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Perry on Obama's Use of Executive Privilege: 'If That's Not Nixonian, Then I Don't Know What Is


"With Watergate, you had a second-rate burglary."

Texas Governor and one-time Republican presidential contender Rick Perry on Sunday accused President Barack Obama of engaging in a "Nixonian" cover-up with regard to Operation Fast and Furious.

Obama asserted executive privilege last week over documents sought in a congressional investigation into the flawed gun-running program, just hours before the House Oversight Committee voted to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt for not turning the documents over.

“We've had over 300 Mexican nationals killed directly attributable to this Fast and Furious operation where they brought those guns into Mexico, and a former Marine and a Border Patrol agent by the name of Brian Terry lost his life," Perry said on CBS’s "Face the Nation." "I mean, with Watergate, you had a second-rate burglary. And now you have a president who is using his executive privilege to keep that information from Congress. If that's not Nixonian, then I don't know what is."

Watch the clip below, via CBS:

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