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.”
Lew also defended Obama’s use of executive privilege to hide the Fast and Furious documents from Congress by trying to argue that Obama’s administration has been the most transparent in history.
“This administration has been the most transparent ever,” Lew said, while attacking House oversight committee chairman Rep. Darrell Issa’s investigation into the scandal.Also, Holder admitted during a recent House Judiciary Committee hearing that Obama’s top re-election campaign strategist, David Axelrod, was involved in Congressional and public relations responses from the Department of Justice on Fast and Furious. Axelrod has denied that, and Virginia Republican Rep. Randy Forbes – who gleaned the Axelrod admission from Holder during the hearing – said one of the two has to be lying in this case, and he thinks Holder told the truth about Axelrod’s involvement.
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