the power claimed by the President of the United States and other members of the executive branch to resist certain subpoenas and other interventions by the legislative and judicial branches of government to access information and personnel relating to the executive branch. The concept of executive privilege is not mentioned explicitly in the United States Constitution, but the Supreme Court of the United States ruled it to be an element of the separation of powers doctrine, and/or derived from the supremacy of executive branch in its own area of Constitutional activity.
The Supreme Court confirmed the legitimacy of this doctrine in United States v. Nixon, but only to the extent of confirming that there is a qualified privilege. Once invoked, a presumption of privilege is established, requiring the Prosecutor to make a “sufficient showing” that the “Presidential material” is “essential to the justice of the case” (418 U.S. at 713-14). Chief Justice Burger further stated that executive privilege would most effectively apply when the oversight of the executive would impair that branch’s national security concerns.
So much for a “transparent” administration, lol. I take that back, actually they are pretty transparent. Seems to me that they ‘coverup”…. “at will” their war on your constitutional rights. And, which right – in this case – the second amendment. Your right to keep and bear arms.
The article goes on to explain what was in this “index” that was obtained through the freedom of information act
Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton criticized President Obama and his disgraced Attorney General in a statement today:
This document provides key information about the cover-up of Fast and Furious by Attorney General Eric Holder and other high-level officials of the Obama administration. Obama’s executive privilege claims over these records are a fraud and an abuse of his office. There is no precedent for President Obama’s Nixonian assertion of executive privilege over these ordinary government agency records. Americans will be astonished that Obama asserted executive privilege over Eric Holder’s emails to his wife about Fast and Furious.
If you have nothing to hide…..you hide nothing, right?
My understanding is that Judicial Watch received the documents and that some portions are now under “Executive Privilege”. I would think that mean’s you will never know what was said between Eric Holder, his wife, and his mother concerning “Fast and Furious”. Unless, they are released by court order.