A House committee voted yesterday to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for refusing to turn over documents about the Operation Fast and Furious scandal, in which federal agents smuggled untraceable firearms to Mexican drug cartels.
Since the scandal first came to light two years ago, The Heritage Foundation’s Rory Cooper writes,
Attorney General Eric Holder has stonewalled Congress in its attempts to find these answers. Yesterday, President Obama joined this stonewalling effort, asserting executive privilege over many of the documents about the operation that Congress had subpoenaed but still had not received.
This Nixon-style stonewalling is unacceptable, Heritage legal scholar Todd Gaziano argues:
As a strong defender of executive power (when properly exercised) and executive privilege (when properly invoked), I am concerned when claims of executive power or privilege are abused for any reason—especially if they are invoked to shield potential wrongdoing. In addition to shielding the wrongdoing, it jeopardizes the very executive power that the President is entrusted with when Congress and the courts react—as they did in the post-Watergate era—to the abuse of power.
Cooper urges the media to get more involved with the investigation:
It is also time for the media to begin responsibly covering this scandal. For more than 16 months, only a handful of reporters have appropriately researched the facts and sought answers. Most members of the national media would not even acknowledge the existence of the scandal. Reportedly, NBC Nightly News ran its first story on the scandal just this past Tuesday.
The national media must now follow the lead of their colleagues CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson or Townhall’s Katie Pavlich and investigate the specific facts and details of the operation and administration involvement. Attkisson, as you may remember, was screamed and cussed at by White House spokesman Eric Schultz in October for asking questions about Operation Fast and Furious.
What do you think? Does the Fast and Furious scandal deserve more media attention?