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See the video when candidate Obama ruefully disdained the Bush Administration's reliance on privilege.
Well, what's good for the goose is good for the gander...
Grassley says:"I write now to inform you that the president has asserted executive privilege over the relevant post-February 4, 2011, documents," Deputy Attorney General James Cole wrote in a letter to Issa made public just before the committee meeting was scheduled to begin Wednesday."We regret that we have arrived at this point, after the many steps we have taken to address the committee's concerns and to accommodate the committee's legitimate oversight interests regarding Operation Fast and Furious," Cole's letter continued. "Although we are deeply disappointed that the committee appears intent on proceeding with a contempt vote, the department remains willing to work with the Committee to reach a mutually satisfactory resolution of the outstanding issues."
“How can the president assert executive privilege if there was no White House involvement? How can the president exert executive privilege over documents he’s supposedly never seen? Is something very big being hidden to go to this extreme? The contempt citation is an important procedural mechanism in our system of checks and balances,” he said.Mr. Issa, Mr Grassley, Please proceed with the contempt votes. The sooner the better.