Issa slams Obama over Fast and Furious executive privilege
June 26th, 2012
10:07 AM ET
2 years ago

Issa slams Obama over Fast and Furious executive privilege

(CNN) - The head of a House committee slammed President Barack Obama's assertion of executive privilege in the panel's probe of the Fast and Furious gun running sting and implored the president to rethink his move.

House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa made the remarks in a letter to the president dated Monday, as the House gets ready to vote this week on a contempt resolution against Attorney General Eric Holder.

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  1. Namejkane fl SEND THE THREE TIME LOSER romney HOME AND MAKE IT FOUR.

    This teaparty republican should be working on jobs bill instead of wasting taxpayer money on a nowhere republican ploy to blame Obama for a bush policy gone wrong ,same old republican blame game .see you in Nov ,when the republican bafoon party and romney the clown go down in flames !!!!

    June 26, 2012 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  2. mm

    And that's all Issa was really interested in anyway, political slams and grandstanding. Somebody get this clown off the stage.

    June 26, 2012 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  3. Republican failed

    I wish these republican leave our president along. That why american dont have jobs because of this mess going
    on trying to attack president Obama. We are fed up with his crap with the republican party.. Vote all republican out of the office.

    June 26, 2012 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  4. Sniffit

    Whatever. Issa is a tool. The guy has now publicly subscribed to the conspiracy theory that this was an effort to create the public will to increase gun regulations by getting people maimed and killed. It's nonsense, backed up by zero factual evidence and is contradicted by a great deal of evidence, including the Obama administration's loosening of gun control regulations in national parks and on Amtrak and emails that were produced to Congress. But that's ok, right tinfoil hatters? Because everyone knows that the absence of evidence proving the existence of a conspiracy is itself evidence of the conspiracy. Those elephants are oh so good at hiding in strawberry patches...that's why you never find them there.

    This is all nothing but scalp hunting, pure and simple. One of Issa's aides even offered to drop the contempt issue if one fo the assistant attorney generals would resign in desgrace over this. Issa and the GOP/Teatrolls want a scalp...they don't really give a crap about the substance of the issues.

    June 26, 2012 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  5. Sniffit

    "The head of a House committee slammed President Barack Obama's assertion of executive privilege in the panel's probe of the Fast and Furious gun running sting and implored the president to rethink his move."

    Let's just paraphrase the letter so everyone acn understand without having to make the effort to read through a wall of text:

    Dear Mr. President:

    IOKIYAR.

    Sincerely,

    Partisan Jackhole

    June 26, 2012 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  6. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Did he ever do that with Bush? I don't think so. Issa doesn't seem willing to be flexible on this or much of anything else.

    June 26, 2012 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  7. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE/ConservaFASCISTS

    Issa needs to stop this witch hunt. The political grand standing has got to stop.

    June 26, 2012 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  8. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    This isn't what Americans sent Republicans to Washington to do but it appears this is their only top priorty after they extended the Bush era tax cuts for the rich.

    June 26, 2012 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  9. Nelson Colorado Springs Co.

    Good jobs Mr President Obama because to many LEAKS in congress and your adminstration. Thank you President Barack Obama's for assertion of executive privilege in the panel's probe of the Fast and Furious gun running sting. Don't need to know everything.

    June 26, 2012 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  10. Bill from GA

    "Guns don't kill people, people kill people."

    Unless the guns might have come from the Obama Administration.

    June 26, 2012 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  11. Thomas

    Darrel Issa is a known scam artist, car thief and suspected arsonist, why is he questioning anyone?

    Only in America .

    June 26, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  12. Al-NY,NY

    Whatever Darrell. Of course Duh Duh Duh-bya using it numerous times to hide his wheelings and dealings was OK?

    June 26, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  13. s

    GEE yo never blasted Bush over this, what a surprize, and by the way please get a new rug,this one is getting old.

    June 26, 2012 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  14. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    Issa: A wanna-be Ken Starr. Anybody need a car alarm?

    June 26, 2012 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  15. King

    when will these save lives by banning the automatically sold weapons. these repubs will do every thing to kiss the NRA. is this making. policies to saves lives or nonsense political crap the repubs been doing for the past 4 years.

    June 26, 2012 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  16. vic , nashville ,tn

    Did he said last Sunday there is no proof white house involved,

    Time for republicans to move on they can’t recover from immigration talking this

    June 26, 2012 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  17. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, NOT a third term of BUSH's years of FAILURE

    The more the GOP talks about Fast and Furious, the more American people see their political motivation.

    Maybe Holder should not have STOPPED the Fast and Furious fiasco which was STARTED by the Bush administration.

    If Issa is serious about getting to the roots of their kangaroo investigations, why did he not invite the originators of the program? Was Bush also part of the Faux Noise conspiracy to take away 2nd amendment rights?

    June 26, 2012 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  18. WireweirdinSF

    At least Issa "slammed" him in a letter to him. Obama will make remarks "slamming" someone to a bunch of corrupt union bosses or doped up welfare frauds and then not anyone except those in the liberally biased media ask him questions. And of course he slams anyone who disagrees with him or accepts personal responsibility for their lives, pays taxes or works for a livng, or is here legally. The people who pay the taxes are not listened to under the current inept, incompetent, corrupt, union toady regime.

    June 26, 2012 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  19. s

    Good words from a REPUB, no surprize comment from you.

    June 26, 2012 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  20. vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    but didn't Issa just say on FoxNews of all places that he has NO evidence of a coverup and has NO evidence that the president nor the White House know anything about this? So if this is the case WHY waste our tax dollars on this witch hunt that will have no concrete answers. It is a shame that a law enforcement agent lost his life over this, yet other brave agents in law enforcement lose their lives almost everyday in our country it is a sad part of the job. Using this and some way out scheme that Obama planned this so in his possible second term he can ban assualt weapons and take everybody's guns away is just plain NUTS. But then again look at who came up with this line. Only the right wing so far is falling for it.

    June 26, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  21. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    @WireweirdinSF
    At least Issa "slammed" him in a letter to him. Obama will make remarks "slamming" someone to a bunch of corrupt union bosses or doped up welfare frauds and then not anyone except those in the liberally biased media ask him questions. And of course he slams anyone who disagrees with him or accepts personal responsibility for their lives, pays taxes or works for a livng, or is here legally. The people who pay the taxes are not listened to under the current inept, incompetent, corrupt, union toady regime.

    June 26, 2012 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
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    Please back up this drivel with facts. Oh, that's right, you're just regurgitating FOX NOISE talking points. Yawn. Boring.

    June 26, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  22. Logic N LA

    Issa- crawl back under your publicity-seeking rock. You're a Silicon Valley hack and we dont need you trying to make a name for yourself at tax payers expense.

    June 26, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  23. Four and The Door

    So maybe in his 2012 campaign instead of promising "... transparency in government..." , Obama/ Biden 2012 can modify it to, "... transparency in government when convenient...". This is such a scam. But they are not just scamming the Republican congress, the Obama Administration is scamming the American people, especially the family of slain US Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.

    June 26, 2012 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  24. Republican failed

    ISSA need to be voted out of the office. These republicans look like fool on Fox news trying to attack president Obama.

    June 26, 2012 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  25. Wake up people

    Wired weird is that the only phrase you know?? Corrupt union toady??? Learn something new and stop listening to Rush and Faux Noise, you say the same bs in every post.

    OBAMA 2012!
    Don't release anything Mr. President, it's your prerogative!

    June 26, 2012 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
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