Justice Department

Watchdogs Slam Obama’s Perez Power Play

Bill McMorris, Washington Free Beacon

“[Labor Sect.] Tom Perez as Attorney General is a scary thought. If Perez is allowed to operate the DOJ the way he has run the Labor Dept., he'll consistently put the priorities of the president’s key political backers ahead of the rights of regular Americans."

Holder, DOJ Contempt Case to Move Forward

Stephen Dinan, Washington Times

Eric Holder and the DOJ still face contempt of Congress charges that'll linger after he leaves. Analysts said Holder, the first sitting Cabinet official to face a contempt citation from Congress, will likely duck any legal punishment, though his dept.

GOP to Obama: Don't Replace Holder in Lame-Duck Congress

Benjamin Goad, The Hill

Conservatives are warning Obama against using a lame-duck session of Congress to push through Attorney General Eric Holder's replacement, even as the White House signals its intention to fill the post quickly.

Report: DOJ Expert Witnesses Abused Funds

Jonah Bennett, Daily Caller

A recent Inspector Gen. report shows that the Dept. of Justice spent millions on unnecessary expert witnesses, who often broke the rules by splurging on hotels and first class flights. The report reviewed 729 expert witness files; at least 10% of the sample had misuse of funds totaling $15 million.

Clearest Sign Yet the GOP Will Take the Senate

Erick Erickson, Red State

The only reason Eric Holder would do this now, before the mid-term elections, is if he was pretty sure he’d have to deal with a Repub. Senate next year. Eric Holder resigning is another sign the Dems. are worried.

GOP on Holder's Exit: ‘Good Riddance’

Peter Sullivan, The Hill

The announcement of A.G. Eric Holder's resignation set off a fiery reaction from Repub. lawmakers, many of who wished him good riddance on Twitter. In 2012, all but two House R's voted to hold him in contempt for refusing to comply with part of a subpoena for items related to "Fast and Furious." 

Eric Holder To Resign

Benjamin Goad, The Hill

Attorney General Eric Holder, one of Obama’s longest serving lieutenants, will announce his resignation Thurs. Holder was widely rumored to have been planning his departure before the unrest in Ferguson thrust the DOJ into the national spotlight.

Undercover Hero Wins Landmark Case Against DOJ

Alfred S. Regnery, Chairman of Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund for Daily Caller

The DOJ is creating real barriers between those who protect us and the communities they are meant to serve. The Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund proudly contributed to Jay Dobyns’ defense, and will continue to stand alongside officers who risk everything for the country. 

Holder Staffer Involved in Sleazy Effort to Undermine House IRS Investigation

Jonathan Strong, Breitbart

A senior communications aide to Attorney General Eric Holder, Brian Fallon, seemingly called House oversight committee chairman Darrell Issa's staff by accident and asked for their help spinning new revelations about the IRS scandal, Issa said in a 9/8 letter to Holder.

James Woods Challenges Eric Holder: Prove You're Not a Real Racial Coward

Matthew Burke, Tea Party News Network

AG Eric Holder said in '09 that ‘when it comes to racism, America is a nation of cowards.’ Conservative actor James Woods tweeted: "This is a direct challenge to Eric Holder: Are you, Sir, going to Memphis, TN to address the Kroger racial hate crime?

Activist Holder DOJ Behind Suppression of Michael Brown Video

Debra Heine, Breitbart

The Holder Justice Dep't pressured the Ferguson Police Dept. not to release the tape showing the latest left-wing cause celeb to be a violent criminal. Holder has also ordered another autopsy in addition to the state-performed autopsy. 

Justice's IRS Connection

Wall Street Journal Staff

The lawyer who had tax-exempt cases coming and going. It was fishy enough when Dem. donor Barbara Bosserman was appointed to lead the Justice Dept. investigation of IRS targeting of conservative groups.

Independence 'Born' with Lawsuit vs. Bureaucrats

Mark J. Fitzgibbons, American Thinker

Private lawsuits against the IRS and some law-breaking officials, however, are having positive effect, and are certainly doing more than the Department of Justice to hold the government accountable.

Cruz: Thin Justice Argument to Dismiss Rand Paul NSA Suit

Melanie Batley, Newsmax

Ted Cruz says a DOJ request that a federal judge dismiss a class-action lawsuit filed by Sen. Rand Paul against the NSA is based on "highly dubious" legal grounds. Paul filed the suit in the aftermath of revelations about the agency’s mass collection of personal info.

Obama Aims to Give Clemency to More Drug Offenders

Sandy Fitzgerald, Newsmax

Nonviolent drug convicts who have served long sentences could leave prison sooner, as President Barack Obama plans to consider additional clemency applications, Attorney General Eric Holder said.

RED ALERT: Internal IRS Documents Show Lerner in Contact With DOJ on Potential Prosecution of Tax-Exempt Groups

A May 9, 2013, email reveals IRS plans to meet with the Department of Justice over whether to prosecute groups that “lied” about plans for political activity.

Gohmert: Holder Will Comply if Repubs. Win Back Senate

The Right Scoop Staff

Louie Gohmert says the Senate is protecting Holder from complying with Congress, otherwise they would just start defunding areas of the DOJ that wouldn’t give over the documents. He goes on to say if Republicans win back the Senate, they'll likely be able to get Holder to begin complying with document requests.

House GOP May Arrest Lois Lerner

Joel Gehrke, Washington Examiner

House Ways and Means Committee Republicans aren't ruling out the use of the chamber's "inherent contempt" authority if A.G. Eric Holder refuses to act on the panel's accusations against former IRS official Lois Lerner.

Republicans to Holder: Spill Lerner Details

Bernie Becker, The Hill

House Repubs. urged the DOJ to provide details about an interview with former IRS official Lois Lerner. In a letter to Eric Holder, Darrell Issa and Rep. Jim Jordan accused the DOJ of standing in the way of their investigation into the improper scrutiny that the IRS gave to conservative groups.

Bypassing Congress, DOJ Plans to Expand Gun Background Checks

Awr Hawkins, Breitbart

The Department of Justice is preparing to announce an expansion of background checks based on executive orders Obama issued in Jan. '13. The expansion consists of "three changes to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS)."