Was Obama Involved With Fast And Furious?
White House chief of staff Jack Lew on Sunday would neither confirm nor deny whether President Barack Obama himself is involved in the Operation Fast and Furious cover-up.
Appearing on CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley, Lew refused to answer when asked if Fast and Furious documents now protected by Obama’s executive order detail consultations with the president himself.
“There has to be the ability for a president to get confidential advice,” Lew told Crowley. “There has to be an ability for Congress to use its speech and debate clause.”
Crowley followed up by pushing Lew about the level of the president’s involvement in Fast and Furious.
“Were there things in the documents that involved consultation with the president?” she asked Lew. “Is that why you invoked executive privilege?”
Lew balked and accused Republicans of playing politics.
“I’m not going to speak to the specific documents,” he responded. “There was an unprecedented amount of cooperation and providing insight into all the decisions made up to the point of the correction that Congress was given about the policy itself and about the testimony. What they are looking for now are internal kinds of documents that they know are not appropriate.”