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    Eric Holder To Step Down As Attorney General

    Eric Holder To Step Down As Attorney General

    Eric Holder Jr., the nation's first black U.S. attorney general, is preparing to announce his resignation Thursday after a tumultuous tenure marked by civil rights advances, national security threats, reforms to the criminal justice system and five and a half years of fights with Republicans in Congress.

    Two sources familiar with the decision tell NPR that Holder, 63, intends to leave the Justice Department as soon as his successor is confirmed, a process that could run through 2014 and even into next year. A former U.S. government official says Holder has been increasingly "adamant" about his desire to leave soon for fear he otherwise could be locked in to stay for much of the rest of President Obama's second term.

    Holder already is one of the longest serving members of the Obama cabinet and ranks as the fourth longest tenured AG in history. Hundreds of employees waited in lines, stacked three rows deep, for his return in early February 2009 to the Justice Department, where he previously worked as a young corruption prosecutor and as deputy attorney general — the second in command — during the Clinton administration.

    But some of that early glow faded in part due to the politicized nature of the job and in part because of Holder's own rhetoric, such as a 2009 Black History Month speech where he said the country was "a nation of cowards" when it comes to discussions about racial tension.

    Five years later, violence erupted between police and protesters in Ferguson, Mo., after a white policeman killed an unarmed black 18 year old. And this time, the White House dispatched Holder to speak his piece, in effect jump starting that conversation, and helping to settle nerves in the frayed community.

    Another huge controversy — over his decision to try the 9-11 plotters in a New York courthouse in the shadow of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center — prompted venomous reaction from lawmakers, New York City officials and some victim families.

    Under pressure that threatened his job and his legacy, the attorney general reversed his decision and instead sent the cases to military court — where they continue to languish even as Osama Bin Laden's son-in-law and other terrorism defendants are serving life sentences in maximum security prisons on American soil.

    Holder most wants to be remembered for his record on civil rights: refusing to defend a law that defined marriage as between one man and one woman; suing North Carolina and Texas over voting restrictions that disproportionately affect minorities and the elderly; launching 20 investigations of abuses by local police departments; and using his bully pulpit to lobby Congress to reduce prison sentences for non-violent drug crimes. Many of those sentences disproportionately hurt minority communities.

    And then, there's his relationship with Congress. From the day Holder's nomination was announced, Republicans led by Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., signaled he would be a political lightning rod.

    The attorney general's portfolio, which spans sensitive law enforcement cases and hot button social issues including marijuana and gay marriage, didn't help. But even longtime aides say Holder didn't do enough to help himself by shrugging off preparations and moot sessions before congressional appearances and speaking off the cuff — and obliquely.

    Things hit a crisis point when the GOP-led House voted him in contempt for refusing to hand over documents about a gun trafficking scandal known as Fast and Furious. That represented the first time an attorney general had ever been rebuked that way but still Holder held onto his job.

    In the end, the decision to leave was Holder's alone — the two sources tell NPR the White House would have been happy to have him stay a full eight years and to avoid what could be a contentious nomination fight for his successor. Holder and President Obama discussed his departure several times and finalized things in a long meeting over Labor Day weekend at the White House.

    The attorney general told staff the news at DOJ this morning and has called civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., and Ethel Kennedy, the widow of former AG Robert F. Kennedy.

    The sources say a leading candidate for that job is Solicitor General Don Verrilli, the administration's top representative to the Supreme Court and a lawyer whose judgment and discretion are prized in both DOJ and the White House.

    Friends and former colleagues say Holder's made no decisions about his next professional perch, but they say it would be no surprise if he returned to the law firm Covington & Burling, where he spent years representing corporate clients.

    The friends say Holder is also considering donating his papers to a university in D.C. or his native New York, where he could establish a civil rights center to work more on law enforcement interactions with communities of color and host public forums on those issues.

    Even though the attorney general has his eyes on the door, the two sources say several more policy and enforcement initiatives are underway and could be announced soon.

    For instance, Holder sent a memo to U.S. Attorneys Wednesday urging them not to use sentencing enhancements known as "851" tools to gain leverage in plea negotiations with defendants — in essence, threatening defendants into avoiding trial with huge amounts of prison time. The practice has been criticized by U.S. District Judge John Gleeson in Brooklyn, as well as other jurists.

    Holder is also expected to notify federal prosecutors in coming days that the Justice Department will no longer require defendants who plead guilty to waive their rights to appeal based on ineffective lawyering. Many U.S. Attorneys now forgo that practice, but not all.

    Long awaited racial profiling guidelines for federal agents will be released soon, too. Those guidelines will make clear sexual orientation, ethnicity and religion are not legitimate bases for law enforcement suspicion but controversial mapping of certain communities — including Muslim-American ones — would still be allowed for national security investigations, one of the sources said.

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    The AG for arguably one of (if not) the most corrupt administrations in history was previously a corruption prosecutor.

    That strikes me as funny in a sad sorta way.
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    Wow, I would say that this is good news but I'm suspicious about this shitbag's motives.
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    He's been pretty bad.

    That being said, I have about zero confidence that the next person will be any better. I have gotten to that cynical point in my life that I think everyone is government is either on the take, an idiot, or both.
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    He should be locked up for Fast & Furious...
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    I heard Al Sharpton is involved in talks with the White House about the replacement. I'm not saying he will be the choice, that he will have a hand in who the replacement is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sickman View Post
    I heard Al Sharpton is involved in talks with the White House about the replacement. I'm not saying he will be the choice, that he will have a hand in who the replacement is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sickman View Post
    I heard Al Sharpton is involved in talks with the White House about the replacement. I'm not saying he will be the choice, that he will have a hand in who the replacement is.
    I love how a known tax cheat and fraud has a part in our national debate. But I can't say that, I'm sorry, that makes me racist to point out that a black guy is a cheat and tax fraud.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave's Dreidel View Post
    I love how a known tax cheat and fraud has a part in our national debate. But I can't say that, I'm sorry, that makes me racist to point out that a black guy is a cheat and tax fraud.
    DD, you are such a racist anymore

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave's Dreidel View Post
    I love how a known tax cheat and fraud has a part in our national debate. But I can't say that, I'm sorry, that makes me racist to point out that a black guy is a cheat and tax fraud.
    If it makes you feel better Tim Geihtner was a fraud and a tax cheat and he's white.

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    Al fucking Sharpton being consulted??? What a sham...

    Whoever it is, it'll probably be even worse than Holder... The corruption in this administration is beyond belief... Obama and his cronies/fellow criminals make Bush and co. look like Constitutional scholars...
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    Critics Are Claiming This Could Be the Real Reason Behind Attorney General Eric Holder’s Resignation


    Critics are drawing a connection between a federal judge’s recent decision to deny the Justice Department’s request to delay the release of a list of Fast and Furious documents and Attorney General Eric Holder’s impending resignation.

    U.S. District Court Judge John D. Bates ruled against the DOJ Thursday, denying a request to delay the release of a list of Fast and Furious documents known as a “Vaughn index.” The information has been withheld from Congress and the public under President Barack Obama’s assertion of executive privilege.

    Later on Thursday, it was reported that Holder intends to step down as attorney general after his successor is selected.

    Townhall’s Katie Pavlich, who wrote a book about the Fast and Furious gun-walking scandal, sarcastically called the two announcements a “coincidence” on Thursday.

    The conservative blog Weasel Zippers also made the connection and asked in a headline: “The Reason for Eric Holder’s Resignation?”


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    U.S. District Court Judge John D. Bates ultimately ruled that the “government’s argument for even more time is unconvincing” and gave the Obama administration 21 more days to produce the Vaughn index to Judicial Watch.

    Many users on Twitter seemed convinced the judge’s Fast and Furious ruling could be behind the resignation:

    Judicial Watch has more details on the fight to obtain the Fast and Furious Vaughn index:

    On July 18, [U.S. District Court Judge John D. Bates] ordered the Department of Justice to produce the documents list by October 1. The ruling by U.S. District Court Judge John D. Bates denied a motion by the Obama DOJ that it be given until over an extra month, until November 3, to produce the Vaughn index. Judge Bates noted that the Justice Department’s request showed the Justice Department was, “at best, it means the Department has been slow to react to this Court’s previous [July 18, 2014] Order. At worst, it means the Department has ignored that Order until now.”

    In its FOIA lawsuit, Judicial Watch sought all of the documents the Obama White House was withholding from the House of Representatives under its June 20, 2012, executive privilege claims. The House had been separately litigating to obtain the documents but had gotten nowhere until after Judge Bates ruled that the DOJ finally had to disclose the document information to Judicial Watch. On September 9, U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson, citing Judicial Watch’s success, ordered the DOJ to begin producing information to Congress by November 3.

    In denying the DOJ’s motion for an extension until the day before the November elections, Bates ruled, “The government’s argument for even more time is unconvincing,” and granted the government just 21 additional days to produce the Vaughn index to Judicial Watch.

    Whether there is anything damning enough in the Fast and Furious Vaughn index to force a sitting U.S. attorney general to resign remains to be seen.




    http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014...s-resignation/


    http://www.judicialwatch.org/press-r...ch-october-22/
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