This article was first published at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, February 12, 2014:
Jeffrey Toobin may have been a little too enthusiastic in his announcement in the New Yorker magazine (issue dated February 17th) that Attorney General Eric Holder was going to be leaving the Department of Justice before the end of the year, perhaps even sooner. It was based on an interview Toobin had with Holder in late December:
Toobin: And how long are you going to be the Attorney General…?
Holder: Well, you know, I’ve still got things I want to do. I mean, I’ve got this fight, this criminal justice reform stuff … I’ve got financial cases I’m still working on. So I’m going to be here for a while.
Toobin: Do you want to [be] any more specific … do you know? A year? Two years?
Holder: I guess, I think what I’ve said is, I’m going to be here certainly into 2014.
Toobin: That’s a big commitment. It’s in like three weeks…”
Holder: I think I’ve said, “Well into 2014.”
Toobin: I see. “Well into”? OK, very good.
Holder actually said more about his plans earlier in November when asked the same question: “If you had asked me that six months ago … I probably would have come up with a shorter time frame.”
His early departure would certainly make life easier for Rep. Pete Olson (R-Texas) who introduced four articles of impeachment back in November that immediately received support from 20 other House members. This followed right after 130 members had supported a resolution calling for Holder to step down immediately. Now it looks like Olson will have to get rid of Holder the hard way.
There were four articles in Olson’s impeachment measure. There could have been dozens, perhaps more. The four selected, however, are so outrageous by themselves that more might not be necessary:
- Arming the Mexican cartels under cover of Fast and Furious and the following cover-up, along with Holder’s defiance of a congressional subpoena demanding he hand over documents relating to the scheme;
- Refusing to uphold U.S. laws, including especially the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA);
- Failing to prosecute IRS officials who blatantly broke the law by providing private information to opponents of conservative organizations; and
- Lying under oath about his department’s targeting of conservative journalists (i.e., James Rosen of Fox News).
The Fast and Furious scheme should be enough all by itself to pull Holder’s plug. Ann Coulter called it “the most shockingly vile corruption scandal in the history of the country,” explaining that
Administration officials intentionally put guns into the hands of Mexican drug cartels, so that when the guns taken from Mexican crime scenes turned out to be American guns, Democrats would have a reason to crack down on gun sellers in the United States.
There are others just as egregious and authors have been busy counting them up. For instance, Aaron Klein released his Impeachable Offenses: The Case for Removing Barack Obama from Office last August which, while directed at Obama, was clear to note that the president relied heavily on his Attorney General for advice and counsel.
J. Christian Adams, a former Justice Department official who resigned because of the blatant and continuing lawlessness that he witnessed while he was there, listed and then expounded on ten reasons to impeach Holder, and then added another seven to the list as Holder continued his march towards the destruction of the Constitution. Adams wrote:
Impeachment isn’t something to be lightly pursued. It is a congressional power best left to gather dust, except when there is evidence of extreme lawlessness and dishonesty that endangers the Constitution.
But Eric Holder has done more than mislead the American people; he has done more than provide false testimony to Congress. He has tried to transform the federal agency intended to be above politics into an institution advocating radical change and extreme remedies.
And then, throughout 31 pages of excruciatingly painful exposure, Adams reviews them. He takes on Fast and Furious with more detail than most people know or remember:
Consider his testimony regarding the “Fast and Furious” probe, in which federal agents were allegedly ordered by superiors in the Justice Department to allow hundreds of weapons to flow illicitly into Mexico from gun shops in Arizona so the arms could be traced to the higher echelons of Mexican drug cartels.
On May 3, 2011, when Holder first testified before the House Judiciary Committee about Fast and Furious, he was asked what he knew about the program and when he first knew it.
Holder’s response? “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.”
Internal DOJ documents suggest, however, that Holder was familiar with Fast and Furious many months earlier. (emphasis in the original)
Adams then goes on to recite those documents.
There’s Holder’s decision not to prosecute the Black Panthers intimidating voters outside a Philadelphia voting place. There’s his decision not to remove four million names of ineligible voters from voting records just before the November 2012 election. There’s his unwillingness to prosecute Meloweese Richardson who voted for Obama eight times in that election, a federal offense.
There’s Holder’s radical recommendation to the Supreme Court in the Hosanna-Tabor case that the “ministerial exemption” under the First Amendment be abolished, which, if the court went along with it, would effectively have turned every church in America into a government church. Said Adams, this would have
Opened the door to comprehensive government regulation of how American religious institutions conduct their ministries, and even who could be a minister.
Happily, every justice, include the far left Justices Breyer, Ginsburg, Sotomayor, and Kagan, voted him down, 9-0.
This, unfortunately, is only the beginning. Serious students of impeachable offenses would do well in looking at the special section set aside just for Eric Holder at DiscoverTheNetworks.org, which is an astonishing 43 pages long. There the student will find Holder’s long history of unconstitutional efforts, including helping clear the way for President Clinton’s last-minute pardons of Marc Rich and more than a dozen Puerto Rican FALN terrorists. There was his friend of the court briefs supporting al Qaeda terrorist Jose Padilla, who was arrested when he returned from Pakistan where he was planning a second attack to follow 9/11.
He wanted to try Islamic terrorists in civilian courts, giving them Miranda rights while refusing to acknowledge Islam’s ties to terrorism. He opposed Arizona governor Jan Brewer’s law on immigration while admitting that he hadn’t even read it. He continues to oppose voter-identification laws while recruiting only hard-core leftists into positions in his department. His department assisted protests and demonstrations during the Zimmerman-Martin shooting in Florida, spending (according to journalist Matthew Vadum) “thousands of [taxpayer] dollars to help organize marchers in which participants exacerbated racial tensions and loudly demanded that [Zimmerman] be prosecuted.”
Holder had nothing but praise for radical race monger Al Sharpton, but nothing but contempt for the gun rights of ordinary citizens. Adams quoted Holder in a speech to the Women’s National Democratic Club:
What we need to do is change the way people think about guns, especially young people, and make it something that’s not cool, that it’s not acceptable, it’s not hip to carry a gun anymore, in the way in which we changed our attitudes about cigarettes.
Like a cancer, the longer Holder stays on at Justice, the lower will be the chances of recovery for the Constitutional Republic he continues to work to destroy. The sooner he leaves, the sooner can begin the repair of the damage he has wreaked while Attorney General.
Washington Times: Eric Holder to step down this year: report
DiscoverTheNetworks.org: Eric Holder
J. Christian Adams: Ten reasons to impeach Holder
J. Christian Adams: Seven more reasons to impeach Holder
Talking Points Memo: DOJ Disputes Report That Holder Will Resign