Fast and Furious: For Real, Not the Movie

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What Was the White House's Position?

The White House fully backed Holder and intervened by asserting executive privilege over the contested documents because, it said, the documents are covered under "presidential communications privilege." But the panel moved forward with the contempt vote, which passed along party lines by 23 to 17. Republican lawmakers argued that the White House asserted executive privilege because it was "hiding" something, a claim that spokesman Jay Carney denounced.

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