Eric Holder’s Definition Of Politics and Credibility?

When testifying during his confirmation hearing, Obama’s choice for Attorney General, Eric Holder, made two major commitments to the Senate Judiciary Committee and the American people:

“The attempt to politicize the department will not be tolerated should I become attorney general of the United States.”

“I will work to restore the credibility of a department badly shaken by allegations of improper political interference….”

I guess the Senators should have asked Mr. Holder for his definition of the words “politicize” and “credibility,” because his actions since taking office have been anything but “un-political” or “credible.”

It began with his decision to drop charges against members of the New Black Panther Party for interferring with voters in a Philadelphia precinct during the 2008 elections using voter intimidation tactics, which included carrying a club and being dressed in military-looking clothes. I wonder if these are some of the racial “cowards” Mr. Holder mentioned in his speech honoring Black History Month.

Even though the Department of Justice already had a guilty verdict, they dropped all charges. They did succeed in obtaining an injunction against the man with the club from ever doing this again. Yeah, that really showed ’em who’s boss, didn’t it? 

More evidence of Holder’s misunderstanding of the meaning of these words came to light today, with the announcement from his office that corruption charges against Governor Bill Richardson in a “pay-for-play” deal with a campaign contributor would not be filed. Here’s a little background on what he was facing:

“On Dec. 15, Bloomberg News reported that the grand jury in Albuquerque was meeting to review how the company, Beverly Hills, California-based CDR Financial Products Inc., received almost $1.5 million in fees from the New Mexico Finance Authority. CDR contributed $100,000 to Richardson-affiliated groups.” (Martin Bran and William Selway, “Richardson Adviser Helped JP Morgan Win Bond Deals,” Bloomberg, 1/6/09)

When Gov. Richardson withdrew his name for consideration in January as Commerce Secretary under the messiah’s new administration, the Albuquerque Journal reported the following:

“At the same time his company was seeking work from the New Mexico Finance Authority, CDR owner Rubin was making political contributions to Richardson political committees. The timing of a $75,000 contribution from Rubin to Si Se Puede is of particular interest to investigators. Si Se Puede was the political committee formed to pay the expenses of Richardson and his staff at the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston.” (Mike Gallagher, “Pay To Play Inquiry Derails Cabinet Post,” The Albuquerque Journal, 1/5/09)

Now, nearly 8 months later (and while Obama is on vacation – convenient, huh?), the Attorney General’s office is not allowing any indictments to be filed against the Democratic governor, former cabinet nominee, and campaign supporter. No explanation – no details. Just an off-the-record statement that it was “killed in Washington.”

But hey, deciding to drop charges against people who are politically connected isn’t the only way Mr. Holder demonstrates his commitment to being credible and non-political. Sometimes he (ab)uses the power of his office to drum up charges as well.

Earlier this week, his office decided to investigate C.I.A. agents concerning their use of enhanced interrogation techniques (EIT) when interviewing terrorist suspects after the events of 9/11. Even though these techniques were successful and American lives were saved, even though they were acting under orders and lawyers had already determined there was no basis for legal action, Mr. Holder decided that pursuing legal action against these brave Americans was in the country’s (more like Obama’s) best interest.

Of course, the fact that these C.I.A. actions took place under the administration of George W. Bush are purely coincidental, right? Not to mention the fact that this provides political cover for Obama during a time when his policies are fading and his approval ratings are dropping like, well, Obama’s approval ratings. Yeah, there’s nothing political in this decision at all.

Attorney General Holder made a commitment to keep his office above political influence, along with restoring the credibility lost under the Bush administration. Apparently, he doesn’t understand the definition of those words.

 

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