Former AG Holder hears ‘echoes’ of Watergate; warns audience not to ‘curl up’ in fetal position
The X-AG for the USA under the Obama administration, you do remember Eric Holder, who could forget him, spoke at an event that was a fundraiser for Legal Aid At Work, a non-profit that represents low-income workers in California.
One of the most memorable comments the X-AG made; he has “grave concerns” about the rule of law with President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions in power. Are you kidding me.
If it were not for the bungling job and poor decision making he and his boss made while they were at the helm; today PDT may not have the gigantic quagmire to straighten out.
I wonder if Holder got his palm greased for making that speech? If so, he is in the same category as GWB who was instrumental in putting the vets in the hospital because of their combat injuries and then had the gooluines to change a fee for speaking at one of their events. It was either 100 or 200 G’s, plus a private jet for transportation to and from the event. That takes big ones folks!!
Holder told his audience; “You can’t just curl up in a fetal position, fighting to be done, there are lawsuits to be brought…you can never underestimate the power of the American people.”
Said like a true ambulance chaser; there are lawsuits to be brought…
The following are just a FEW of many examples of this man’s poor judgement while serving as AG.
ABC News – Sep 25, 2014, 5:15 PM ET
1. 9/11 MASTERMINDS
If Holder had his way, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, might now be on death row. But staunch political opposition to Holder’s plan to prosecute Mohammed in a Manhattan civilian court prevented the attorney general from carrying out what he thought was a “highly-detailed, formidable case” in a federal court just blocks from Ground Zero, which would have intensified the trial even more. Instead, Mohammed is still waiting in Guantanamo Bay after Holder shifted his case to military courts at the detention center in 2011, bowing to legislation that bars Guantanamo inmates from traveling to the U.S.
He told Yahoo News this week in an interview, “I will say that if my recommendation had been followed, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and his confederates would be on death row right now. Right now.”
2. MONITORING THE PRESS
Among a number of controversies during his tenure involving journalists, Holder had to temper public anger in 2013 over the Justice Department’s seizure of Associated Press phone records resulting from an AP article in May 2012.
Holder believed the article on a terrorist plot in Yemen threatened American security, and defended the Justice Department’s need to vet the AP correspondence.
The president of The Associated Press claimed he kept the story from publication until government officials had confirmed there were no national security concerns that could have resulted from the article, and White House secretary Jay Carney insisted President Obama remained a faithful guardian of First Amendment rights.
Holder’s argument came just years after dropping charges against former Justice Department lawyer Thomas Tamm, who leaked details of a Bush administration wiretapping program to the New York Times. Also in 2013, Holder denied attempting to prosecute journalists after reports revealed the Justice Department was monitoring Fox News reporter James Rosen following a story he published in 2009 on Iran.
3. OPERATION FAST AND FURIOUS
In a gunrunning sting gone awry, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives lost an estimated 1,400 weapons in Mexico — including two guns that resurfaced at the murder scene of U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry in December 2010. The following May, Holder, who technically oversees ATF, testified before the House Judiciary Committee that he had only known about the sting, dubbed “Operation Fast & Furious,” for a few weeks. But after investigators uncovered memos on Fast & Furious sent to Holder in July 2010, congressional Republicans cried foul. According to the Justice Department, however, Holder never read the memos – and an IG report later “found no evidence that Department or ATF staff informed Holder about Operation Fast and Furious prior to 2011.”
Holder repeatedly denied a DOJ cover-up, saying only, “This operation was flawed in concept, as well as in execution.” Bolstered by Obama’s assertion of executive privilege, which prevented future prosecution, Holder refused to turn over documents related to Fast and Furious, infuriating Congressional Republicans, who accused him of concealing administration failures. He was held in contempt of Congress in June 2012, marking the first time an attorney general has been held in criminal contempt.
4. GAY MARRIAGE
In 2011, the attorney general said he won’t defend Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) which rules that federal interpretation of “marriage” applies only to heterosexual couples. Last year, Holder told ABC News, “From my perspective, [gay marriage] is really the latest civil-rights issue.” So when six state attorneys general said they would not defend laws that ban gay marriage, Holder did not step in. Instead, Holder said they didn’t have to defend the laws if they believed they were unconstitutional.
Holder’s handling of the matter did not sit well with former Justice Department officials, who believed the actions of Obama’s attorney general were anti-democratic. A U.S. attorney general, as head of the Justice Department, is responsible for enforcing federal laws. One critic of Holder, former Virginia Solicitor General William H. Hurd said, “These are important issues, but the job of an attorney general is not to act as a judge and decide them. His job is to act as an advocate and defend the laws enacted through the democratic process.”
5. DRUG CRIMES
In 2013, Holder modified the Justice Department’s sentencing policy for low-level, drug-related crimes out of belief that they were discriminatory and destabilizing.
“Let’s be honest: Some of the enforcement priorities that we have set have had a destabilizing effect on particular communities … largely poor and of color, and [have been] applied inappropriately,” Holder said in a speech.
In the past, mandatory minimum sentences were implemented to discourage drug use and reduce racially-biased sentences. Holder mandated the modification so that low-level, non-violent drug offenders with no ties to gangs or cartels would no longer be charged with offenses that “impose draconian, mandatory” sentences, and would instead be sentenced on an individual basis. Since the modification last year, the federal prison population dropped by 4,800 … the first time the prison population declined since 1980.
Some way, some how, the very racist Holder manages to slide the race card (largely poor and of color) into many of his conversations. And may I say, he does it deliberately and without regrets.
Can we even imagine if we had a white AG that made similar innuendos as Holder did while in office? He would have been tarred and feather and carried out of town on a rail.
Can someone tell me the difference between a black criminal and a white criminal? They are both criminals. Don’t do the crime and you won’t have to do the time.
I am finding it very difficult to understand, using good old common-sense, how is this guy that has a track record as he does, can roll boulders at anyone??
Then we have the blinded sheep followers. The biggest problem with the PC factor in the USA is, they are too blind or ignorant to see the big bad wolves in the forest because of the trees. They don’t want to see them.
How can anyone defend ANY person that is as blatant as Holder is/was? Especially the honkies, who he has made it perfectly clear he has no use for? That is one reason I call all of the sheep that jump off the cliff; a Ship full of Fools.
They follow with no logic, reasoning or hesitation.
The Washington Times – Friday, May 12, 2017
Eric Holder: AG Jeff Sessions’ policy is ‘dumb on crime’
Did he say dumb on crime?? If I am not mistaken, the crime rate in the USA escalated substantially while Mr. O and his side-kick were I power.
07/18/2016 10:50 PM EDT
GOP speakers see crime surge under Obama, but record is mixed
I say let the records speak for themselves.
Those who live in fragile domiciles should never join the Boulders Rollers Club.