As you may have heard (or not, if you watch NBC News), the House Congressional panel that's investigating the illegal transfer of guns to drug cartels in Mexico was just about to hold a vote to place Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for his less-than-full disclosure about his role in the program.
Then President Obama stepped in to invoke Executive Privilege which essentially prevents Congress from receiving the documents it was seeking from the Department of Justice.
This is a complex issue and I'm still digesting all the information on it. It appears that Operation Fast and Furious was an attempt by this administration to turn public sentiment against one of our most revered Constitutional rights to gun ownership by turning loose a large amount of guns to some very dangerous people. This program resulted in the murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and some 200 Mexican citizens.
This investigation has been going on since 2011, and virtually ignored by the mainstream media, save for Sharyl Atkisson of CBS.
President Obama had pretty much stayed above it all except to signal his support for Holder. But his citing of executive privilege yesterday now implicates him.
Is this unprecedented? No, it's been done before, most notably by Richard Nixon during the Watergate investigation. That ultimately led him to resign and sent the Republican Party into the wilderness for a generation or so back in the mid-1970's. Other presidents have done it on various occasions.
Here are a few links from when George Bush did it.
Harry Reid: "It's like saying, I'm King."
Katie Couric's Perky Colon: "People in power being above the law."
And finally, then-Senator Obama calling for Bush's AG to resign and "trying to hide behind" executive privilege. (h/t to Breitbart.com)
Many federal laws were broken which could amount to something called "high crimes and misdemeanors."