… and what will the mainstream media say if he does?
Environment & Energy Daily reports:
The battle over document requests relating to the ongoing congressional Solyndra investigation escalated this week when Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee all but dared the White House to exercise its power of executive privilege.
After being rebuffed by White House legal counsel in their request for all documents relating to the bankrupt solar company that received massive government loans — including anything on the president’s BlackBerry — dating back to Obama’s first day in office, committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich) and his lead investigator Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.) informed the White House that “unless the President actually asserts a valid claim of executive privilege, the Committee is entitled to the documents responsive to its request.”
Here’s a short history on the modern usage of executive privilege:
- The Eisenhower administration invoked executive privilege to frustrate Sen. Joe McCarthy’s investigation of communist activity related to the U.S. Army. Significantly, the New York Times and Washington Post supported the Eisenhower administration’s invocation of the doctrine.
- But when the Nixon administration sought to rely on executive privilege to frustrate the Watergate investigation, the Times and Post flip-flopped and opposed the doctrine.
So it will be interesting to see whether Obama invokes the doctrine over Solyndra and what the MSM has top say about it.