In the latter days of the Clinton administration Eric Holder engineered the pardons of Marc Rich and the FALN terrorists. In the early 2000’s Holder was a senior partner in the law firm Covington & Burling. Covington & Burling was one of the law firms that had no interest in defending any US soldiers accused of misdeeds in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars but it couldn’t do enough pro bono work for Gitmo detainees, successfully securing the release of one of them:
One of the class of Yemeni Gitmo detainees that Falkoff described as “gentle, thoughtful young men” was released in 2005—only to blow himself up (gently and thoughtfully, of course) in a truck bombing in Mosul, Iraq, in 2008, killing 13 soldiers from the 2nd Iraqi Army division and seriously wounding 42 others.
Holder has done work he’d probably rather you didn’t know about:
One wonders what the Obamas would say about Holder’s lucrative work for Chiquita Brands International if it had been performed by, say, John McCain’s top lawyer? As chief counsel for the global company, Holder won a “slap-on-the-wrist plea deal to charges that it had paid off” Colombian paramilitary death squads. Liberal critics of Holder point out that he used his influence as a former Clinton Justice Department official to negotiate a sweetheart deal for Chiquita. The company pleaded guilty to illegally doing business with the “Autodefensas Unidas de Colombia” or AUC (designated as an international terrorist organization by the State Department in 2001). Chiquita admitted negotiating with and forking over $1.7 million in protection racket money to the guerillas beginning in 1997. AUC terrorists slaughtered thousands of civilians to gain control of Colombia’s banana fields.
There were rumors of Holder departing the Obama regime, but an article at The Hill suggests otherwise:
The attorney general’s position has looked perilous at various points during his tenure. But these days, he seems resurgent, pushing states to strike down voting restrictions on ex-felons and fighting hard to restore some of the key powers of the Voting Rights Act.
It has been an uphill climb. In 2012, Holder became the first attorney general to be held in contempt by the House of Representatives while, the year before, he had to retreat from his earlier insistence that suspects in the September 11, 2001 attacks should be tried in criminal court in New York.
Holder has been a consistent conservative target throughout his time in office, with issues from the Fast and Furious scandal to his stance on the Voting Rights Act raising the ire of the right. Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) has sponsored a resolution in the House with 140 co-sponsors calling for Holder’s immediate resignation.
Holder has absolutely no interest in the rights of conservatives and no particular interest in the rights of whites. During his confirmation hearings Holder told us that hate crime laws do not protect whites from hate crimes.
Holder made things very clear when he blurted out “my people.” That spelled it out. America consists of “his people” and “not his people.” If you’re not “his people”, you’re dog meat. There’s more here.
He does, however, have great interest in the rights of foreigners and minority felons.
Holder wants felons to be able to vote and it’s patently obvious why:
Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said Tuesday that the states should let felons vote after they have served their sentences — a move that would disproportionately expand the number of minority voters and thus help the Democratic Party in elections.
Hans Von Spakovsky notes the selective and partisan perspective of Holder’s wishes:
“That speech showed how political he is,” said Hans von Spakovsky, a former Justice Department official who is now affiliated with the Heritage Foundation and is the co-author of a forthcoming book about Holder’s tenure.
“All he talks about is the restoration of voting rights for felons. What he fails to mention is the fact that you don’t just lose your right to vote. In most states, you lose your rights to own a gun, to sit on a jury, to engage in certain kinds of employment like being a police officer. Nowhere does he say a word about restoring those rights. That tells me he is only interested in the potential votes.”
Rather than seek improvements in behavior Holder seeks to remove a disincentive to committing felonies. Why not do away with felonies altogether?
The Kansas Secretary of State wanted to assure that only citizens were registering to vote in Kansas. Eric Holder wanted none of that and sought to block it:
Justice Department lawyer Bradley Heard was in court today trying to stop Kansas from ensuring that only citizens register to vote. Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, relying on a United States Supreme Court opinion of last year, asked the federal Election Assistance Commission to permit him to ensure that only citizens were registering to vote.
The Election Assistance Commission said no, so Kris Kobach went to federal court. Enter Eric Holder’s Justice Department, as usual, opposing election integrity measures.
Despite harping about resource concerns (which apparently means that the DOJ can do nothing about corrupted voter rolls), Holder found the time and money to send Bradley Heard to a hearing in Kansas to argue against Kobach’s election integrity measures.
Things didn’t go well for Bradley Heard before Judge Eric Melgren today. The Wichita Eagle:
Judge Eric Melgren repeatedly pressed Department of Justice lawyer Bradley Heard to explain how a Supreme Court decision last year on Arizona’s proof-of-citizenship law allows the federal Election Assistance Commission to reject requests from Arizona and Kansas to add state-law requirements to the instructions for filling out the voting form.
“The single pivotal question in this case is who gets to decide … what’s necessary” to establish citizenship for voting, Melgren said.
The highest ranking lawyer in the land is supposed to be concerned with the rights of all- including those in the Tea Party and those abused by the IRS- not just felons and “his people.” But then, that’s why Obama appointed him in the first place.