Attorney General Eric Holder disputed a Government Accountability Office report on his use of Justice Department airplanes for personal trips, saying it overstated the number of trips he took and failed to recognize that some trips were job-related.
“My staff keeps telling me to take it easy, you know, well, this is one that gets me,” Holder told Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., during a House Appropriations subcommittee hearing. “There was this notion that we’ve taken — I think it was described as hundreds of personal trips. That was wrong. GAO counted flights, not round trips. And we looked at it and figured out from the time period that they were looking, we took not hundreds, but 27 personal, four combined — official and nonpersonal trips — and none of the trips that I took or that the [FBI] director took ever had an impact on the mission capability of those airplanes.”
Don’t get your hopes up that this will the final nail in Holder’s coffin – if the media didn’t care that this man got Mexican civilians and American law enforcement officers killed, they won’t care much about this – but pity the next Attorney General who has to take this position. Republican-appointed or Democratic; Eric Holder’s habit of casually defecating all over the office of Attorney General is going to leave one heck of a carpet-cleaning bill.
PS: Oh, I’m sure that it’s all nice and legal. I’m also sure that Eric Holder didn’t kick in for the gas.