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Obama invokes executive privilege blocking subpoena

by Patt Morrison

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Attorney General Eric Holder (2nd R) and Deputy Attorney General James Cole (4th L) walk through Statuary Hall after meeting with House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa in the U.S. Captiol June 19, 2012 in Washington, DC. Issa and Holder did not appear to find any more common ground about the release of documents related to the Fast and Furious program and the committee plans to move forward Wednesday with a vote to hold Holder in contempt of Congress. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Barack Obama raised a storm of criticism and media coverage this morning when he invoked executive privilege to prevent White House documents from being released to congress.

The documents requested covered Attorney General Eric Holder's 'Fast & Furious' sting operation, in which over 2,000 firearms were lost by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms. The guns then ended up in the hands of Mexican drug cartels, and were found to be involved with the death of at least one US Border Patrol agent. Despite the uproar over President Obama's invocation of executive privilege, U.S. presidents have used this for decades, if not centuries.

Join Patt as she takes a look at various instances of executive privilege used throughout United States history -- those that have caused suspicion and wariness, and those that went unnoticed.


David Mark, senior editor, POLITICO

Congressman Adam Schiff, represents California's 29th Congressional District, including the communities of Alhambra, Altadena, Burbank, Glendale, Griffith Park, Monterey Park, Pasadena, San Gabriel, South Pasadena, and Temple City

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