The Real Reason Holder Quit

By Keith Johnson —

On September 25, 2014, Attorney General Eric Himpton Holder, Jr. officially tendered his resignation as President Barack Hussein Obama’s chief prosecutor, two days after he was ordered by United States District Court Judge John D. Bates to turn over non-privileged documents responsive to a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee subpoena. The court’s decision was spurred by a lawsuit from Judicial Watch, Inc., “a conservative, non-partisan educational foundation, promot[ing] transparency, accountability and integrity in government, politics and the law.”

Holder will soon be leaving behind a nearly six-year legacy of corruption and abuse of power unparalleled in modern American history, and as the nation’s chief law enforcement officer, he broke more laws than he enforced, violated more civil rights than he defended and made a mockery of the Constitution he swore to uphold.

Topping the list of Holder’s crimes is the notorious Fast and Furious gun walking scandal of 2009, in which the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) allowed Mexican drug cartels to come into possession of more than 2,000 illegal guns. One of those guns was used to kill U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry. Several other firearms were connected to at least 11 violent crimes throughout the U.S. It is not known how many of the weapons were used to commit crimes in Mexico.

After BATFE whistleblowers exposed the program, Holder aggressively worked to cover up incriminating details about the gun-running scheme and refused to comply with a congressional investigation into the matter, making him the first U.S. cabinet member in American history to be held in contempt of Congress.


Holder’s problems escalated in May 2013, when it was revealed that the Department of Justice (DoJ) had seized the telephone records of nearly two-dozen Associated Press reporters. When asked in a congressional hearing if DoJ had planned to prosecute journalists under the Espionage Act, Holder replied, “that is not something that I’ve ever been involved in, heard of or would think would be a wise policy.”

The attorney general would later be accused of lying when he made that statement after it was discovered that DoJ monitored FOX News reporter James Rosen’s phone calls and emails and that the subpoenas authorizing their seizure were signed by Holder himself.

By November 2013, a coalition of GOP legislators decided they’d had enough and formally introduced Articles of Impeachment against Holder.

“For nearly five years, we have witnessed Mr. Holder repeatedly deceive Congress and degrade the credibility of the Justice Department in the eyes of the American people,” the legislators wrote. “Unfortunately, Mr. Holder has continued to act in a manner unbefitting of a cabinet official. He has failed to perform his constitutional duties and violated the law on a number of occasions.”

Of course, Holder’s misdeeds weren’t all spelled out in the Articles of Impeachment. Perhaps his greatest crimes were the things he failed to do, like investigate rampant thievery on Wall Street.

Despite being given $165 million in funds to investigate and prosecute those responsible for the 2008 mortgage crisis, Holder refused to send one single banker to jail and ended up de-prioritizing mortgage fraud to the “lowest-ranked criminal threat” from 2009 to 2011.

Is it any wonder that Holder leaves office with a mere 15% approval rating?

Whether it’s giving the National Security Administration carte blanche to expand their warrantless domestic spying operations or declaring that the president has the legal authority to order a targeted assassination against an American citizen anywhere in the world, Holder has clearly been on the offensive against those he swore an oath to defend.

Good riddance to bad rubbish.

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Keith Johnson is a writer based in Tennessee.

7 Comments on The Real Reason Holder Quit

  1. Let’s take a look at the flood of South Americans coming into the U.S. They are not all youth as portrayed by Obamamedia. They are the result of our years of plundering and mayhem of our southern neighbors. As you will see in “suicided” Gary Webb’s ‘The Contras, Cocaine, and Covert Operations, National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 2‘. The U.S. has been the primary agent in sustaining the rule of drug baron lawlessness in Central America which continues to be the engine that drives Latinos northward. Obama likes “illegals” because he IS an “illegal.” What good is it to make new laws if Obama fails to execute the old ones? Obama’s offenses are way beyond “impeachable.” He wants to dismantle the Constitution because it identifies his conduct, as a traitor, and it demands the remedy.

    When the three branches of government ignore any part of the Constitution of the United States, they cancel the very authority that creates them. It is therefore the duty of the local, or national, citizenry to establish the legitimate Constitutional government.

  2. Finally the Republicans and perhaps some independents, had the intestinal fortitude to put enough pressure on this arrogant and criminal Attorney General. Hopefully they will show similar courage and impeach the Big Kahuna, as soon as possible. He’s just as big a criminal as was Holder and perhaps more.

  3. Glad he is on the run – now it’s time to send Holder to prison, and his best friend Obama, for their high crimes!!

  4. If Holder was trying to do things well, he was an abysmal failure. Although I think what really happened is that Holder did an outstanding job for his real bosses, the parasitic evil fruit, bad seed guys. He and Obama have tag-teamed to rent the fabric of our formerly fair land. His actions, temperament and attitude scream of white-resentment of the envious variety. Regardless of other considerations, I’ll be quite glad not to see his muskrat-face on the Internet any longer.

  5. Good riddance? No, this murderer needs to be tried convicted and executed. How many died because of him? How many received no judicial protection from the horrible frauds that drove them out of heir home? No, both he and Obama, along with scores of others in the past two administrations need to be tried and executed. Sounds harsh, does it? What about the hundreds of young Americans who have gone to their deaths upon their orders?

  6. Meh! Just the latest in a long series of statist cruds that will simply be replaced with another, all created and enabled by that scrap of Leviathan-enabling parchment. It stops when the parchment and the centralized State are trash-canned, and free men are free of it.

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