Washington (CNN) – In 2007, when President George W. Bush invoked executive privilege in barring White House aides from testifying before Congress, he had an ally in Mitt Romney.
At the time, Mr. Bush had asserted executive privilege to block former White House Counsel Harriet Miers and other top officials from cooperating with Senate Democrats who were investigating the controversial firings of federal prosecutors.
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Several top Democrats had gone so far as to threaten to jail former White House adviser Karl Rove to compel his testimony in the matter.
During a March 2007 interview with conservative talk radio host Hugh Hewitt, Romney defended Bush's use of executive privilege.
"Do you approve of President Bush's declaration that he will simply refuse these subpoenas that have been sent to Ms. Miers and Karl Rove," Hewitt asked.
"Yeah, he's got a responsibility to protect executive privilege. That's just part of preserving the powers of the presidency," Romney responded in the interview. "He should do what he thinks is the right thing with regards to members of his team but preserve executive privilege."
Republicans accused the President of hypocrisy for invoking executive privilege in the "Fast and Furious" case, pointing to comments candidate Obama made to CNN in 2007.
"There's been a tendency, on the part of this administration, to try to hide behind executive privilege every time there's something a little shaky that's taking place," then Senator Obama told CNN's Larry King.
The House may vote as early as Thursday to cite Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress in the "Fast and Furious" investigation.
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