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 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.
April 18, 2012 |
I don't often agree with what I read in the National Review, but NR contributor (and war on terror hawk) Andrew McCarthy has a point in a column in which he excoriates Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. for "canoodling" with the Rev. Al Sharpton. Writes McCarthy: "This week, our esteemed attorney general canoodled with Reverend Al at the annual convention of the 'National Action Network,' home base for the infamous huckster (that would be Sharpton, not Holder -- sorry for any confusion)
January 30, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Assistant Atty. Gen. Lanny A. Breuer, who boosted white-collar prosecutions and oversaw the investigation into the 2010 Gulf Coast oil spill, announced that he would resign as one of the longest-serving chiefs of the Justice Department's Criminal Division. Breuer, whose resignation is effective March 1, had been expected to leave after President Obama's first term. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, noted that Breuer was the third top Justice Department official to depart after the department's inspector general reviewed Fast and Furious, the program that allowed illegal gun sales along the Arizona-Mexico border in an effort to trace them to drug cartels.