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August 2, 2009
Rubin on Eric Holder's Justice Department
One of our favorite writers has a new piece up at the Weekly Standard that highlights how badly Eric Holder's Justice Department has politicized the law.
Jennifer Rubin writes:
It is therefore surprising that in the first seven months of the Obama administration, a series of hyper-partisan decisions, questionable appointments, and the inexplicable dismissal of a high-profile voter intimidation case against the New Black Panther party have once again fanned suspicions that the Justice Department is a pawn in partisan political battles.
Both in Congress and among a number of current and former Justice Department employees is a growing concern that the Obama administration is politicizing the department in ways the Bush team never imagined. A former Justice employee cautions that every administration has the right and the obligation to set policy. "Elections have consequences," he affirms. But he thinks that the Obama administration has gone beyond policy reversals and is interfering with prosecutorial decisions, staffing the department with unqualified personnel, and invoking privilege to thwart proper congressional oversight and public scrutiny.
Holder, who did Clinton's dirty work for him in the pardon fiasco, is quite familiar with these partisan brawls and there is little doubt that this is the reason Obama chose him in the first place.
Read Jennifer's entire piece.