President Obama said he knew nothing about Fast and Furious until he heard a news report. Now he is claiming executive privilege rather than turn over documents related to the scandal, in which one U.S. border control agent died, as well as an untold number of Mexicans. So obviously the first claim was a lie.
Conventional wisdom says that the cover-up is always worse than the crime, but the administration has apparently made a calculation that it it is better to engage in a high-stakes constitutional fight before the election than to simply tell the truth. The question, then, is what is so damaging to the president that he feels compelled to cover it up? Or is all this simply some political misdirection to keep our minds off the economy?