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It’s Time To Fire Eric Holder

May 31, 2013 by  

It’s Time To Fire Eric Holder
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Attorney General Eric Holder appeared before a House Judiciary Committee hearing on judicial oversight on May 15.

Did the Attorney General of the United States commit perjury when he appeared before the House Judiciary Committee two weeks ago? It sure looks like it.

Eric Holder was testifying about the growing scandal over the Justice Department’s seizure of telephone records of some Associated Press reporters and editors. Representative Hank Johnson (D-Ga.), one of the committee members, asked him if the Justice Department thought it could use the Espionage Act of 1917 to prosecute reporters.

Holder offered what appeared to be a straightforward reply. He said, “In regard to potential prosecution of the press for the disclosure of material — this is not something I’ve ever been involved in, heard of, or would think would be wise policy.”

Ah, but we later learned that is precisely what Holder’s agency had done against James Rosen, a reporter for FOX News. The Justice Department warrant authorizing the seizure of Rosen’s emails declared that there was “probable cause” to believe the reporter violated the Espionage Act “at the very least, either as an aider, abettor and/or co-conspirator.”

Based on this extraordinary accusation, a Federal judge agreed to the Justice Department’s request for a secret search warrant for Rosen’s private Gmail account. And guess what? The person who signed the Justice Department affidavit making those allegations was none other than the head man himself, Holder.

And while some of Holder’s defenders claim that he had just scribbled his signature on a whole bunch of papers his staff put in front of him, apparently this isn’t true either. Several reports say that he “carefully vetted” the Rosen paperwork.

It appears that the top boss at Justice knew exactly what he was doing when he ordered the surreptitious search of a reporter’s emails. So much for Holder’s claim that this is “not something I’ve ever been involved in.” As Desi Arnaz used to say to Lucille Ball, the Attorney General has “got some ’splainin’ to do.”

Of course, this was also the case three years ago, when Congress tried to find out what went wrong in Operation Fast and Furious. You’ll recall that this was a botched effort by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to trace how weapons went from the United States to Mexican drug cartels. Some 2,000 firearms went missing from the program. One of those weapons subsequently was used in Arizona to kill U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian A. Terry.

Congressional investigators looking into the fiasco asked Holder to give them certain documents relating to the Fast and Furious program, since ATF is a part of the Justice Department. When he refused, they served him with a subpoena demanding them. President Barack Obama then asserted executive privilege, and the Administration refused to surrender them.

As a result, the House of Representatives voted to hold the Attorney General in contempt of Congress. To no one’s surprise, the Justice Department refused to prosecute the case.

The Administration was able to protect its guy back then. But even many Democrats are starting to question Holder’s veracity now. Representative John Conyers, the ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, says he is “deeply troubled” by some of the Justice Department’s actions. But he’s willing to give Holder the benefit of the doubt… at least for now.

“Certainly, it is fair to ask additional questions about the Rosen investigation, and any role the attorney general may have played in it,” Conyers said in a statement. Then he added, “[B]ut I do not believe it credible to level charges that he may have intentionally misled the committee on this matter before we know the facts of the case in question.”

So what will the facts ultimately reveal? Did the Attorney General perjure himself this time around? Representative Peter King (R-N.Y.) is one of many people who seem to think so. He said, “There’ve been other people over the years indicted for perjury or tried for perjury on a lot less evidence than that.”

The House Judiciary Committee has sent Holder a letter, asking him to explain the apparent discrepancy between his actions against Rosen and what he told the committee when he testified under oath on May 15. Representative Robert W. Goodlatte (R-Va.), the committee chairman, said, “We will withhold judgment on what the attorney general’s actions constitute until we give an opportunity for him to explain himself.”

Even Obama said a couple of days ago that he is “troubled” about these apparent assaults on the freedom of the press by the Justice Department. But, hey, not to worry: He is going to ask Holder to investigate matters and report back to him.

In other words, the President will ask the fox to look into what’s been happening in the chicken coop. That should make everyone feel better, shouldn’t it?

One liberal law professor has had enough. In a powerful column in USA Today, Jonathan Turley, the Shapiro Professor of Public Interest Law at George Washington University, said that a hallmark of Holder’s service as attorney general has been his unquestioned loyalty to Obama:

“When the president promised CIA employees early in his first term that they would not be investigated for torture, it was the attorney general who shielded officials from prosecution.

“When the Obama Administration decided it would expand secret and warrantless surveillance, it was Holder who justified it.

“When the president wanted the authority to kill any American he deemed a threat without charge or trial, it was Holder who went public to announce the ‘kill list’ policy.”

But now, Turley says, the Justice Department has gone too far. “The attorney general has done little in his tenure to protect civil liberties or the free press,” the law professor wrote. “Rather, Holder has supervised a comprehensive erosion of privacy rights, press freedom and due process.”

Turley says the Justice Department’s sweeping surveillance of journalists represents “the greatest attack on the free press in decades.” And he has had enough. “I am neither a Republican nor conservative,” he declared, “and I believe Holder should be fired.”

Right now, the Attorney General is scrambling to protect himself. While he claims that the Justice Department hasn’t violated any laws or guidelines, he admits that the rules “need to be updated.” And he called the controversy “an opportunity for the department to consider how we strike the right balance between the interests of law enforcement and freedom of the press.”

Nice try, Holder, but it won’t work. Better dust off your resume and start exploring opportunities in the private sector, as the soon-to-be-departed like to say. Looks like we can color you gone. And it’s about time.

Until next time, keep some powder dry.

–Chip Wood

Chip Wood

is the geopolitical editor of PersonalLiberty.com. He is the founder of Soundview Publications, in Atlanta, where he was also the host of an award-winning radio talk show for many years. He was the publisher of several bestselling books, including Crisis Investing by Doug Casey, None Dare Call It Conspiracy by Gary Allen and Larry Abraham and The War on Gold by Anthony Sutton. Chip is well known on the investment conference circuit where he has served as Master of Ceremonies for FreedomFest, The New Orleans Investment Conference, Sovereign Society, and The Atlanta Investment Conference.

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  • Steve

    I don’t understand how they are leaving O bc Ma out of all this. He covered up the Fast n Furious gun deal when he used executive decision to protect Holder from prosecution. He basically with held information in an attempted investigation. Fire & prosecute both of them!

  • http://Personellibertyalert Paul

    Right on all charges against Holder . Guilty , on accounts of injustice on the American people.

  • Fay Guht

    Computer: define crypto-fascist sociopath……….

  • syzorax

    Criminal! Lets say it like it is! This current
    Administration is full of them! Vote Dem and
    liberal, and you get criminals!

  • mark

    Wow – can’t belive no one is calling for his arrest. Surely this type of behavoir should end in the arrest and incarceration of someone who has vilolated the constitution and the rule of law.

  • http://Yahoo LB Duncan

    What goes around comes around!! 😡

  • http://Yahoo LB Duncan

    What goes around comes around!! 👺

  • http://PersonalLibertyDigest Tim

    Gee..and why would Eric With-holder feel the need to scramble to protect himself? As has been demonstrated abundantly in the article he always has the King Obama card to play . And PLEASE stop throwing out appeasement statements King O like “I am troubled”..any gesture or expression on your part is just so much b.s.! Both you and Holder should be sharing the same cell! That’s not racist…that is plain fact!

  • Steve

    Yes Eric Holder needs to be removed.

  • Zeropoint123

    It’s not enough to just fire Holder, he needs to be prosecuted to the fullest extent… Along with his cohorts !!! Anybody else in the “free world??” would be…!

  • Denine

    My God! If this was a conservative administration, the media would be having a feeding frenzy! Why can’t the liberals just admit when one of theirs is wrong? I hope and pray this great country can survive.

  • Brent black

    If holder is simply fired, we are finished as a country of law and order. That man has to go to prison like any one of us would.

  • Ron r

    No matter the spelling I expressed am opinion and again u have been on this page for some time now. I served as you did longer and no lees honorable. What Reagan was expressing was the fear he had of armed panthers in the streets of Oakland . You can call it a knee jerk reaction if you want but the NRA saw fit at the time to be in favor of limited gun control. I know of no law advocated for tha calls for Americans to turn in or for the government to take guns. Your right to own a gun does not trump my right to ensure criminals don’t have excess to one. But that is my opinion. You have an opposite one and I respect it even though I may not agree with it. So when we start to disagree reguardless of the spelling and the fact that sometimes spell checker is not always right ask yourself is this the page that the intellectual elite visit? I think not.

  • Ron r

    No ringgo,I have your mama problem

  • Ron r

    Ringgo, I served as an 11B infantryman. Ask your mama what else we did.

  • Ron r

    Dear WTS/ Jay, your phycho mama loves starch. Now grow up phycho child.

  • Ron r

    Well Don 2 (guest) the fact that you are still mitching proves that you are about as mature as a three year old. I’m not going anywhere. So bye ,bye yourself.

  • Don miller

    What we the people need to do is go on strike shut this country down for one week bet then they would pull their heads out of their a–es shut their money train down then maybe they’ll listen the only way of defeating bullies is stand up to them and Eric holder should be in jail right along with the IRS employes the government should have enough money to sustain them if they used it the way it was meant to be used there shouldn’t even be an income tax these days our roads and bridges are falling apart our schools aren’t kept up the way they should be that’s proof enough for me that they don’t use the tax money the way their supposed to them all they do is give us excuses as to why they didn’t after 200 or more years of this enough is enough give me a million dollars and I will never need another penny why can’t the government do that invest wisely save and let the money do the work pretty simple

  • Ron r

    Timbo ,grow up.

  • Samuel Bostic

    Without a doubt, He should, but a dark cloud hanging over his, and our imperial president, which may put both in prison, if they entered into a conspiracy to keep this train wreck from the public, that’s a felony

  • Ron r

    My goodness Samurai,up so early /late with this b/s .

  • Ron r

    Yeah,sure you would.

  • Rodney

    Holder should be fired & Obama impeached & spend the rest of his life in prison.

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