By Amie Parnes - 06/21/12 06:04 PM EDT
White House press secretary Jay Carney said on Thursday that there is “absolutely” no White House cover-up when it comes to Department of Justice documents sought in the House investigation of the "Fast and Furious" controversy.
During a briefing with reporters, Carney maintained that Obama's use of executive privilege on Wednesday was based on principle.
But during the briefing, Carney maintained that the White House has cooperated with congressional investigators saying, lawmakers have “been provided an enormous number of documents” and that Attorney General Eric HolderEric H. HolderRacial undercurrents inflame Uber fight over background checks Chaffetz seeks to hold Obama official in contempt over water rule Eric Holder goes to bat for Uber MORE has testified on Capitol Hill eight times.
“This has gone on for months and months and months,” he said. “The assertion of privilege has to do with the absolute necessity of retaining the executive branch's independence.”
Asked if he can categorically say there was no cover-up involved, Carney responded, “absolutely.”
Carney reiterated on Thursday that the matter being pushed by Republicans is purely political.
“What this is about after all this time ... is an attempt to score political points,” Carney said, adding, “it's a flawed attempt.”