Eric Holder Announces ResignationPosted by Pauline Wolak on September 25, 2014
After what can be described as an often times tumultuous six years, Attorney General Eric Holder has tendered his resignation. The 63 year-old Holder had been with the Department of Justice since graduating from Columbia Law School in 1976. He was the first African-American Deputy Attorney General and would go on to become the first African-American Attorney General of the United States.
While his tenure broke perceived race barriers, it was not without controversy. From the handling of Ft. Hood shooter Nidal Hasan to his involvement in the Ferguson shooting, there were dozens of questionable decisions and apparent willful violations of the very laws he was tasked with upholding.
In 2009, Holder’s office dropped charges against several members of the Black Panthers in a voter intimidation case out of Philadelphia. A default judgement made it a slam dunk case. According to Politico, Holder had this to say about it in 2011, “When you compare what people endured in the South in the 60s to try to get the right to vote for African Americans, and to compare what people were subjected to there to what happened in Philadelphia—which was inappropriate, certainly that…to describe it in those terms I think does a great disservice to people who put their lives on the line, who risked all, for my people.”
The Fast and Furious scandal resulted in the House citing him for criminal contempt of Congress, a charge Holder’s own Justice Department refused to prosecute him for. That case seemed to be the start of his pattern of ignoring subpoenas, avoiding calls for the release of documents, and generally thumbing his nose at Congress.
It was Holder’s office that targeted Fox News reporter James Rosen and both editors and reporters at the Associated Press.
Holder’s office continues to drag its feet while “investigating” the IRS scandal and Lois Lerner.
Ignoring and speaking out against voter ID laws, involvement in the Trayvon Martin Case and later the Ferguson shooting case, speaking out against Conservatives and the Tea Party, questionable pardons. There was a constant stream of poor decisions, racially motivated choices, and willful violations of the law. With his resignation, it would appear Holder will never have to answer for any of it.
History will likely remember him as one of our longest serving Attorney Generals, our first African American attorney general, one of the longest hold outs of the original Obama Administration cabinet.
Perhaps, though, if history is fair, he’ll be remembered for what he’s said:
“You constantly hear about voter fraud… but you don’t see huge amounts of vote fraud out there.”
“There are a whole variety of reasons I want to be attorney general, a whole variety of things that I do as attorney general that go beyond national security.”
“I think that people, despite my law enforcement background, view me as taking these consistently progressive stands, and I think that, philosophically, there is a desire to get at that person. But I think the stands I have taken are totally consistent with a person who is looking at things realistically, factually.”
“I’m not going to let people who work in the United States Department of Justice have their characters be assailed without any basis.”
“The threat has changed from simply worrying about foreigners coming here, to worrying about people in the United States, American citizens – raised here, born here, and who for whatever reason, have decided that they are going to become radicalized and take up arms against the nation in which they were born.”
“Though this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot, in things racial we have always been and continue to be, in too many ways, essentially a nation of cowards.”