December 25, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Eric H. Holder Jr. was sworn in as attorney general four years ago with probably more on-the-job training, credentials and expertise than any of the 81 others who have run the Justice Department. He joined its Public Integrity Section as a trial lawyer fresh out of law school, and later served as a federal judge and U.S. attorney in Washington. By the late 1990s, he was deputy attorney general. Sworn in for the top post in February 2009, Holder seemed made for the job. But what many supporters and critics say he did not bring to the office - which oversees 110,000 employees, undercover terrorism investigations, anti-drug efforts against Mexican cartels, public corruption prosecutions and civil and financial matters - is what may go down as his legacy.
June 20, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Just as the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform was about to vote Eric H. Holder Jr. in contempt of Congress for failing to comply with a subpoena for documents in the flawed Fast and Furious gun-tracking case, President Obama asserted executive privilege and backed up the attorney general's position in refusing to turn over the material. The fast-moving events Wednesday morning at the White House and on Capitol Hill significantly ratcheted up a growing constitutional clash between the two branches of the federal government, one that ultimately may not be resolved until it reaches the courts.
November 9, 2011 |
Pressure piled on Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. as he faced a barrage of questions Tuesday about his knowledge of a federal gun-trafficking sting that allowed more than 2,000 weapons to be sold illegally and why the Justice Department gave inaccurate information to Congress on its connection to the killing of a federal agent. At a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Republican lawmakers quizzed Holder on when he first learned of Operation Fast and Furious, a now-defunct program aimed at tracking guns sold in the U.S. to Mexican drug cartels.
June 29, 2012
Re "Holder loses some support," June 28 Regarding the vote to hold Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. in contempt of Congress: It's sad to think that a number of Democrats feel the need to kowtow to the National Rifle Assn. The NRA has morphed from an advocacy group for hunters into a radical mouthpiece for its largest benefactors, the gun manufacturers. Since the election of Barack Obama, the NRA has advanced the conspiracy theory that the president is somehow going to take away your guns, which coincidentally boosts gun sales.
October 18, 2011 |
In a stinging rebuke of the Obama administration and Attorney General Eric H. Holder, an amendment to prevent the Justice Department from conducting any future gun-tracking operations such as the failed "Fast and Furious" program in the future sailed unanimously through the Senate Tuesday. The vote, on an amendment to a DOJ funding bill offered by Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.), was 99-0. Cornyn proposed legislation that would end Fast and Furious and bar new gun-tracking operations.
July 12, 2011 |
Believing that the Operation Fast and Furious scandal reaches into the highest levels of the Justice Department, congressional Republicans are demanding the attorney general's office turn over a sweeping trove of emails, documents and other material to determine Washington's role in the "reckless" gun-tracing operation that allowed thousands of U.S. semiautomatic weapons to fill the arsenals of Mexican drug cartels. "As our investigation into Operation Fast and Furious has progressed," Republicans wrote Tuesday in a letter to Atty.