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.”
Well, that’s the report:
In a feature article, Mr. Holder said he plans on staying in his position “well into” the year.
Yeah, I probably wouldn’t want to be a Democratic executive branch official right now, either. More accurately: I wouldn’t want to be a Democratic executive branch official next year. Senate investigating committees traditionally have very little in the way of senses of humor when it comes to incompetent bureaucrats getting our law enforcement personnel killed; and it’s highly likely that the next Senate Majority Leader will find it, ah, convenient to revive that particular tradition. Best to bail now.
Moe Lane (crosspost)
PS: Yeah, I figure that Eric Holder and Valerie Jarrett are both on the Presidential pardon short list. I also figure that it’s a short list, mostly because I don’t really think that Barack Obama really ‘gets’ this entire loyalty thing…
I am going to break a rule and simply reproduce this entire post from the Louisiana Governor’s office. If Bobby Jindal has a problem with that – and I don’t think that the Governor will – I am sure that he will tell me so fairly quickly. It really cannot be excerpted; the idiocy of the federal government here is too stunning to do anything except appreciate in all of its, ah, glory.
Prepare to marvel at the l33t legal skills of Eric Holder’s Justice Department:
Attorney General Eric Holder faces a crucial decision on whether to press federal civil rights charges against George Zimmerman, after the neighborhood watchman was acquitted Saturday in the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin.
The NAACP and other leading civil rights groups are pressing for Holder to open a federal case against Zimmerman, after he was found not guilty on second-degree murder and manslaughter charges by a Florida jury.
…so I figure that he’s going to do it. (more…)
This is going to be Eric Holder’s life, now.
Attorney General Eric Holder has agreed to meet with House Republicans as part of their probe into whether he misled Congress or acted inappropriately in the Justice Department’s investigation of two separate leaks to media outlets.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) made the announcement late Friday after exchanging several weeks worth of testy letters with the nation’s top cop.
In agreeing to meet with the lawmakers, Holder staved off the threat of a subpoena from Goodlatte for a second time in as many weeks.
Short version: Eric Holder got to be testifying before the Senate on a day where the big news was that the NSA was having Verizon pull its phone logs and hand them over to the federal government. Mark Kirk had an opportunity to ask questions.
For those of you who don’t have video, here’s a rough translation/summary of what Holder and Kirk said: (more…)
Not to pile on Eric Holder or anything, but on December 12, 2008 somebody tried to murder several women and children at Sarah Palin’s old church in Wasilla, Alaska. The assailants did this by pouring accelerants on the doors and then setting the place on fire; and you would think that a Justice Department which was about to be headed up by the first African-American Attorney General would take a dim view of somebody trying to burn down a church with people inside of it, just to score some political points. However, there has been absolutely no resolution of this. The Justice Department seems to be remarkably indifferent to what happened, back then.
This is what we in the business call a hint .
Over the course of four and a half years, no other member of President Obama’s cabinet has been at the center of so many polarizing episodes or the target of so much criticism. While the White House publicly backed Mr. Holder as he tried to smooth over the latest uproar amid new speculation about his future, some in the West Wing privately tell associates they wish he would step down, viewing him as politically maladroit. But the latest attacks may stiffen the administration’s resistance in the near term to a change for fear of emboldening critics.
See, this administration never gives in to terrori… no, wait, sorry: I was thinking of the Bush Administration. This administration never wants to give into Republicans (which is not even remotely the same thing, fever dreams of the Online Left to the contrary). So they’re not going to want to escort Eric Holder out of the door simply on my say-so*. But if they can get a bunch of Democrats to regretfully say that it is of course a shame that the GOP is politicizing this issue, blah blah, that it’s so unfair that Holder is a target of a witch hunt, yadda yadda, but nonetheless the reality must be faced that Republican intransigence has put Holder in an untenable position, etc, etc, etc… we all know how the game is played by now, yes?
Such a bald statement from Reuters about the Department of Justice’s targeting of Fox News reporter James Rosen: “The Justice Department said on Friday that officials up to Attorney General Eric Holder vetted a decision to search an email account belonging to a Fox News reporter whose report on North Korea prompted a leak investigation” (Bolding mine). But there are three things that we can safely enough deduce from this:
- The decision to try to criminalize what is pretty standard journalistic behavior – simply put, the government has always reserved the right to punish leakers while also accepting (usually through gritted teeth) that they had to keep their hands off of reporters – was ultimately made by Attorney General Eric Holder. That is known. They just admitted it.
- It is virtually impossible to credit that Barack Obama has regulated his government in such a way so that Eric Holder does not feel either obligated or required to go to his boss and say Oh, by the way: we’re going to name a journalist as a flight risk and potential co-conspirator in a leak case so that we won’t have to tell his news organization that we’re tapping his email. Which does not mean that many people will not try to get around that rather commonsense observation.
- Eric Holder maybe will survive today, more’s the pity. He may even make it past next Friday. But even the Huffington Post has given up on this guy.
…while killing rather more citizens accidentally.
The New York Times baldly says why (bolding mine): “One day before President Obama is due to deliver a major speech on national security, his administration on Wednesday formally acknowledged that the United States had killed four American citizens in drone strikes in Yemen and Pakistan.” Best to have that finally on the record before said speech, eh? – Particularly since the administration needs to tread the difficult path of following George W Bush’s basic counter-terrorism policy while still roundly criticizing George W Bush’s basic counter-terrorism strategy*. Thus pleasing nobody, but then this administration has rarely shown any sort of concern that their actions might be offensive, annoying, or (these days) even comprehensible to others. I understand that it’s part of their, and I use the term loosely, ‘charm.’
And Twitter just started the resignation watch.
OBAMABUS being wound up. RT @moelane: Ohhhhhh sh*t: Barack Obama has ‘complete confidence’ in Eric Holder.He’s dead in the water.
— Aaron Gardner (@Aaron_RS) May 16, 2013
Eric Holder has Obama’s complete confidence even though he may have perjured himself yesterday by falsely claiming a recusal
— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) May 16, 2013
“Billy Martin is my manager…” RT @hotlinejosh: Obama: “I have complete confidence in Eric Holder as Attorney General”
— Dan McLaughlin (@baseballcrank) May 16, 2013
— SonnyGirard (@SonnyGirard) May 16, 2013
@moelane “I have complete confidence in the coach” = RIP
— Dome Beers (@DomeBeers) May 16, 2013
…Well, at least my Twitter neighborhood did.