In a move that evokes memories of the Watergate scandal of 1974, President Obama today invoked executive privilege in the Fast and Furious scandal, placing off limits the subpoenaed documents the Justice Department had been ordered to submit to Congress.
The move gives at least some legal protection to Attorney General Eric Holder in his ongoing dispute with Congress over the documents. But executive privilege will not protect him from a citation of contempt of Congress or possible criminal charges.
Obama's move to invoke executive privilege is eerily reminiscent of the conflict between Congress and the Executive Branch during the Watergate scandal that destroyed the presidency of Richard M. Nixon.
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