BELLEVUE, WA â€“ President Obamaâ€™s claim of executive privilege to prevent Congressional access to documents relating to Operation Fast and Furious smacks of monumental hypocrisy and looks like an attempt to cover blood on the administrationâ€™s hands, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said today.
It did not prevent the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform from voting 23-17 to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress.
â€œIn a March 2007 interview with Larry King on CNN, then-Senator Barack Obama complained about a â€˜tendencyâ€™ on the part of the Bush administration to â€˜hide behind executive privilegeâ€™,â€ CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb recalled. â€œNow we must find out what is in those documents that the White House wants to hide from the American public.â€
The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has been investigating Fast and Furious since March 2011. Guns linked to the operation are also linked to the murder of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry, and untold numbers of Mexican citizens.
â€œTodayâ€™s action by the White House creates the strong suspicion that the Obama administration is trying to hide from the fact that they have blood on their hands,â€ Gottlieb observed. â€œThatâ€™s not rhetoric; weâ€™re talking about the deaths of countless Mexican citizens and especially a dead federal officer. Fast and Furious has given us a verifiable body count.
â€œThere is evidence that those involved in Fast and Furious thought it could bolster calls for additional gun control,â€ Gottlieb said. â€œIf thatâ€™s accurate, it demonstrates a callousness that goes beyond the limits of human decency. It is imperative that that the American public knows all the facts of this case prior to the election. The people responsible for this disaster must be held accountable, and that will not happen so long as the administration continues to stonewall, and hiding behind executive privilege suggests that Holder and the president have no intention of coming clean.â€