President Barack Obama’s promise of a new era of “transparency” in government came crashing down last month when he invoked executive privilege to protect documents surrounding the congressional investigation of Operation Fast and Furious.
According to The Washington Post, in one of his first memos to federal agencies, President Obama said, “We will work together to ensure the public trust and establish a system of transparency, public participation, and collaboration.” Obama added, “Openness will strengthen our democracy and promote efficiency and effectiveness in Government.”
However, President Obama’s pledge of “transparency” and “openness” does not apply to Attorney General Eric Holder’s handling of Operation Fast and Furious.
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