Gee could it be an election year, Eric?
Eric Holder is easily the worst Attorney General in our nation’s history and it has nothing to do with race. It has everything to do with the gut-wrenchingly corrupt and hyper-political way he has run the Department of Justice for the past five and a half years..
Look how casually and cynically he deployed the Race Card while speaking before Al Sharpton’s National Action Network on Wednesday.
Via the Washington Free Beacon:
Holder told the audience that he’s proud of the significant strides and lasting reforms his department has achieved “even in the face of unprecedented, unwarranted, ugly, and divisive adversity”
Holder then infers he and President Obama are encountering a different type of “treatment” from House Republicans due to their race.
Just a reminder of what spurred the little dust-up in the House, yesterday between Texas Republican Louie Gohmert, and Holder.
After Holder dismissed Gohmert’s requests for documents relating to congressional investigations, Gohmert said, “I realize that contempt is not a big deal to our Attorney General, but it is important that we have proper oversight.”
“You don’t want to go there buddy!” Holder responded. “You don’t want to go there, OK?”
“You should not assume that uh that is not a big deal to me,” Holder continued. “I think it was inappropriate, I think it was unjust, but never think that it was not a big deal to me. Don’t ever think that.”
But Gohmert had every reason to believe that Eric Holder didn’t take seriously being held in Contempt of Congress because of Eric Holder’s own words. In an exclusive interview with ABC News’ Pierre Thomas on February 27, 2013, Holder was asked about how he reacted when House Republicans voted and 17 Democrats voted to hold him in contempt of Congress over the ATF’s “Fast and Furious” gun running scandal.
“It’s something that I think was unfortunate,” Holder said. “I think it’s a result of this kind of partisan sport that I think we engage in here in Washington far too often.”
Holder said the votes it didn’t bother him, considering who cast them.
“But I have to tell you that for me to really be affected by what happened,I’d have to have respect for the people who voted in that way,”Holder told ABC News. “And I didn’t, so it didn’t have that huge an impact on me.”
Holder’s disrespect for Republicans was on display at today’s hearing when he sneered at Gohmert, “good luck with your asparagus,” which you can hear at the very end of the clip.
The Wire’s Philip Bump explains the background for that barb.
Last May, Holder and Gohmert got into an argument at a House Judiciary Committee meeting. Gohmert, who’s been consistently critical of the attorney general (if largely inconsistent on the reason for the critique), alleged that the Department of Justice had failed to prevent the Boston marathon bombing. Holder criticized Gohmert’s characterization, and Gohmert, flustered, responded: “The attorney general will not cast aspersions on my asparagus.” It was never clear what he meant or what he was trying to say, but the “asparagus” line became a running joke, with Gohmert as the target.
That was an Attorney General of the United States trash talking a member of congress.
Glenn Beck was particularly taken aback by yesterday’s exchange:
“The spite… These guys are the worst people I have met. This is not a guy who falls to his knees and says, ‘Lord, just help me.’ These are not people who are afraid,” Glenn explained. “You have the attorney general of the United States of America who is dirty, who has done things over and over and over again, and has gotten away with it, who is not afraid of Congress, who is now saying this to the Oversight Committee. No respect. Nothing.”
In this moment Holder proves he not only lacks respect for Rep. Gohmert and his office but for the office of the Attorney General of the United States. When the head of the top law enforcement body in the country is disrespecting the committee that exists to oversee his department’s work, it really is disheartening.
“This is one of the most telling exchanges I think we’ve seen so far in this Administration,” Pat said.
“It really is,” Glenn concluded. “Holder is out of control.”
The next day, he’s in front of a black audience whining about racism as a way to incite them during a midterm election year.
Last month, Sharpton held a “voter rights” rally Cincinnati in which Obama’s most prolific voter, Melowese Richardson was given a hero’s welcome after serving only 8 months of her 5 year jail sentence. The Holder Justice Department has done nothing to Richardson “410 days (and counting) after she admitted on camera that she committed multiple federal felonies by voting six times for President Obama’s reelection.”
Via J. Christian Adams:
Federal law makes it a felony to vote more than once for President. In fact, 42 U.S.C. Section 1973i(e) subjects Richardson to twenty-five years in federal prison for her six votes for Obama.
The lack of DOJ action against an unrepentant federal vote fraudster combined with Richardson’s lionization by Sharpton and the organization that sponsored the rally demonstrates how the Justice Department is facilitating a culture of brazen criminality on the eve of the 2014 midterm elections. The failure to indict Richardson is the latest example of Holder’s department excusing lawlessness in federal elections and abandoning law abiding Americans.
Ohio Votes sponsored the rally where Richardson appeared with Sharpton. According to their website, it is a “year-round, statewide, nonpartisan 501(c)(3) voter mobilization initiative. It galvanizes nonprofits based in low income Ohio communities to increase voter participation and join efforts for fair elections.” The umbrella organization received$1,886,723 in government grants in 2012. The organization’s tax returns state the group exists to change “onerous voting laws” and that it focuses on “educating voters on the mechanics of how, when and where to participate in early voting for the Presidential election.”
The IRS continues to provide the group 501(c)(3) tax exempt status despite its active role in the reelection of the President, and its embrace of election criminals.