I love the sound of a dodging politician in the morning. It sounds like inevitability.
White House chief of staff Jack Lew on Sunday would neither confirm nor deny whether President Barack Obama himself is involved in the Operation Fast and Furious cover-up.
Appearing on CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley, Lew refused to answer when asked if Fast and Furious documents now protected by Obama’s executive order include consultation with the president himself.
“There has to be the ability for a president to get confidential advice,” Lew said in response to Crowley pressing him on the reasons for asserting privilege. “There has to be an ability for Congress to use its speech and debate clause.”
Crowley followed up, pushing him on whether that means Obama was involved.
“Were there things in the documents that involved consultation with the president?” she asked Lew. “Is that why you invoked executive privilege?”
“I’m not going to speak to the specific documents,” he responded, ducking the question. “There was an unprecedented amount of cooperation and providing insight into all the decisions made up to the point of the correction that Congress was given about the policy itself and about the testimony. What they are looking for now are internal kinds of documents that they know are not appropriate.”
It is my sincere wish that those who created and approved Operation Fast and Furious, along with those covering it up, are convicted in courts of law in both the United States and Mexico, and get to experience the maximum sentence both nations have to offer.