Perry: Fast and Furious is 'Nixonian'
June 24th, 2012
11:40 AM ET
6 years ago

Perry: Fast and Furious is 'Nixonian'

(CNN) – Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Sunday labeled President Barack Obama's claim of executive privilege over Operation Fast and Furious as "Nixonian," suggesting the scandal is worse than Watergate.

"You have a president who is using his executive privilege to keep that information from Congress. If that's not Nixonian, then I don't know what is," Perry said on CBS' "Face the Nation."

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The Republican governor and former presidential candidate portrayed the botched gun-running operation as more serious than the 1970s Watergate scandal that led to the resignation of former President Richard Nixon.

"We've had over 300 Mexican nationals killed directly attributable to this Fast and Furious operation, where they brought those guns into Mexico. A former Marine and a Border Patrol agent by the name of Brian Terry lost his life," Perry said. "With Watergate you had a second-rate burglary."

Obama asserted executive privilege last week over Justice Department documents surrounding the Fast and Furious probe by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The House is expected to vote next week to cite Attorney General Eric Holder for contempt of Congress.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives launched the operation out of Arizona to track weapon purchases by Mexican drug cartels. However, it lost track of more than 1,000 firearms that the agency had allowed straw buyers to carry across the border, and two of the lost weapons turned up at the scene of the 2010 killing of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.

- CNN's Tom Cohen contributed to this report.

Filed under: President Obama • Rick Perry
soundoff (309 Responses)
  1. CaliforniaBC

    Why is Perry even relevant enough to listen to let alone be invited in for an interview?

    June 24, 2012 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  2. roscoe66

    Tomorrow 0bama care will be reversed. Arizona will keep it's illegal immigration policy intact.Holder will be held in contempt very soon. 0bama is seeing his hopes of a second term circling the drain.

    June 24, 2012 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  3. just sayin

    What ever least they didn't trade guns for hostages, then pin it on some Marine Colonel.

    June 24, 2012 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  4. had2in nj

    for those who have said Bush started Fast and Furious .. His watched started wide receiver... Obama watched stated F&F.. they are simulator but the big difference ..with Bush it was a joint effort between the the US and Mexico..and both countries were on the same page and acted swiftly to arrest the drug cartel.... In F&F the Obama watch did it on their own without the Mexican governments knowledge. That's criminal and those involved should be held accountable. less

    June 24, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  5. Len

    Another GOP idiot.......This program was started under Bush.......President Obama should have stopped it............but he is trying to catch the bad guys. And those of you who watch Fox will never get the truth!!!

    June 24, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  6. Dave

    I would say that the suggestion that the situation is 'Nixonian' would mean that it is on a similar level as the Watergate scandal, not "worse", as stated.

    June 24, 2012 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  7. tony

    More like a tiny version of Iran Contra without the corruption and no-where near "hiding WMD"

    June 24, 2012 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  8. Len

    Also, find out what Gov. Perry did to the educational system in Texas....not good, but hey, we are trying and do a very good job of creating an uninformed voting block....we are 25th in Math and Science in the free world....not good....but lets continue to cut education and make it harder for disadvantaged kids to get an education.....3rd world here we come....Keep watching FOX!!!

    June 24, 2012 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  9. Andy

    Really Perry? How about that lil oopsie in the Iraq War where no Iraqis were involved in 911. GW Bush and Cheney should be held in contempt as well. Didn't that lil oopsie cost us 5000 soldiers? and 350k plus dead iraqi civilians as well? Republicans in the senate and congress are war criminals. This is not about fast and furious, its about making Obama a one term president because he likes to wage an assault on free enterprise per Romeny. Can we put these ppl on an island and let them live there and take who ever they want? These ppl are an insult to rational thinking.

    June 24, 2012 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  10. Hammerer

    ThinkAgain if all you say is even close to the truth why does Obama hide the truth from the and show the world that they have been honest with all of their statements. Would be real easy to put this scandal to bed, just open the documents and prove their point.

    June 24, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  11. Brian

    It's been a while since we've seen his face, but Rick Perry looks quite a lot older than he was in the winter.

    June 24, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  12. once upon a horse

    Rick Perry is NOT very bright as proven in his failed POTUS run so I wouldn't take much of anything he says seriously. The only correct thing he said in recent times was that Mitt Romney is a "vulture capitalist" and even now he's trying to walk that back.

    June 24, 2012 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  13. raptor57

    bush again ! yea right... this has nothing to do with our "dear leader" and hillary's world wide gun ban does it ?

    June 24, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  14. Dave

    The fact that Republicans have to look to one of their OWN as the poster child for political crime says it all.

    June 24, 2012 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  15. Logic N LA

    As usual the Texas fool has no clue. If it is close to anything, it's Iran Contra. This was a covert operation. Congress should have gone ot Holder and asked before calling for a hearingbut there is no grandstanding in that.Since Issa said when made chairman that 200 supaenas would go out in his first 30 days, what can you expect? Darell we are STILL not making you our governor- give it up.

    June 24, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  16. enuff

    Did they forget abour Reagan and the weapons investigation of the 80's?

    June 24, 2012 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  17. OnTheRoad

    Perry, talking about keeping things from the 'Public'?? Seems that he signed a contract with a Spanish company several years ago and went to court to keep the details private and not let the tax payers of Texas know what was in the contract!!! Please, Mr. Perry, as a Texan, I ask you to go away and keep your mouth shut!!! Your have embarssed the people of this state enough already!

    June 24, 2012 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  18. crbrianb

    I wish people would stop trying to put the blame on the former administration for the current administrations screw ups. Holder himself admitted that he was lying when he said that F&F was a continuation of a program started up during the Bush administration. The program that existed under Bush called "Wide Reciever," was only a few hundred guns, all marked with GPS transmitters or other communication devices so that they could be tracked. It was performed with the knowledge and cooperation of the Mexican government and resulted in the arrests of over 1400 cartel members. It was deemed a failure when the cartels started removing the tracking devices and stopped, and all of the documentation regarding this failed program are availible.

    Why did the the current administration start up a defunct program already deemed a failure, and do it without any communication with the Mexican government, or any way of tracking the guns? Then they lied about it, and tried to hide the documentation covering it. Nixon hid tape recordings, Obama is hiding documents. The two cases sound very similar, and should be considered Nixonian.

    June 24, 2012 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  19. aaron

    Odd how Perry kept his mouth shut for 8 years when just about everything Bush did was Nixonian and underhanded.

    June 24, 2012 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  20. normajean @ verizon ,com

    Are there really people out there who care what this man is thinking ..let alone saying??? Duriing the famous "debates" some months ago, he showed himself to be not only confusing but confused!!....Don't think I'd take his opinon seriously at any time soon!!!!

    June 24, 2012 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  21. AJA

    So true!

    June 24, 2012 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  22. Bill

    ""With Watergate you had a second-rate burglary.""
    Is it possible that he is really stupid enough to believe this statement??

    June 24, 2012 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  23. Ambrose Smith

    Rick Perry??? Wasn't he the former GOP frontrunner that was going to run Romney out of town--until the GOP found out he was all hat and no cattle??

    What a joke he is. NO CRED!

    June 24, 2012 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  24. enuff

    Two words... iran contra... one president... Reagan. Oh, I forgot. He was a saint.

    June 24, 2012 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  25. disgustedvet

    Rick Perry is a wacko. He supported Jimmy Carter. He has NO credibility.

    June 24, 2012 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
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