How Can Holder Keep Holding On?
Like a boxer way past his prime, taking beating after beating on the ring, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder insists on remaining at his current post in the Department of Justice (DOJ). The big difference is that a boxer puts only himself at risk, while Holder puts every American family in danger.
Holder simply cannot be trusted.
More than a year ago, in March 2010, Concerned Women for America (CWA), the nation's largest public policy women's organization, called for Holder's resignation. Conservative women and like-minded men knew back then that Holder did not have the best interest of the people at heart, and recent events are proof that they were right.
At that time, Holder was under fire when it was revealed that he conveniently "forgot" to disclose several crucial documents during his confirmation hearings, including a Supreme Court brief in which he opposed the detention of dirty bomb terrorist José Padilla as an enemy combatant.
The reason this was so egregious is because that case went to the heart of Holder's most questionable decision as attorney general at that time -- his stubborn insistence on trying Khalid Sheik Mohammed and other terrorists involved in the 9-11 plot in a civilian court in New York City.
Senator Jon Kyl (R-Arizona) summarized American sentiment well during the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee's hearing on "Oversight of the U.S. Department of Justice":
Are we expected to believe that then-nominee Holder, with only a handful of Supreme Court briefs to his name, forgot about his role in one of this country's most publicized terrorism cases? Or that he was not reminded about it when he later received our letter about recusals? That strains credulity.
One cannot help but be reminded of this incident as we see Holder struggle to answer questions on the "Fast and Furious" debacle, where DOJ sanctioned the illegal sale of assault weapons to representatives of Mexican drug cartels. As we all now know, "Fast and Furious" guns were used to murder one of our own, border agent Brian Terry.
U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATF) Special Agent Larry Alt testified that Terry's death was entirely foreseeable: "You can't allow thousands of guns to go south of the border without an expectation that they are going to be recovered eventually in crimes and people are going to die."
But Holder takes no responsibility. Apparently he knew nothing of this operation. In his testimony to Congress on May 3, 2011, Holder said he had only "just recently" heard about the program: "I'm not sure of the exact date, but I probably heard about Fast and Furious for the first time over the last few weeks."
The truth of his statement, once again, is highly questionable. A mountain of evidence suggests that he had been briefed in detail about the operation. This time, House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa (R- California) summarizes in a recent statement:
Attorney General Holder has failed to give Congress and the American people an honest account of what he and other senior Justice Department officials knew about gun-walking and Operation Fast and Furious. The lack of candor and honesty from our nation's chief law enforcement officials in this matter is deeply disturbing.
Though Holder seems to be less than honest and/or incompetent in these crucial areas, in other radical leftist endeavors he is intimately engaged. He personally sent a letter to Congress explaining his intention to abandon his duty to defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). The letter stated, "After careful consideration, including review of a recommendation from me, the President of the United States has made the determination that [DOMA] ... violates the equal protection component of the Fifth Amendment" (emphasis mine).
Thousands of guns sent to drug cartels across national borders? Not really involved with that. Scoring political points with homosexual activists? Meetings with the president, briefings, personal memos to Congress, etc.
There can be no question that moving along President Obama's radical political agenda is priority number one for Holder.
For example, a recent Pajamas Media report, titled "Every Single One: The Politicized Hiring of Eric Holder's Disability Rights Section," highlights the extreme politicization of hiring practices under Holder, something we saw play out very quickly with reports of the high number of DOJ officials who worked on behalf of alleged terrorists, and others who at least had to recuse themselves from certain cases because of their former law firms' work for terrorism suspects.
Holder even saw fit to terminate the Justice Department's Obscenity Prosecution Task Force!
How much more damage to families and children must we endure before Holder's removal?
Holder must go. And he must go now.
Mario Diaz, Esq. is legal counsel for Concerned Women for America, the nation's largest public policy women's organization.