White House, DOJ 'Fast and Furious' deal rejected
June 26th, 2012
08:53 PM ET
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White House, DOJ 'Fast and Furious' deal rejected

Washington (CNN) - An offer from the Obama administration to show Congressional investigators some documents related to the failed "Fast and Furious" sting operation was rejected Tuesday, sources from both sides say.

The last-ditch offer was a joint effort between the Justice Department and the White House and made to senior aides to House Speaker John Boehner and Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa.

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According to a summary of the offer provided by a senior administration official and a Justice Department official familiar with the discussions, the Justice Department outlined an offer that included giving Congress access to some of the documents generated between February 4, 2011, when the DOJ initially told Congress there was no inappropriate activity, and December 2, 2011, when Justice acknowledged the program was "fundamentally flawed."

"We reached out and showed them a representative sample of the documents so they could see first-hand the types of communications in contention," the administration official said. President Barack Obama has asserted executive privilege in the dispute.

The DOJ also offered to conduct a briefing, give Congress documents related to the whistleblowers, and work with the committee to respond to any questions they had after reviewing the materials. According to a summary of the offer Justice maintained this would have given Congress "unprecedented access to deliberative documents."

The Administration official said the documents would "dispel any notion of an intent to mislead Congress."

One senior House GOP aide confirmed the Justice Department made the offer to senior Republican staff, but said it wasn't sufficient. GOP leaders plan to move forward with a House vote slated for Thursday to hold Holder in contempt of Congress.

White House spokesman Eric Schultz told CNN, "This was a good faith effort to try to reach an accommodation while still protecting the institutional prerogatives of the Executive Branch, often championed by these same Republicans criticizing us right now. Unfortunately Republicans have opted for political theater rather than conduct legitimate Congressional oversight."

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soundoff (39 Responses)
  1. Bushper

    Open your eyes now America, Mitt Romney is a fraud. A vote for Romney is a vote against your interest. Think!

    June 27, 2012 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
  2. yt

    Issa is a chump that will fall to his own party investigation soon.. Dude is as corrupt as the next guy.

    June 27, 2012 01:21 am at 1:21 am |
  3. Matt

    Who cares. Congress has better things to do. the republicans need to quit blowing snot bubbles because there's a democrat in the white house and create some jobs.

    June 27, 2012 02:03 am at 2:03 am |
  4. georgewashington

    Obama, stick to your guns – ooops.

    June 27, 2012 02:08 am at 2:08 am |
  5. Marcus Wel

    We the American people are tired of government corruption, cover-ups and jockeying for political gain.

    June 27, 2012 02:28 am at 2:28 am |
  6. s

    Of course what would you expect from REPUBS, all about them selves and screw anyone else. maybe they should call Bushy, since he started the program,but NO shows how one sided they are. They will be gone come November.

    June 27, 2012 03:47 am at 3:47 am |
  7. Iamnotfooled

    This is a political lynching, plain and simple. Just like they are letting the billionaires buy America. The Republicans are so desperate they will do anything, to win back the White House.

    June 27, 2012 04:25 am at 4:25 am |
  8. Name Pamma

    Eric has something on Obama, what is it?
    Maybe birth certificate info?? That is why the executive privilege??

    June 27, 2012 04:26 am at 4:26 am |
  9. runsarahrun

    Obama in 2007 Senate speech:
    “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 taking place. The administration would be best served by coming clean on this.”

    Hmmmmm... I guess we have to hold BHO to same standard, right?
    Or are we once again facing the usual double standard and hypocrisy that dominates this Soviet style of "leadership"?

    June 27, 2012 05:38 am at 5:38 am |
  10. clarke

    Maybe Congress should be careful what they wish for.

    June 27, 2012 06:01 am at 6:01 am |
  11. tony

    Once again this administration snubs it's nose at the law. They are above it all. You can't fool all of the people all of the time. Come november, I hope the people "explain" to Mr.Obama that he can be told "no".

    June 27, 2012 06:14 am at 6:14 am |
  12. BJ

    Funny how no one really is interested in this, except for GOP!!

    June 27, 2012 06:17 am at 6:17 am |
  13. Marie MD

    Could somebody please put issa in jail for stealing cars while a civilian and in the military!!!
    The false hair man has no room to talk!!!!!

    June 27, 2012 06:34 am at 6:34 am |
  14. Free Man in the Republic of Texas

    WE are the OBAMA Cartel
    WE will give you nothing.

    We will dance & spin about how WE are the MOST transparent
    administration in ALL of American history
    and then claim executive privilage to get past the November election...

    FORWARD To life under Dear Leader !!!

    June 27, 2012 07:16 am at 7:16 am |
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