May 14, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. on Tuesday strongly defended the criminal investigation into the leak of classified details about a successful U.S. undercover operation, calling it "within the top two or three most serious leaks" of government-protected information since he became a federal prosecutor more than 35 years ago. The attorney general said he had recused himself earlier from overseeing the investigation into who told the...
April 12, 2013 |
Saying too many homes have been lost “to bank malfeasance or error,” Sen. Barbara Boxer called for federal investigations into whether banks are breaking the consumer-protection pledges they made in last year's $26-billion settlement of foreclosure-abuse investigations. “I am extremely concerned over reports that banks continue to violate the rights of homeowners and the terms of the National Mortgage Settlement,” Boxer (D-Calif.) said in a letter to U.S. Atty. Gen. Eric Holder, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan, and Joseph A. Smith, the official monitor for the settlement.
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.
September 20, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- Democrats on Capitol Hill insisted a new independent report into deep failures in Operation Fast and Furious on the Southwest border vindicates the top leadership at the Department of Justice in the flawed gun-tracking program, while Republicans said it showed that Atty. Gen. Eric Holder's “inner circle” does not adequately serve the country's top law enforcement official. On Wednesday, the Justice Department's inspector general concluded that Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents; federal prosecutors in Phoenix; and top ATF and DOJ officials in Washington are all to blame for losing some 2,000 firearms on the U.S.-Mexico border after agents purposely allowed illegal gun purchases in hopes of tracking Mexican cartel leaders.
September 19, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - A gun-trafficking investigation on the Southwest border that went awry was a "significant danger to public safety," according to an independent government report that recommended that the Department of Justice consider disciplining 14 officials, from field agents in Arizona to top managers in Washington. Less than an hour after those findings were announced, two of the officials - Kenneth E. Melson, the former acting head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; and Deputy Assistant Atty.
August 10, 2012 |
Music and chanted prayers floated to the rafters of a Wisconsin gymnasium Friday as hundreds gathered to pay their respects to the six people killed at a Sikh temple Sunday. Dozens of mourners filed past the open caskets of the one woman and five men gunned down during Sunday services at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin. Hundreds more, wearing head coverings in respect for Sikh beliefs, found seats on the gymnasium floor as civic and religious leaders prepared to speak. “Although we have been brought together by an unspeakable and devastating tragedy, we are bound together by far more,” U.S. Atty. Gen.
June 29, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - The day after the Supreme Court dealt him a major victory, President Obama moved on to fighting other fires - literally - as he traveled to Colorado to check on a blaze that has destroyed hundreds of homes. The moment captured a truth about Obama's tenure: From the day he took office in the midst of an economic crisis, he has rarely had the luxury of a victory lap. Instead, in a stubbornly lackluster economy, the most that administration officials generally can claim is credit for avoiding disasters, achievements typically followed by questions about when that sad state of affairs will improve.
June 28, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - The House of Representatives found Eric H. Holder Jr. in contempt of Congress on Thursday, creating a bitter political break between the two branches of government. If successful, the action would force Holder to turn over 1,500 pages of material dealing with how he and other Justice Department officials dealt with the scandal after it became public in what Republicans suspect was a cover-up to hide their involvement in the Fast and Furious gun-tracking operation.