By invoking executive privilege over questions about the Justice Department’s “Fast and Furious” operation, the Obama administration is making a mistake of historic proportions, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Wednesday.
Likening it to Watergate, the Georgia Republican said President Obama might be making it worse for himself.
“Had Richard Nixon after the break-ins turned over everything and said, ‘Let’s find out who’s guilty, get it over with, done, it would have been a blip. It would have gone away. He would have served his term. History would have been different,” he said. “Part of what’s involved here is American guns ending up killing an American law enforcement officer having been processed by the Justice Department to the Mexican drug cartels. This is a really serious charge. A number of Mexicans were killed by these guns. Now it turns out the whole thing was a sting that went bad. Somebody should have known about it.
“It makes you wonder, what are they trying to hide?”
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder faced questions over the sting operation, which involved the transfer of illegal guns to Mexico.
A House committee voted to find Holder in contempt of Congress for his failure to hand over documents related to the Justice Department’s actions.