One of the most important goals for Congressional Republicans over the next few months should be to do whatever they can to make sure that Eric Holder keeps his job as Attorney General. Republicans got beat up early in the President Obama’s administration for suggesting they hoped his policies would fail. The media just couldn’t believe that we would want policies that we abhorred to not work out, even worse, they fumed, we wanted the President to fail. Well, Eric Holder can help us avoid the trap of attacking the President – instead Republicans should focus their ire on the Attorney General.
As a black eye on this administration, Eric Holder is the gift that keeps on giving. Over the last few years his name and the Department of Justice have become synonymous with “scandal”. Let’s just run through a few of Holder’s greatest hits, shall we?
First, the HSBC money laundering scandal that rocked the financial world and proved once and for all that the banks on Wall Street operate under a different set of rules than you or I do. HSBC was caught having laundered money for Mexican drug cartels and working with Middle Eastern banks with close ties to terrorist organizations. Our Justice Department chose not to bring charges, but instead simply fined HSBC for the wrongdoings. Here is what the Attorney General said when questioned about the lack of justice:
“I am concerned that the size of some of these institutions becomes so large that it does become difficult for us to prosecute them when we are hit with indications that if you do prosecute, if you do bring a criminal charge, it will have a negative impact on the national economy, perhaps even the world economy.”
Yup. The Attorney General of the United States just said the banks were too important to prosecute.
Secondly, many of you likely remember the New Black Panther voter intimidation case that seemed to be a slam dunk, until the Justice Department chose not to prosecute. This one was made even more egregious when the Justice Department got a guilty verdict by default (they’d already won the case), and they chose not to pursue justice in punishing the criminals. No reason was ever afforded by the Justice Department for walking away from this case.
Next, two stories that at first seem to be unconnected come together in the jumbled mind of Eric Holder. It’s difficult to pin down an actual philosophy on justice when it comes to the Attorney General, and nowhere else is that more evident than in his thoughts on the War on Terror. Consider this – the AG believes it is completely reasonable to assassinate American citizens on foreign soil that we believe to be involved with terrorist organizations, but when we capture foreign terrorists in the midst of attempting terrorist attacks we afford them the rights of American citizens and give them trials in American courts. Got that? Sure, the Constitution “guarantees” you the right to due process, unless the President decides to kill you with a drone.
Fourth could arguably be the most egregious scandal of the entire administration, if not for the Constitutional issues raised by some of the other scandals. Our government under the auspices of the Justice Department has literally been giving weapons to Mexican drug cartels. Weapons, mind you, that they just turn around and use back on us! Several American justice officers have lost their lives due to this program, but thousands of Mexicans have been murdered using these same weapons that we, the United States of America, have provided to these lawless monsters. It’s a grotesque use of tax dollars and a tragic miscarriage of justice that no one at the Justice Department has been prosecuted for this terrible program.
The last of Attorney General Eric Holder’s “Greatest Hits” has to be the just unfolding AP/Fox News scandal. The absolute disdain for the First Amendment that is pouring out of the Justice Department is rampant throughout this administration. This scandal gets the top spot because of its importance in terms of the weakening of our Constitutional Rights, and also because it’s an example of how the administration protects its own. AG Holder even perjured himself before Congress, but he still has the support of the White House.
The point of all this “rehashing” of Attorney General Holder’s record isn’t to get him fired though – that seems near impossible. The point of it all is to show that the Attorney General is a gift that keeps on giving. He’s a rminder of the story of Jonah, as long as he is “on board” the ship will continue to sink. President Obama won’t be able to drive any agenda forward as long as Holder is a part of the administration, and the Republicans in Congress should keep holding his feet to the fire. They should continue investigating the malfeasance that is oozing from the Justice Department, but stop short of calling for Holder’s resignation. Instead, use Holder to press the President on questions of transparency, honesty, and integrity.
We should support the AG because as long as Eric Holder is a part of this administration, no one will take the President’s claims of open and honest government seriously.
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