I, and other writers on this blog have compared Fast and Furious to Watergate and this morning Obama, by claiming executive privilege for the subpoenaed Justice Department documents, drove that point home. The Supreme Court has drawn very clear and very narrow boundaries on executive privilege. Basically executive privilege is limited to matters of vital national interest and personal conversations of the president and top White House aides. Remember Karl Rove did not seek executive privilege in the Valerie Plame investigation.
Holder has put himself in a box by claiming that the White House had no involvement in F&F and now Obama, by his claim of executive privilege has closed the box. If the White House did know of F&F Holder had better be looking up Roger Clement's lawyers because he's in the same predicament except his remarks are on C-Span's video tape. If Obama didn't know his claim of executive privilege is spurious. As Brit Hume remarked almost a year ago: "This has the smell of cover up all over it". Deja vu!