Jenkins Blasts Executive Privilege Use In "Fast And Furious" Investigation

By: WIBW/AP (Posted by Melissa Brunner)
By: WIBW/AP (Posted by Melissa Brunner)

(WIBW/AP) - President Obama's decision to withhold documents related to the "Operation Fast and Furious" Mexican gun smuggling investigation is drawing criticism from a Kansas Congresswoman.

The administration says it's asserting executive privilege in refusing to turn over the documents. The action led a House panel finding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt at a Wednesday hearing.

The operation is believed linked to the murder of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.

U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Kansas, says the President's decision contradicts previous statements that he's committed to an open government.

"The American public deserves transparency and confidence that any administration, regardless of party, will operate in a straightforward fashion," Jenkins said.

Jenkins represents the Kansas 2nd District. Her counterpart in the 1st District, U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp, echoed the criticism.

“The decision by President Obama to employ executive privilege to conceal evidence is quite hypocritical for the man who pledged to have the most open and transparent administration in history," Huelskamp said. "It is also revealing that the President uses executive privilege for something about which he claims to know nothing. The parents of a slain border patrol agent remain in the dark about their son’s death, yet President Obama has once again put politics and self-preservation ahead of anything and everything else.”

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