Rick Perry: Obama Executive Privilege Use In Fast And Furious Controversy Is 'Nixonian'

06/24/2012 09:21 pm ET | Updated Jun 25, 2012

Texas Governor Rick Perry lashed out at Obama's use of executive privilege on Sunday, comparing the president's actions to those of Richard Nixon during the Watergate scandal.

During an appearance on "Face the Nation," Perry told host Bob Schieffer that the botched Fast and Furious gun-walking operation was an example of Obama's failures as president.

"If this president over the last three and a half years had made any effort to secure the border instead of running operations like Fast and Furious, where I mean Bob, you got to admit this is almost Nixonian, if not absolutely Nixonian and the cover-up that’s going on with this Fast and Furious," Perry said.

Perry continued: "I mean with Watergate, you had a second rate burglary and now you have a president who's using his executive privilege to keep that information from Congress. If that's not Nixonian, then I don't know what is, Bob."

Last week, Obama asserted the right of executive privilege over documents related to the Fast and Furious program. Obama's action came just hours before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform voted to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress. The full House is scheduled to vote on the matter this week.

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), who has led the charge against Holder in recent months, also spoke out about the controversy on Sunday. In an interview with Fox News' Chris Wallace, Issa said that Congress had found no evidence that Obama or anyone at the White House was involved in a cover-up.

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