Perry: Fast and Furious is 'Nixonian'
June 24th, 2012
11:40 AM ET
10 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. kirby

    Who let this clown back out of the circus..!! LOL.

    Way to go President Obama, finally using some of your powers for a waste of time issue with these repubs.

    June 25, 2012 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  2. Malory Archer

    The Union of Border agents will be suing the DOJ because they say it's a "slap in the face" to be hiding these documents.


    Imagine.... a union suing a pro-union president. Oh, the irony.

    June 25, 2012 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  3. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of OBAMA FAILURE

    Larry L
    @Obama 2012 – BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of OBAMA FAILURE
    "End the lawlessnes of the Obama administration in November or this country is headig toward a lawless leftist dictatorship. We are already half way there."
    Ahhh... another Fox News drone screaming at the cars on the highway. The President is forced to take executive action because of the obstructionist Republicans in Congress. They've used the filibuster in the Senate 137 times to block every initiative – even those they introduced in committee. The House has become nothing more than a platform for right-wing political stunts and witch hunts for political gain. Since the Supreme Court is just an activist tool for Republicans, the Executive Branch is all that's left to actually govern America.

    Thank you for responding and proving my point. Your response PROVES the mentality of the left and what they are all about. Obama, the Democrats and you as well have utter disdain for our rule of law, the institutions of this country and the roles they play. We elect a "President" and that person has clearly defined roles. HE IS NOT A DICTATOR. He is but ONE part of the government. Obama is EXACTLY what our founding fathers knew would eventually happen and designed a system of government to prevent it but it is up to the other two parts of government to enforce THEIR roles and not be trampled on by a dictator in the WHitehouse.

    Obama and his leftwing supporters will be getting a rude awakening this November. It can't come fast enough. It would not surprise me one bit if they tried to nullify the elect and seize power when they lose, claiming the election was tainted. It is what leftist dictators usually do.

    June 25, 2012 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  4. drod

    Issa looked very weak in his FAF arguments on the Sunday talk shows. Even conservative hosts agree that Issa is just using this for political theatre. It will all be dropped after November when Obama wins reelection.

    June 25, 2012 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  5. Seattle Sue

    This coming from a man who doesn't know which end is up.

    June 25, 2012 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  6. Indy

    Fast and Furious is about the Obama administration "arming" the enemy...the enemy is still armed and more lives may be lost.

    June 25, 2012 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  7. BEn275

    I can't wait to vote straight Democrat in Nov.

    June 25, 2012 10:40 am at 10:40 am |

    Rick Perry should not be allowed to use words he can neither define nor spell. That is all

    June 25, 2012 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  9. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of OBAMA FAILURE

    Doug from Seattle
    I hear the accusations. I hear the characterizations. I hear the outrage.
    What I don't hear is the evidence justifying any of it! Where's the BEEF!!!!
    I am so sick and tired of the republican party's witch hunts that go nowhere while costing taxpayers countless millions!
    Are you daft??? THAT is what the Committee on OVERSIGHT is investigating and why they need the documents that Holder, and now Obama, are refusing to turn over. Witch hunts don't involve hundreds of DEAD MEXICANS and TWO DEAD US BORDER PATROL OFFICERS. For the leftists and Democrats to use this word is to further spit on their graves in order to protect the parties responsible for their death.

    It is painfully clear the most incompetent President in our history, who appointed the most incompetent AG in our history, has NO REGARD for our laws and is covering up their involvement in the deaths of many people WHICH THEY HAD A DIRECT HAND IN with their illegal gun running operation. It one thing to be incompetent and lose a half billion dollars in the Solyndra debacle but when your incompetence GETS PEOPLE KILLED, it is time for people to go to jail. Brian Terry was KILLED by the US government that employed him!

    And all Obama and Holder can do is obstruct justice and withhold documents, which at this point one has to conclude, implicate them in the original operation or in the later coverup of the operation.

    June 25, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
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