Fast & Furious — Obama’s Watergate or Election-Year Waste of Time?


Is the struggle between House Republicans and the Obama administration over the failed “Fast and Furious” gun-tracking operation show that the Obama administration scandal is profound as Watergate or is an election-oriented fishing expedition? The Christian Science Monitor raises that question. “This is about getting to the truth for the American people,” said House Speaker John Boehner. “This is an attempt to score political points,” replied Obama press secretary Jay Carney.

Two moves helped power the new polarization. President Obama asserted executive privilege to withhold from the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee requested documents dealing with “Fast and Furious.” The House panel then voted to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress. Obama's move to cloak documents with his executive privilege power infuriated many on the right. Committee chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) is trying to figure out why the Justice Department first told him Fast & Furious had not used a “gun-walking” technique – then said that was inaccurate.

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