Issa: We Got a Lie, a Cover-Up

Fast and Furious fallout continues

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 24, 2012 12:50 PM CDT

(Newser) – Darrell Issa was busily holding Eric Holder in contempt all over the Sunday talk show circuit today, blasting the Justice Department and White House alike in the Fast and Furious fiasco, telling Meet the Press that "We got a lie, we got a cover-up." The House Oversight Committee chair told This Week that were President Obama to back off the executive privilege he's exercised over certain documents, "we might in fact dismiss contempt" charges against Holder. But “The Supreme Court has upheld [that] there cannot be executive privilege over cover-up of crime. Lying to Congress is a crime. We have every right to see documents, to say, did you know, when did you know, what did you know, including, even the president." Issa did, however, concede that there was no evidence the White House was involved in the botched guns operation, saying, "And I hope they don't get involved. I hope it stays at Justice, and Justice cooperates." Elsewhere on your Sunday dial, as per Politico:

  • Rick Perry on President Obama's role in Fast and Furious: "Now you have a president who is using his executive privilege to keep that information from Congress. If that's not Nixonian, then I don't know what it is." Perry then underscored the lives lost, saying, "With Watergate you had a second-rate burglary."
  • George Will on why the GOP is targeting Holder: "Mr. Holder himself has made himself obnoxious to Republicans by saying, unlike the Supreme Court, that photo ID laws constitute voter suppression. "Now we're getting to the real issue," added Dem consultant Hilary Rosen.
  • Marco Rubio on his vice presidential prospects again: "I'm not discussing the vice-presidential process anymore. I am confident, based on his life-long record of making good decisions, that Mitt Romney will make a great selection for vice president."
  • Tim Pawlenty on his veep prospects: “I have indicated that I think I can best serve Gov. Romney in other ways, particularly as a volunteer and surrogate speaker in places he can’t go."

Darrell Issa considers whether to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress, on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, June 20, 2012.
Darrell Issa considers whether to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress, on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, June 20, 2012.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Attorney General Eric Holder speaks to reporters following his meeting on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, June 19, 2012.
Attorney General Eric Holder speaks to reporters following his meeting on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, June 19, 2012.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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