This is just great…
One day after the House voted to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for failing to provide documents relating to the Fast and Furious gunwalking program, White House spokesperson Jay Carney said the criminal prosecution of the contempt charges will not move forward.
“The prosecution will not take place in this circumstance,” Carney said during a press gaggle aboard Air Force One en route to Colorado. He said the president’s assertion of executive privilege over the related documents makes the matter moot.
The contempt charge does not address the controversial Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ Fast and Furious operation itself, which allowed more than 2,000 weapons to fall into the hands of suspected traffickers for Mexican drug cartels. Instead, it concerns subpoenaed documents the Justice Department is withholding from Congress that cover a period after the operation ended.
I’m not really surprised that the White House is protecting Holder. I suspect the documents in question lead directly to the Oval Office. I don’t know much about what options congress has, but I hope they can get SOMETHING like a special prosecutor that answers to them rather than the people trying to cover their collective asses.
Of course by the time that happens the documents in question will be destroyed, and possibly replaced with forgeries.
Still I suspect there is a LOT going on with this.