A top House Republican says he is sending President Obama a letter disputing his use of executive privilege in the “Fast and Furious” case.
Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, told ABC’s This Week, “there cannot be executive privilege over criminal coverup or coverup of crime.
“Lying to Congress is a crime,” Issa added. “We have every right to see documents to say, ‘did you know, when did you know, what did you know,’ including even the president.”
Attorneys for the Obama administration say House Republicans are not entitled to internal deliberations by officials within the executive branch.
Obama’s invocation of executive privilege is one reason Issa’s committee voted last week — along party lines — to recommend a contempt of Congress citation against Attorney General Eric Holder.
The full Republican-run House could vote as early as this week on whether to hold Holder in contempt, though both sides continue to negotiate the dispute over document production.
Issa’s committee is investigating “Fast and Furious,” that botched gun smuggling operation that could have led to the death of a U.S. border patrol agent.