Written by Christian Adams
Power is never vested in just one man. Even the powers of the man in the Oval Office depend on internal checks and balances. A president alone cannot violate the law. His cabinet has to aid him in that task. The man who stands at Obama’s side, the man who aids and abets his lawbreaking more than any other, is Attorney General Eric Holder.
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Holder is the man who is truly accountable for Obama’s lawlessness because it is his responsibility to hold Obama accountable. Instead Holder has descended into entirely new areas of lawnessness. Instead of acting to enforce the law, he has become the enemy of the law.
Over a year ago, I penned Ten Reasons to Impeach Eric Holder. In that David Horowitz Freedom Center pamphlet, I documented how Attorney General Eric Holder has corroded the rule of law, abused power and deserved to be impeached. Since the publication of the pamphlet, Holder has provided multiple new reasons why he is unfit to serve as Attorney General.
Instead of moderating, instead of adopting a more centrist approach after the publication of that pamphlet in Spring 2012, Holder has radicalized even further.
This should be unsurprising to anyone who has followed Holder’s career. Holder is driven by a radical progressive view of the law, and by contempt for conservatives. He is hostile to the rule of law, at least as traditionally understood by Americans.
Holder once said to a gathering of the American Constitution Society the “nation must be convinced that it is a progressive future that holds the greatest promise for equality and the continuation of those policies that serve to support the greatest number of our people.” Progressivism, with all of its bending of the plain meaning of words, of ends justifying means and its hostility toward constitutional restraints on the power of government, enchants our Attorney Gneral.
Projecting, he also said conservatives “have made a mockery of the rule of law.”
But Holder’s record demonstrates it is he who has made a mockery out of the rule of law. His tenure at the Justice Department overflows with abuse of power, appeals to racial division, and disregard of the constitutional balance of powers.
Soon after George Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin in Florida on February 26, 2012, Eric Holder took the side of the racial mob calling for vengeance for Trayvon Martin. After the shooting, the racialist anti-Semite head of the New Black Panther Party – Malik Zulu Shabazz – and a gang of uniformed New Black Panther Party members, were calling for the seizure of George Zimmerman. Just after the black panther rallies, Rev. Al Sharpton travelled to Florida to agitate for George Zimmerman’s arrest.
Eric Holder’s Justice Department did not stand silently by. Instead, they devoted time and resources to aid the racial mob, including the New Black Panther Party.
A little known component of the Justice Department, the Community Relations Service, or “CRS,” travelled to Florida and helped the protesters. For example, CRS helped to facilitate a police escort for college students to travel forty miles to participate in a rally seeking the arrest of George Zimmerman.
DOJ documents reveal thousands of dollars in travel costs and manpower devoted to helping the mob seeking the seizure of George Zimmerman off the street. The New Black Panther Party produced wanted posters for Zimmerman and offered an award for his illegal seizure. One member of the New Black Panthers said the bounty would be paid if Zimmerman were seized, “dead or alive.”
DOJ officials met privately with protesters and gave them advice how to conduct their protests. Other components of Holder’s Justice Department met with the Sanford police and elected officials and strongly “suggested” that the city take a second look at charging Zimmerman.
The DOJ Community Relations Service is supposed to act as a neutral party to provide a buffer during heated disputes. They aren’t supposed to take sides. But a black teenager was dead, and the shooter was a “white-Hispanic,” according to NBC News, and therefore Holder took sides.
The rest is history. Because of DOJ and New Black Panther pressure, that “second look” by law enforcement officials led to the prosecution of George Zimmerman for the murder of Trayvon Martin. Even Al Sharpton admitted to Tom Joyner that everyone knew the case lacked merit. But in the age of Holder and Obama, the law isn’t used like it once was. The law is no longer the great leveler. Instead, it is a weapon for those in power to satisfy the demands of their racially inflamed faction, to prosecute a man who exercised self-defense against a bloody and unwarranted physical attack. The law, to Holder, is a means to punish those on the wrong side of the racial divide, a divide Holder has helped to create.
Holder erased any doubt about his racial radicalism soon after the jury acquitted George Zimmerman of all charges. Holder appeared before a number of racially homogeneous audiences, including the black sorority Delta Sigma Theta, and announced that the Justice Department would consider civil rights charges against George Zimmerman. Never mind that the Federal Bureau of Investigation already concluded that Zimmerman did not act with any racial animus toward Trayvon, an necessary element under the federal law.
But law doesn’t matter to Holder the same way it matters to the rest of us. Law is what once protected us from people like Holder. But to Holder, law is a nuisance to be cast aside when he seeks applause from the all-black sorority audience at the Delta Sigma Theta convention. Gaining approval from, and fostering excitement in, a racial faction is more important to this attorney general than whether an American should face down the federal government because he is a disfavored “white-Hispanic” to that racial faction.
Holder’s involvement in the Zimmerman matter was not confined to the outrageous meddling by the DOJ, as we have seen. Holder also failed to act against crimes in Florida possibly committed by the racial mob demanding action against Zimmerman.
Holder announced to the loud applause of the Delta Sigma Theta convention that his DOJ may charge George Zimmerman with federal civil rights charges. As usual, Holder has given the New Black Panther Party a pass on the same civil rights laws.
When the New Black Panther Party conspired to have George Zimmerman seized off the streets, dead or alive, they likely violated the exact same law under which Holder may yet charge Zimmerman. Section 245 of Title 18 protects people from being attacked or seized off the streets in part because of their race. And the Panthers made no secret of their racial hostility toward Zimmerman. Section 249 of Title 18, another civil rights law Holder will use to investigate Zimmerman, prohibits conspiracies to harm someone with a racial animus.
These federal civil rights laws could be used against the New Black Panther Party for actions they took during the mob protests in Florida even easier than they can be used against George Zimmerman.
But will Attorney General Holder announce the opening of an investigation against Malik Zulu Shabazz and his anti-Semites in the New Black Panther Party? Of course not, because we know well Holder’s reluctance to enforce the law against them.
Eric Holder has demonstrated contempt for the rule of law, but also contempt for Congress. Holder’s contempt for the legitimate constitutional oversight authority of the Congress is so extreme, that the House of Representatives voted to find him in contempt of Congress on June 28, 2012. Even House Democrats voted to find Holder in contempt of Congress.
After the vote, House Speaker John Boehner said, “But no Justice Department is above the law and no Justice Department is above the Constitution, which each of us has sworn to uphold.”
Unfortunately, Holder’s Justice Department behaves as if it is above the law, and appears to show no loyalty to the Constitution, oath or no oath to uphold it.
The contempt vote by the House was preceded by many months of attempting to obtain documents to find out the truth about the Fast and Furious gunrunning program concocted and managed by Holder’s Justice Department. In Fast and Furious, the Justice Department’s Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms allowed guns to be purchased in the United States for ultimate transportation into Mexico by drug cartels. In Mexico, these guns were used to kill hundreds of Mexicans, and were also found where U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was murdered.
While the DOJ was allowing guns to flow into Mexico, President Obama was complaining that American guns were killing Mexicans, and advocated for restrictions on the Second Amendment. Naturally, Obama never bothered to tell anyone that Holder’s own Justice Department was responsible for the flow of weapons.
When the House Oversight Committee sought to obtain Justice Department documents about who developed this bloody scheme, Holder obstructed Congress. The historic contempt finding against Holder formalizes what many Front Page readers have long known about the Attorney General of the United States: that he holds in low regard American traditions, norms and institutions.
Attorney General Holder has failed to prosecute a single IRS official that feloniously leaked private tax information of Tea Party and conservative groups to the media. IRS officials have been shown to not only improperly have targeted conservative groups for heightened scrutiny for IRS 501(c)(3) tax exemption applications, but to have actually leaked the information contained in those applications to the political enemies of the applicants.
Consider IRS official Cindy Thomas. Thomas is the manager of exempt organizations at the IRS office in Cincinnati. Thomas illegally released the tax applications of nine conservative groups to the left-wing website ProPublica, an organization that includes President Obama’s old friend, Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates.
Other leaks included information leaks against pro-marriage groups to radical gay-marriage groups. Information contained in the IRS 501(c)(3) applications ended up in the hands of radical groups dedicated to defeating the pro-marriage groups.
These actions by IRS officials are federal felonies. Holder has an obligation to have them investigated and charged, but instead has done nothing. The victims of IRS abuse haven’t even been interviewed by the FBI. FBI Director Robert Muller was completely unaware of the status of any DOJ investigation in testimony before Congress. He couldn’t even name who was investigating the matter.
Moreover, prosecution of IRS leakers would be a simple matter. Leaking information constitutes the crime. It doesn’t not require the complicated burden of proving racial animus, as any federal prosecution of George Zimmerman would entail. Simply, for charges not to have been filed against an IRS official by now means Holder doesn’t seem to care much about the IRS targeting of conservative groups.
Eric Holder authorized a criminal investigation against James Rosen of Fox News. This provides an example where progressives often engage in projection. During the Nixon years, the left would claim Nixon had a vendetta against certain reporters and used law enforcement against them. We find the fulfillment of that plot in the age of Obama and Holder through the DOJ actions against Fox News.
James Rosen had reported on various national security issues. These revelations angered the White House and the Justice Department launched a criminal investigation in response to the reports. They sought to discover the sources behind Rosen’s reporting.
Under DOJ guidelines, the Attorney General must personally approve any subpoenas of news reporters. When I was at the Justice Department, I sought and obtained the personal approval of the Attorney General in a matter I was investigating. But before a subpoena can issue against a reporter, DOJ rules require a number of steps.
First, the DOJ must seek the information through less restrictive means. So if it could identify the leaker without subpoenaing the papers of James Rosen, DOJ rules required them to do so. Second, the DOJ is supposed to try to work out an arrangement with the news organization. But the Justice Department kept the investigation of Fox News secret, and so therefore never tried to “work out” any resolution.
Eric Holder was supposed to sign off on any press subpoena under DOJ guidelines. This requirement ensures accountability and protects Americans from an out of control administrative state that can seek press subpoenas as a routine matter. Yet Holder delegated this authority in the Rosen matter to a deputy. He said, without a trace of irony, that the reason he did so is because the investigation also included interviews to determine if Holder himself was the source of the leak!
But merely authorizing criminal investigations against Fox News reporter James Rosen wasn’t the worst thing Eric Holder’s Justice Department would do in the saga. The worst was yet to come.
Eric Holder also lied before Congress about the Rosen matter. On May 15, 2013, Holder was asked if he knew anything about investigations of reporters by his DOJ.
“With regard to potential prosecution of the press for the disclosure of material, that is not something that I have ever been involved, heard of, or would think would be a wise policy,” Holder said.
When Holder gave this testimony, he was “involved” in and “heard of” potential prosecution of the press for the disclosure of material. Holder knew about various investigations of journalists and was involved in them. His under-oath testimony before Congress was demonstrably false and misleading. The House Judiciary Committee would issue a report reaching the same conclusion.
Eric Holder cannot be trusted to tell the truth, even when under oath and when the entire nation is watching him.
The gravest and most long lasting damage that Eric Holder has done to the nation is his manipulation of the electoral process, particularly before the 2012 presidential election.
Eric Holder allowed that election to take place with over 4,000,000 ineligible voters on the rolls. The left-leaning Pew Foundation issued a report showing that voter rolls around the country were polluted with dead and ineligible voters. Holder is obliged to enforce federal laws which require states to remove these ineligible voters from the rolls before a federal election.
Instead, Holder has a philosophical objection to these laws and he refuses to enforce them. Failure to remove ineligible voters allows people to vote multiple times in multiple states. It allows dead voters to remain on the rolls to be voted by family members or others who know they have died. Felons who have not been removed from the rolls will also be allowed to cast illegal ballots. Since Holder alone has power to prosecute federal election crimes, we cannot count on him to do anything about voter fraud in federal elections.
Consider Meloweese Richardson in Cincinnati, Ohio. Richardson admitted on camera to news reporters that she voted multiple times for President Obama in 2012 and 2008. She voted in the names of people who spent time at her house as well as family members. She was unapologetic.
Voting twice for president is a federal crime.
Yet, to this day, Eric Holder has not prosecuted Richardson for violation of federal law. After all, she voted for the President, and some people get breaks from this Attorney General, and others get threats. It all depends on who you are or what you look like, not how you behaved. It is true that Ohio brought charges against Richardson. But there are federal issues at stake separate from the state concerns.
The arrogance of Melowese Richardson is a symbol of what a nation with Attorney General Eric Holder will produce. Her brash unrepentant arrogance for voting six times for President Obama sounds like Eric Holder’s unrepentant testimony before the House Oversight Committee on Fast and Furious.
Like Richardson, even after Holder is found to be contemptuous of the law, there are no apologies. At her sentencing, Richardson blustered that she did it all for her beloved President out of a deep allegiance. Holder acts contemptuously toward Congress and the rule of law for the same reason. It is all about power, power for President Obama and his revolutionary transformation of America.
Meloweese Richardson didn’t care if the law was perverted as long as President Obama held power – and neither does Holder. If IRS officials committed federal crimes to target Tea Party groups, so be it. They are the enemies of the progressive President and deserve a pass. If the New Black Panthers violated federal civil rights laws, so be it. They were fighting to stoke racial tensions and threaten an innocent man because of his race. If Holder’s DOJ intimidates Fox News, so be it. Fox News provides the most objective coverage of the Obama administration and deserve the pain.
Eric Holder is the Ivy League schooled lawyer representing the hopes and dreams of the progressive mob and race hustlers. He displays the same contempt for the law as does the mob calling for racial vengeance. He is skilled at using power and position to protect political friends and harm political enemies. Holder’s version of justice is foreign to these American shores, and to our American age.
Eric Holder is a menace to the rule of law and the individual liberty it protects. He should not only be run out of his office, but hounded forever by liberty-loving Americans exposing his behavior until he is bereft of clients after he leaves the Justice Department.
J. Christian Adams is the founder of Election Law Center and the former Department of Justice lawyer who brought the case against the New Black Panther Party. He is author of the New York Times bestseller Injustice: Exposing the Racial Agenda of the Obama Justice Department (Regnery) as well as Ten Reasons to Impeach Eric Holder by the Horowitz Center. He also serves as legal editor to PJ Media.