After using the “executive privilege” excuse to justify the Obama Administration’s refusal to provide all documents requested on the “Fast and Furious” operation, the U.S. House is expected to vote on Thursday whether to cite Attorney General Eric Holder for contempt of congress. President Obama and his administration ought to act to quell the cloud of suspicion that looms as result of the controversy.
The “Fast and Furious” operation, which allowed for 2,000 weapons to be sold to smugglers suspected to be linked with drug cartel leaders, backfired when some of the weapons sold were used in the Dec. 2010 shootout that killed a U.S. border agent.
Seeking more detailed information as to the plan of attack behind the operation, House Republicans asked the Obama Administration for documents regarding the matter, but Holder, along with the administration, declined to hand over all related documents.
“The decision to invoke executive privilege is an admission that White House officials were involved in decisions that misled congress,” said House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio).
Last Wednesday the House panel, in a standoff with the Obama Administration, voted to hold Mr. Holder in contempt of congress in regards to the matter.