Obama’s Attorney General, Eric Holder, is easily the most political Attorney General ever to occupy the office. After reviewing his record, one wonders why Republicans aren’t preparing to impeach him, instead of merely preparing to hold him in contempt of Congress for ignoring Congressional subpoenas related to the Fast and Furious gun running fiasco.
Holder’s transgressions of the public trust have been many, but here is a list that would have already brought howls for his scalp from the liberal press had he been a Republican.
Protecting Voter Fraud: On May 31, 2012, the Department of Justice sent a letter to the Florida Department of State, questioning the efforts of the state of Florida to protect the integrity of the election process by purging ineligible voters in what was merely the latest chapter in his crusade to protect outdated practices that encourage vote fraud. Holder has attacked practically any state effort to ensure the integrity of the ballot, including going after new voter ID laws passed in Texas and other states.
Protecting Illegal Immigration: Holder is suing or has threatened to sue any state that has made an attempt to crackdown on illegal immigration, while at the same time, he has been front and center in President Obama’s blatantly unconstitutional attempt to grant certain illegal immigrants amnesty by executive fiat. Arizona, Alabama, North Carolina, Georgia, Indiana, Texas and Utah have all been hit with threats or lawsuits from Holder over their recent attempts to get out from under the ruinous burden of illegal immigration.
Protecting Voter Intimidation: As former Justice Department attorney and whistleblower J. Christian Adams pointed out, Holder’s politically motivated actions as Attorney General started at the very beginning of his tenure. On the day that President Obama was elected in 2008, armed New Black Panthers stationed themselves outside a polling place in Philadelphia, shouting racial slurs and attempting to block legal access to the polls. Even though the Black Panther defendants in the voter intimidation lawsuit never responded to the complaint the DOJ filed after Election Day 2008, the new Obama political appointees -- led by Eric Holder -- ordered the case dismissed in May, 2009. What’s more, according to Adams, Holder was not truthful to the public or to Congress about the dismissal of the Black Panther case. He stated under oath in congressional testimony that career civil servants recommended dismissal of the matter, when in fact the highest political appointees, including the Attorney General himself, were involved in the dismissal.
Operation Fast and Furious: The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has been investigating the Justice Department since 2010, when Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BAFTE) agent Brian Terry was killed ten miles north of the Mexican-American border by men carrying guns linked to Operation Fast and Furious. As part of Operation Fast and Furious, thousands of guns were allowed to cross or “walk” across the Mexican border as part of a large operation that was either badly mismanaged -- or worse. Holder has steadfastly refused to produce documents subpoenaed by Congress as part of its investigation, and has given answers under oath that were at best inconsistent and at worst outright lies.
A Pattern of Deception: From the New Black Panther voter intimidation case, to Operation Fast and Furious, to the lawsuits and threats against the states over illegal immigration and voter fraud -- Holder has consistently made claims or offered testimony that was demonstrably false. Far from making the Department of Justice a model of integrity and the last resort of those seeking to live in a society governed by the rule of law, as J. Christian Adams noted, “The havoc Holder has created goes far beyond corruption on any single issue. The damage he has done crosses all components of the Department of Justice, and has trickled down to infect the systems of law and legal jurisprudence throughout the country. He has tried to transform the federal agency intended to be above politics into an institution advocating radical change…”
Given Holder’s many failures at the Department of Justice, one wonders why Obama keeps him around. Holder’s DOJ has been singularly unsuccessful in defending a host of Obama policies, from the broadly panned health care law oral arguments before the Supreme Court, to the failures in the prosecutions of former Senator John Edwards and baseball great Roger Clemons, to the failure of the Obama administration to bring anyone on Wall Street to justice for the meltdown of 2008, to his failed attacks on American’s Second Amendment rights... Holder’s Department has a poor record on the big issues it has handled.
However, instead of cutting Holder loose, it should come as no surprise that Eric Holder’s Boss, President Obama, has now declared that the Fast and Furious documents Holder has long withheld from Congress are covered by executive privilege. Obama will protect Eric Holder at any cost because Holder is not Attorney General to protect the Constitution; he is Attorney General to protect Obama.
As is all too often the case, the timidity of Capitol Hill Republicans is holding back what should be done -- and protecting an Attorney General who has become not the Nation’s top law enforcement officer, but one of its premier examples of contempt for the law.