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June 20, 2012

House Government Oversight Committee Votes 23-17 In Favor Of Making "Racism" The Official Language of the US

And by that I mean they voted out a contempt finding against Holder, which now goes to the entire House for consideration.

"How can the president assert executive privilege if there was no White House involvement?" Grassley said in a statement. "How can the president exert executive privilege over documents he's supposedly never seen? Is something very big being hidden to go to this extreme?"

BTW: If this is all Bush's doing, per the very distinguished Congressthing Sheila Jackson Lee, why not disclose all the documents?

Let's finally get Bush for what he did.

Or no?

Obvious, But Worth Saying Again: Executive privilege can be invoked to protect national security secrets and, to a lesser extent, confidential advice given to the president.

It cannot be used to protect strategizing about how to lie to Congress.

But there is at least one helpful development in Holderís request that the President invoke executive privilege to shield these documents: The President now owns the consequences of further stonewalling. There is no ongoing DOJ prosecution or investigation to protect. There is no obvious reason why the President canít waive even what legitimately privileged documents there are (which is probably far fewer than the 1,300 pages being withheld).

Most of Issa's requests are about how a patently false, and now "inoperable," memo was drafted, and who authorized it, and sent the perjurious document to Congress.

Are they claiming Executive Privilege shields them from disclosing how they contrived to lie?

That dog won't hunt.

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