On Capitol Hill, Holder Grilled Over AP Phone Subpoenas

, The National Law Journal


Members of the House Judiciary Committee had a number of potentially embarrassing political controversies involving the Obama administration to choose from when Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. came to testify on Capitol Hill on Wednesday.

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  • Michelle Alexander

    Congress has had a problem with Holder ever since he took office. He is the first Attorney General to really deal with some the issues that affect all Americans, particularly in relation to civil and voting rights which had been ignored through the Bush years. I hope he never resigns, he is the first Attorney General that I honestly believe tries to do the right thing in face of undaunting bias and racism, that is not just directed at him, but at the President as well. The person who needs to resign is Clarence Thomas whose wife heads a Tea Party organization, and is blatently biased, and clearly has a conflict of interest.
    The Benghazi hearings are to most of us a very thinly veiled attempt to discredit Hillary Clinton and derail her future opportunity to run for President. Living inside the beltway, we know all the games. We are actuallly waiting for the sequester to end, but Congress is not interested in what the American people REALLY need and so we wait, and watch the budget cuts go into effect helplessly.

  • Harold R. Berk

    So Holder's recusal was not in writing. Maybe he made it up on the day the AP story broke. And even if he recused himself, and for what reason is hardly clear, he is still the Attorney General and responsible for the actions of the Justice Department.

    It rather seems that Holder gave himself a Get Out of Trouble Free Card similar to the Too Big to Jail Cards he gave out to the bankers.

    Actually, there is a strong case that Obama should ask Holder for his resignation, and the President would be well advised, as his Adminsitation is sinking, to appoint a new and effective Attorney General before Holder does much more damage while always giving himself those passes.

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