The White House is denying that their invocation of executive privilege implies that Obama administration officials are involved in a coverup of a botched gunrunning operation, accusing House Republicans of playing politics.
“The problem of gunwalking was a field-driven tactic that dated back to the previous Administration, and it was this Administration’s Attorney General who ended it. In fact, the Justice Department has spent the past fourteen months accommodating Congressional investigators, producing 7,600 pages of documents, and testifying at eleven Congressional hearings. Yet, Republicans insist on moving forward with an effort that Republicans and objective legal experts have noted is purely political,” White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer said in a statement.
Congressional Republicans have been investigating an operation within the Department of Justice called the Fast and Furious — demanding that the DOJ release documents pertaining to the investigation. Holder has appeared numerous times before the committee investigating the scandal — but Wednesday, the AG asked the Obama administration to invoke executive privilege to shield the documents at issue.
“Given the economic challenges facing the country, we believe that House Republicans should work with the rest of Congress and the President to create more jobs, not more political theater,” Pfeiffer said.