House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) has been threatening to hold U.s. Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt for not releasing certain documents that relate to the investigation of the Department of Justice's 'Fast and Furious' operation, which involved guns allegedly being sold to drug dealers and gun runners..
Today, President Obama asserted executive privilege over the documents.
James M. Cole, the Deputy Attorney General, wrote in a letter to Rep. Issa on Wednesday morning: “After you rejected the Department’s recent offers of additional accommodations, you stated that the Committee intends to proceed with its scheduled meeting to consider a resolution citing the Attorney General for contempt for failing to comply with the Committee’s subpoena of October 11, 2011. I write now to inform you that the President has asserted executive privilege over the relevant post-February 4, 2011, documents.”
President George W. Bush asserted executive privilege six times during his eight years in office, including when he protected Harriet Miers, Sara Taylor, Karl Rove and Scott Jennings from having to testify before congress.