QUOTES: GOP Lawmakers React to Obama's Assertion of Executive Privilege, "He Said He Was Going to Drain the Swamp; He's Turned It Into a Cesspool"
At a "conversations with conservatives" forum with GOP lawmakers on Wednesday, a handful of politicians spoke out about the contempt vote scheduled for Attorney General Eric Holder over the release of 'Fast and Furious' documents. In particular, the lawmakers took particular issue with why the White House asserted executive privilege for the documents relating to the operation.
Here's what some of them had to say:
Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID):
"What we're trying to get to the bottom of now is how for months - over a year - the White House said they had no communications with the Justice Department over Fast and Furious ... and all of a sudden the president is exerting executive privilege."
More from Rep. Raul Labrador, on Obama asserting executive privilege:
"So, apparently he was for it before he was against it."
Rep. Sandy Adams (R-FL):
This is unacceptable ... At a House Judiciary hearing a couple weeks ago he said there's a political aspect to his position. That concerns me ... The law shouldn't be colored one way or another.
Rep. Jeff Landry (R-LA):
"There's a man who lost his life. Guns were sent into another country ... This is from our Nobel
Peace Prize-winning president."
Rep. David Schweikert (R-AZ):
"He (Obama) said he was going to drain the swamp. He's turned it into a cesspool."
More from Rep. Schweikert:
"This is about people dying in my part of the country. This isn't a game."
Rep. Steve Southerland (R-FL):
"When the president exerts an executive order, that's a home alarm going off at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. There's something they don't want us to know. ... He owns it ... You all are going to be very busy."