Friday, January 25, 2013

Obomination: Holding Onto Eric Holder

Obama is holding onto Holder.  Eric Holder will remain as Attorney General for Obama’s second term, despite the many legitimate concerns about his poor leadership of the Department of Justice.  The Justice Department has departed from its role as an impartial and fair law enforcement agency under his tenure.  To retain such a controversial attorney general is this week's Obomination.

Last year, the RNLA demanded that Eric Holder resign from his post as attorney general.  The RNLA wrote a letter to the attorney general listing the many failures during his tenure, including refusing to enforce laws passed by Congress, using a political litmus test for hiring what should be nonpolitical DOJ positions, endangering national security by releasing classified memoranda, engaging in extravagant spending despite limited agency budget constraints; and providing sham legal justifications for unconstitutional behavior by President Obama.  (Read the full list of Holder’s failures here.)

The RNLA was not alone in calling for Eric Holder to step down.  The House of Representatives held Attorney General Holder in contempt of Congress in a bipartisan vote, with 17 Democrats voting against Holder.  In the other chamber, Senators such as Marco Rubio, Orrin Hatch, Johnny Isakson and James Inhofe have echoed the concerns of House Members.  Senator John Cornyn called for Eric Holder’s resignation declaring, "Americans deserve an attorney general that will be honest with them, they deserve an attorney general who will uphold the basic standards of political independence and accountability. You've proven time and time again, sadly, that you're unwilling to do so."

Calls have also extended to nonpolitical groups too. Outraged by the DOJ’s involvement in the Fast and Furious disaster which resulted in the death of an American border patrol agent, the National Border Patrol Council called for Holder to resign.  Their President George E. McCubbin III called Holder’s actions “a slap in the face to all Border Patrol agents who serve this country.”

Obama's retention of Holder is a slap in the face of all Americans who care about justice.

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