The Fast and Furious scandal took a new and genuinely telling turn today when President Barack Obama claimed that the documents not released to the Congressional and Senatorial oversight committees chaired by Congressman Issa and Senator Grassley were covered by executive privilege. In making this assertion, President Obama tacitly confessed that he was somehow involved in the planning that underpinned the Fast and Furious program and its implementation -- for no competent lawyer would ever suggest that executive privilege extends to conversations and other communications about policy within a government agency in which the President of the United States is not a participant.
So we are now faced with a new set of questions. How much did Barack Obama know? And when did he know it? And what purpose did he and those in his administration who conspired to smuggle guns to the drug gangs in Mexico have in mind?
The thought plickens.
Update: Mark Levin has provided an exceedingly lucid account of the manner in which Congressman Issa should now proceed.
Second update: Here you can find the judgment of this question that a United States Senator voiced in 2008: “With respect to the ‘core’ of executive privilege, the Supreme Court has not resolved this question, and reasonable people have debated it. My view is that executive privilege generally depends on the involvement of the president and the White House.” The Senator's name was Barack Obama.