It’s something you can invoke regarding private conversations to avoid the situation where nobody dares have an honest discussion with a president for fear that every word uttered might become public knowledge. It’s NOT something you can invoke to avoid actual criminal activity becoming public knowledge. But a president talking to an advisor and calling somebody a stupid c*nt, wanker, asshole or even coordinating messaging with, say, a threatened incumbent of the same stripe as a sitting president? Not criminal, and therefore you can invoke executive privilege.
But the real, REAL issue here is that you can’t invoke it unless the evidence that you’re shoving under your executive umbrella is somehow relevant to the investigation going on. And you also can’t just blanket invoke it without stating, for each and every bit of communication, just WHY it falls under “executive privilege.”
It ought to be fun to see Ogabe’s justifications there.
Still, and back to the issue, it has to be RELEVANT to the investigation. You can’t just invoke executive privilege for something that has nothing whatsoever to do with you. And since the documents that he’s now trying to hide as well as his entire life history which, obviously, is more important and secret than our international intelligence operations which have been leaking like crazy as of late in order to paint cock-gobbler Ogabe as something resembling a male with a set, are all related to Fast and Furious, they can’t bloody well BE relevant to boy king Ogabe unless he knew about the whole op, can they?
Which sort of flies in the face of what we’re told to believe by the misadministration and their OgabeMedia Steno Pool, which is that he had no idea, no IDEA that Fast and Furious even existed.
So we have the following choices here:
1) Ogabe is in no way connected to the evidence that he’s hiding under executive privilege, in which case he’s guilty of the impeachable offense of abusing his powers.
2) Ogabe is somehow tied to the evidence, in which case he is, even if his involvement is not criminal in nature, guilty of repeatedly and publicly lying about his ignorance of the whole operation, which is perjury, which is also impeachable.
3) Ogabe is tied to it in a criminal way which makes him guilty of perjury under 2) above as well as guilty of a crime.
Somehow we can’t see a scenario under which Ogabe didn’t just shoot himself in the foot here. Would have been easier to just throw Heinrich Holder under the bus with the rest of them. Unless, of course, Heinrich Holder knows stuff and wouldn’t be too happy about the tread marks on his face.
If that is the case, then we would, were we Heinrich Holder, pre-emptively throw our boss under the bus and assume the mantle of heroic whistle blower, because there is no other way for him to come out of this without a stint in the gray-bar hotel.
And to think that, just a few years ago, Scooter Libby was convicted of perjury simply because he didn’t remember, verbatim, a conversation he allegedly had years prior to that.
We’ve come a long way, haven’t we? Yes, that was sarcasm.
But Ogabe still fucked himself here. Provided that the GOP has the balls to go with it, which we’re not at all convinced that they do.