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. scuba45

    Please, Perry .... you ran to be candidate and you were voted out.

    June 24, 2012 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  2. Sue

    Keep Fast and Furious in the news. I hope that the Terry family keeps speaking out about the murder of their son, while working as a Border Patrol Agent-all due to the lies/corruption of Obama and Holder. Let's get the contempt vote against Holder rolling!! And, the millions of voters who were not aware of Fast and Furious (due to the main stream media trying to shield/protect/provide cover for Obama/Holder)--are now becoming aware that a US Border Patrol Agent was killed, as well as over 300 innocent Mexican citizens killed-–all due to the lies/corruption of Holder/Obama. They are also now aware-that the ONLY way that Obama can use executive privilege, is if he is/was also involved!!

    June 24, 2012 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  3. mark

    I have a problem. I do not trust anything said by the Democrats – and it is made worse because I distrust the Republicans even more so on this case. Being an election year, all bets are off – the Dems wanted to shut this down before it gets uglier and the GOP want to milk this thing right into November.

    June 24, 2012 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  4. NoTax

    Impeach Obama, right now

    June 24, 2012 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  5. Thomas

    . You won't have Perry to kick around anymore, because, gentlemen, this is my last press conference.

    Wouldn't that be wonderful !

    June 24, 2012 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  6. mujahudeen

    Keep fiddling as your country burns infidels. All these distractions for the ignorant masses while the real problem is the national debt.... Not the deficit

    June 24, 2012 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  7. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    Let me see, GWB misled and lied to the American people about bogus and nox existent WMD's in Iraq and in the process, murdered thousands of our trops in Iraq, yet he was never impeached or investigated by congress or chastised as Attorney Generalfor Eric Holder has been chastised. Well folkes, there's nothing more Nixonian or criminal than GWB's war crimes and republicans refusal to bring this tyrant to justice! And by the way, while no Americans have died as a result of Fast and Furious, again thousands of troops have died in Iraq as a result of GWB's and the GOP's WMD's dilemma in Iraq, a delemma that is also responsible for the deaths in Afghanistan when that war was deliberately and recklessly abandoned and prolonged for the invasion of Iraq! Hey Rick Perry, there's water at GWB's gate!

    June 24, 2012 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  8. JoAnn

    Wonder if Perry ever spoke about this???

    2006–2007: Operation Wide Receiver and other probes

    June 24, 2012 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  9. DC

    Isn't is funny how Perry and other Republicans who are attacking President Obama, defended G.W. Bush when he used Executive Privilege six time during his presidency. Now, they make it sound like it is a crime when Presideent Obama uses it for the first time in his presidency. I guess executive privelege only applies when a Republican is in the White House.
    What a bunch of hypocrites.

    June 24, 2012 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  10. CBR

    The Republicans are going to say anything and do everything in their power to defeat President Obama. They are spending many millions to do so. So Governor Perry's now thinks he must find something to talk about. He has his facts skewed which is not unusual. It is pretty easy to make accusations these days. The press will be there as quickly as possible and will not make sure that these statements are correct.

    Nothing new here. But if we allow this to go on then we will be party to this attempt to say anything or do anything to disrupt the election. We need to demand that our politicians stick to the truth and call them on the carpet when they do not. We have a very big stake in what happens between now and November. Hopefully people will be looking for the truth.

    June 24, 2012 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  11. Deb

    I thought the gun rights proponents always say "guns don't kill people, people kill people". So how does the situation suddenly reverse itself such that these guns are suddenly directly responsible for the deaths? You can't have it both ways; easy access to guns either causes increased violence or it doesn't. Which is it?

    June 24, 2012 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  12. jim atmad

    If every wild lie the GOP tells about this was actually true (and none of it is), it would still amount to a slow week of corruption for the GW Bush administration.

    June 24, 2012 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  13. Keith

    You're right Rick, you don't know what Nixonian is.

    June 24, 2012 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  14. Zon

    More serious than breaking into your opponent's headquarters at the direction of a sitting president? Really? Come on, Rick. You're going to need to do better than that.

    June 24, 2012 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  15. w l jones

    This is beyound anybody imagination an elector officer given away national security,secerit we have a law in this country aganist that in this country. Sad Sad this go to the heart are who we are this is not freedom of speech. Said enough.

    June 24, 2012 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  16. TwoSee

    I stand with Rick!!! Sending guns to Mexico is no small mistake.
    It used to be that the term "War on Drugs" was merely a figure of speech. The rest of America does not realize the violence has escaladed. There were 36 beheaded bodies left on a highway just 10 miles from the Texas border. The war on drugs has become a.... WAR!

    June 24, 2012 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  17. mommytwice

    Perry, look things up beofre you start flapping your mouth again. The Bush administration started Fast and Furious, and the Obama admin stopped it. it's verifiable. LOOK IT UP.

    June 24, 2012 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  18. Saul Alinsky

    1) "Wide Receiver", the Bush-era joint American-Mexican strategic operational gun tracking "Tactic" and program ended in September, 2007. It ran from February, 2006 to September, 2007.

    2) "Fast & Furious" began in October, 2009, and did not end until after Brian Terry was killed in December, 2010. It was 100% Obama Administration.

    3) There were more than two years between the end of "Wide Receiver" and "Fast & Furious." There is no connection between the two except the local area and "Tactics" involved.

    4) After Agent Brian Terry's death, local agents who had objected all along became "whistle-blowers."

    5) Jay Carney only mentioned the word "Tactic" in his press briefing because he knows The Obama Administration borrowed and expanded the "Tactic" for Strategic Social Engineering. he ultimate goal of repealing the Second Amendment.

    6) Over 1,700 Assault Weapons were sent to violent drug cartels resulting the the deaths of over 300 Mexican Citizens.

    7) Law Enforcement Officers across America and Mexico are outraged at the DOJ.

    June 24, 2012 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  19. Lou Lange

    Hey Gov. Perry – when you have something intelligent to say, please let us know. Fast and Furious worse than Watergate??? -shakes his head in utter disgust-

    June 24, 2012 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  20. jschmidt

    Now that Obama has admitted WH involvement, what did Obama know and when did he know it? This is an obvious ploy to keep incriminating evidence away from Congress and the public. This is Obama style. Bad news so hide it or seal it as with college records, or obscure it. He's hiding something. SO why would anyone re-elect him consdering how bad a job he has done. Longest stretch of 8+ unemployment 40 months, since 1948. Lowest labor participation rate of 63.6% since 1981. Record number of people on food stamps. No new ideas and all ideas have failed. Rewarded green companies like Solyandra with loans for their campaign support and most went bankrupt. Lost 23 billion on the UAW bailout while bypassing normal bankruptcy rules that would have been harder on the UAW. Violated the Constitution at least 4 times.

    June 24, 2012 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  21. pete

    Operation "wide receiver" was started under Bush. It used radio transmitters in guns and 1,400 arrests were made. It was done with full knowledege and help from the Mexican Govt. When the bad guys started finding the transmitters the operation was stopped. Two years later under Obama they start up fast and furious. Gun walking, No transmitters, no Mexican Government official knew about it and they didn't track the guns. No one died in the watergate scandel.

    June 24, 2012 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  22. jamesnyc

    I guess he forgot about Iran-Contra and the lies before we went back to Iraq.

    June 24, 2012 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  23. Holder is a Criminal

    Next week will be Fun:

    1) Holder arrested for accessory to murder of Agent Brian Terry.
    2) Impeachment proceeding begin against Obama.
    3) ObamaCare repealed by Supreme Court.

    God Bless America.

    June 24, 2012 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  24. hazen

    Obama apologists keep trying to say Fast and Furious started with George Bush. It did not. The only thing similar during the Bush administration was done with the full knowledge and cooperation of the Mexican government. Eric Holder's Fast and Furious operation was not. The program under the Bush administration didn't allow the guns or buyers to make it into Mexico. The whole point of Fast and Furious was for the guns to cause as much carnage as possible as a means to advance gun control, also known as disarming law abiding Americans. If Obama was not part of Fast and Furious he has no grounds to claim executive privelage. He has something to hide, and it isn't going to be pretty when it comes out.

    June 24, 2012 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  25. James Klimaski

    Before getting into Fast and Furious, Perry should be careful about calling Obama Nixonian. His old boss and then President, George W. Bush invoked Executive Privilege six times during his first term in office. Obama has used it once.

    As for Fast and Furious, started under Bush and continued under Obama, the real questions are: (1) whose idea was this in the first place; (2) wasn't there anyone who recognized this was a bad idea and recommended it not be instituted or stopped in its tracks; (3) Did Obama know it was going on and did he authorize it to continue. They should be answered. But they shouldn't be used for some partisan political gain as the program covered both a Republican and a Democratic Administration. Lets have a complete wall of shame.

    June 24, 2012 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
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