IG: Obama shouldn’t have kept Fast and Furious documents from Congress

Politics,Beltway Confidential,Joel Gehrke

Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz agreed that President Obama was wrong to assert executive privilege over documents related to Fast and Furious, saying that he “insisted” such documents appear in his report to Congress.

“We certainly found they were relevant which is why we insisted on reporting on them,” Horowitz told House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., when asked if he thought Congress should have been given access to the same documents that he received.

“Every document we asked for and reviewed and cited in this report, we found to be relevant and important,” Horowitz also said when asked if he there was “good cause” for Obama’s refusal to give Congress those documents. “And, in fact, we don’t cite in this report every single relevant document; we obviously had to pick and choose.”

Earlier this summer, Obama asserted executive privilege over thousands of document pertaining to Operation Fast and Furious, which prevented House investigators from reviewing them.

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