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A screen shot from a video of a congressional hearing during which Democratic Georgia Rep. Hank Johnson made his now infamous  A screen shot from a video of a congressional hearing during which Democratic Georgia Rep. Hank Johnson made his now infamous 'tip over and capsize' remark.  

Rep. Hank Johnson claims Eric Holder asserted executive privilege over Fast and Furious; he didn’t

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Matthew Boyle
Investigative Reporter

Georgia Democratic Rep. Hank Johnson doesn’t know who invoked executive privilege  or why it was even invoked, but he made a statement Tuesday on the House floor defending it.

Johnson falsely claimed Attorney General Eric Holder asserted executive privilege over Operation Fast and Furious documents during his statement – as opposed to President Barack Obama, who actually invoked it.

Johnson said “there may be some whiff of discoverable information” in internal communication documents from the Department of Justice that Obama is asserting privilege over. “But they’re covered by executive privilege,” Johnson continued.

He went on to incorrectly claim Holder was the one who asserted privilege and that “we have to trust” that there was a need for executive privilege in the first place.

“You really don’t know why the attorney general has invoked executive privilege on those issues – executive privilege on those issues but we have to trust the fact there is good reason for that to be the case,” Johnson said, before going on to claim House Republicans are partaking in a “cheap political stunt” by holding Holder in contempt.

It’s unclear if Johnson will correct his false statement. A spokesman didn’t immediately return The Daily Caller’s request for comment.

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