Somehow, the Mueller report is still the talk of the town. It was finished and publicly released. It clearly showed that President Trump and his campaign team committed no wrongs. There was absolutely no Russian collusion, and without a crime, it seems silly to even suggest that obstruction of justice was possible.
It seems even more ridiculous to suggest justice was obstructed when the report was completed in full and published. What the Democrats are doing now is absolute, panic-driven insanity.
Despite that, they’ve forced President Trump to invoke executive privilege to protect Barr and allow the Attorney General to do his job and obey the law. The left will paint this as nefarious and indicative of guilt, but executive privilege is a normal operation in the federal government. To prove this point, we’ll review the three times Obama used executive privilege.
Net Worth Sweep
Since Obama never had any scandals, it’s no wonder you aren’t familiar with this story. It dates back to 2012, so he was nearing the end of his first term. Net Worth Sweep was the nickname given to a piece of legislation that specifically targeted Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
After the housing bubble burst and the economy went sideways, a lot of changes were made to mortgage law in a short time. One of the major results of those changes is that the federal government seized billions in mortgage profits from lenders. This included money illegally taken from Fannie and Freddie investors.
Net Worth Sweep was designed to take a closer look at those processes and potentially reimburse investors who were harmed by the government’s actions. As part of the legislation, Obama’s offices were required to turn over roughly 11,000 documents to Congress.
Instead, Obama invoked executive privilege and kept the secrets in the dark. There’s no question that he did it to hide compromising information that likely helped some of his closest allies get rich. Regardless, everyone agreed that this was within the President’s power and you never heard a word about it.
This scandal took place right after the crash. Obama assumed office in 2009, and Congress, desperately trying to deal with the crashed economy, launched an investigation into the SEC. They had evidence that the SEC had contributed to the crash by failing to act on harmful information they had uncovered.
None of this happened under Obama’s watch, but despite that, he invoked executive privilege to protect the SEC members from scrutiny. With Obama’s decree, they were spared Congressional hearings and any wrongdoing that may have occurred never came to light.
It might seem weird that Obama would protect officials from the previous administration, but when you consider how much power he accrued in the name of fighting the recession, it starts to make sense.
Fast and Furious
This one you might actually remember. Again, Obama never had a scandal, so clearly this wasn’t a big deal. The operation dubbed “Fast and Furious” was a joint operation in the federal government that saw ATF members sell illegal weapons to Mexican drug cartels.
Supposedly, the plan was to track the weapons and get a better understanding of the cartels’ weapon distribution systems. The reality is that they used these weapons to fight law enforcement, and a U.S. Border Patrol Agent was killed in the process.
With a dead American in the mix, Congress took investigative action. They subpoenaed documents related to the investigation. Eric Holder, the Attorney General at the time, refused to cooperate. He was held in contempt by Congress. In response, Obama invoked executive privilege, and that was pretty much the end of the story. No oversight happened, and Holder remained in his office for its full run.
If Fast and Furious sounds familiar, it’s because it’s almost step-by-step identical to what is happening in regards to the Mueller report. The major difference is that the Mueller report decisively found that no crime was committed, and nobody died as a consequence.
Here’s what matters most. Despite the shady circumstances in each of Obama’s cases of executive privilege, he actually invoked it less than most modern presidents. This is a normal thing, and President Trump is certainly within his authority. Most importantly, anyone who would defend Obama’s actions during Fast and Furious and condemn President Trump now is a hypocrite. That goes for basically every member of mainstream media.