Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), a member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, on Tuesday scolded CNBC’s Lawrence Kudlow for insisting that the White House or Justice Department were trying to cover up the “Fast and Furious” scandal.
The Obama administration has invoked executive privilege over documents having to do with the Justice Department’s “deliberative process” regarding the botched Operation Fast and Furious. The documents concern how to respond to congressional and media inquiries, and were created after the operation had been halted.
“Does this have the sense of a cover-up? Does the White House order of executive privilege seek to obstruct a legitimate congressional oversight function?” Kudlow first asked Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL), who agreed.
Kudlow then asked Kucinich a similar question.
“Actually, my friend, you are both wrong,” Kucinich replied. “Just because there’s an invoking of executive privilege doesn’t mean the president is implicated in doing anything wrong. There’s a fundamental misunderstanding of the nature of executive privilege here.”
Later on in the segment, Kudlow again insisted that the White House or Justice Department were trying to cover something up.
“This line of questioning ins repugnant,” Kucinich said. “The fact of the matter is even Chairman Issa on Chris Wallace’s show on Fox went and said look, ‘there wasn’t a cover-up at the White House.’ That’s what he said a couple of days ago. So where are we? In Alice and Wonderland?”
“Listen, I was chairman of an investigative subcommittee,” he added. “If I want evidence and information, I try to get it, okay? But you cannot convict someone in headlines or accuse someone of covering something up until you have real proof, even Chairman Issa isn’t asserting a cover-up in the White House. And with respect to the Department of Justice, we don’t have any evidence yet of anything that’s being covered up. I said a moment ago, was there a screw-up? Yes. A cover-up? I don’t think so.”