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Burton to Holder: Exec. privilege claim 'baloney'

Associated Press Published: February 2, 2012

Rep. Dan Burton, R-Ind., told Attorney General Eric Holder that he should be held in contempt of Congress if he continues to withhold documents from Congress pertaining to Operation Fast and Furious.

"That's baloney. That is just baloney," Burton said to Holder about his claim that executive privilege allows him to withhold the documents. "The conclusion that I come to is that there's some things in there being hidden that you don't want us to see."

Holder testified during his opening statement that "the Department [of Justice] does not intend to produce additional deliberative materials about the response to congressional oversight or media requests that post- date the commencement of congressional review." He said that his policy "reflects concerns for the constitutionally-protected separation of powers."

House Oversight and Committee Chair Darrell Issa, R-Calif., told Holder that the caselaw guarding the executive branch's executive privilege "narrow," and said that the House investigators would try "to compel" DOJ to release the documents if the caselaw did not support Holder's claim to executive privilege.

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