White House invokes executive privilege to stop Issa witch hunt

Mitt who?  We can all thank far-right GOP Cong. Issa for forcing this confrontation, and changing the national discussion away from the economy.  Mittens isn’t going to be happy about that one.

And of course, GOP propaganda organ Fox News is talking about Nixon, while ThinkProgress reminds us that pretty much every President in recent times has invoked executive privilege, including George W. Bush. Reagan used it too.

ThinkProgress has some great background on the GOP witch hunt on the “Fast and Furious” issue.

It seems the House GOP leadership isn’t very happy with Issa’s witch hunt:

Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy of California have decided to slow Rep. Darrell Issa’s drive to hold the attorney general in contempt over the controversial Fast and Furious program, a move that could infuriate conservatives who have been calling for Holder’s resignation.
The delay could be a month or even longer, according to lawmakers and aides familiar with the issue.
Some within House GOP leadership circles would like Issa to abandon his plan for a committee and floor vote, which was sparked by a 64-page memo last week, which laid out the case for contempt.

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