Eric Holder is the Attorney General under President Barack Obama. Currently under fire for his role in the Operation Fast and Furious scandal, Holder is no stranger to controversy. While serving as Deputy Attorney General under President Bill Clinton, Holder pushed hard for clemency for FALN terrorists, members of a Puerto Rican nationalist organization convicted of bank robbery, possession of explosives and participating in a seditious conspiracy. Thanks to Holder’s work, Clinton eventually granted clemency for the terrorists over the vigorous objections of the FBI and other law enforcement agencies. In 2009 and under Holder’s leadership, the Justice Department dropped charges against New Black Panther Party members who engaged in racial voter intimidation at a Philadelphia polling station in 2008. The case was a slam dunk. Holder’s DoJ is accused of political hiring practices and refusing to prosecute civil rights cases against minorities.
“If you want to call me an activist attorney general, I will proudly accept that label.
…[To critics that say there’s an] activist civil rights division and this is an activist attorney general — I’d say I agree with you 1000 percent and [I am] proud of it.”
“Many of those without IDs would have to travel great distances to get them, and some would struggle to pay for the documents they might need to obtain them. We call those poll taxes.”
“I’ve become a symbol of what they don’t like about the positions this Justice Department has taken. I am also a proxy for the president in an election year. You have to be exceedingly naive to think that [contempt] vote was about . . . documents.”
“This is a way to get at the president because of the way I can be identified with him…both due to the nature of our relationship and, you know, the fact that we’re both African-American.”
“I know that – in distant countries, and within our own borders – there are people intent on, and actively plotting to, kill Americans.
Victory and security will not come easily, and they won’t come at all if we adhere to a rigid ideology, adopt a narrow methodology, or abandon our most effective terror-fighting weapon – our Article III [civil] court system.”
“What we need to do is change the way people think about guns, especially young people, and make it something that’s not cool, not acceptable, it’s not hip to carry a gun anymore.
…We need to do this every day of the week, and just really brainwash people into thinking about guns in a vastly different way.”