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Will the Real Karl Rove Please Shut Up?

Today on Fox News, Karl Rove complained about Obama’s use of executive privilege over a set of Department of Justice internal documents, calling it an “overreach” and saying “I’m not certain that that’s what the Founders thought about when they talked about executive privilege.”

Rove conveniently forgot that the very first time Bush invoked executive privilege, it was over a set of Department of Justice internal documents.

Not only that, but executive privilege is routinely used for “documents generated anywhere in the executive branch”, including the Department of Justice.

Oh, and during the same appearance, Rove suggested that Obama’s assertion of executive privilege indicates that he was involved in “Fast and Furious”. This is patently false, since the documents covered by Obama’s assertion of executive privilege were all created after the failed operation was ended.


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  1. oregonbird wrote:

    Obama invoked Executive Privilege for something far outside of his own branch. That’s the story for me. I don’t care what the Brainless Ones try to make of it, Obama has overreached his privileges. Again. And for what?! A program that the previous administration put in place and set the standards for.

    Friday, June 22, 2012 at 12:22 am | Permalink
  2. Umm..what? wrote:

    @Oregonbird – I guess facts are for the weak minded…

    http://www.usa.gov/Agencies/Federal/Executive/Justice.shtml

    Friday, June 22, 2012 at 4:37 am | Permalink
  3. Don wrote:

    OregonBird: Please explain yourself. Are you saying that the Justice Department is way outside his jurisdiction? If so, it’s part of the Executive Branch last time I checked and the head of the Executive Branch is the President. If it’s something else you’re referring to, I’d like to understand what you mean.

    Friday, June 22, 2012 at 10:08 pm | Permalink

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