Good Riddance – Eric Holder To Step Down As Attorney General (Remembering Top Ten Crimes / Conflicts of Interest of the “Top Cop”)

September 25, 2014 by  
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Our low opinion of Mr Holder has nothing to do with Race. (Just ask the Black Communities he persecuted!) This guy made even John Ashcroft blush…. HOPEfully he will be held accountable for his crimes on behalf of the global elite!!! 

 

Just for the sake of it – Here is a little walk down Memory Hole Lane:

 

1) In his final days with the Clinton administration, Holder carried out his duties with Clinton’s last-minute pardon of fugitive and Democratic contributor Marc Rich. Regarding discussions with the White House lawyers on the issue, Holder said he was at first “neutral” on the decision to grant Rich a pardon, but might lean in favor of it if there were national security benefits. Holder said that he was told that Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak had asked Clinton to grant the pardon.

2) Holder briefly served as Acting Attorney General under President George W. Bush until the Senate confirmed Bush’s nominee John Ashcroft

3) From 2001 until he became Attorney General, Holder worked as an attorney at Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C. (Along with Michael Chertoff et al) – representing clients such as Merck and theNational Football League. He represented the NFL during its dog fighting investigation against Michael Vick.

In 2004, Holder helped negotiate an agreement with the Justice Department for Chiquita Brands International in a case that involved Chiquita’s payment of “protection money” to the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia, a group on the U.S. government’s list of terrorist organizations. In the agreement, Chiquita’s officials pleaded guilty and paid a fine of $25 million. Holder represented Chiquita in the civil action that grew out of this criminal case. In March 2004, Holder and Covington & Burling were hired by Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich to act as a special investigator to the Illinois Gaming Board. The investigation was subsequently canceled on May 18, 2004.

The firm represented Guantanamo inmates but Holder “never participated directly in the firm’s Guantanamo work”, and is not expected to recuse himself from matters pertaining to it.

*Controversial clients of the firm include: Office Chérifien des PhosphatesCreekstone Farms Quality Beef, Southern Peru Copper Corporation, Philip Morris, Halliburton (War profiteering case), and Xe Services aka Blackwater, and David Samson (Christie / Rockefeller stooge at Port Authority NJ)

4) During his years in private practice, Holder represented the Swiss private bank UBS. Because of this, he recused himself from participating in the Department of Justice investigation of UBS’s abetting of tax evasion by U.S. account-holders and the prosecution of Brad Birkenfeld. (As Attorney General, he also had to bow out of the Roger Clemens contempt of Congress prosecution because the pitcher was once a client of Covington and Burling.

5) Holder defended the legality of drone strikes against terrorists. Addressing the death of Anwar al-Aulaqi, an American citizen (As well as his 16 year old son, whom had no provable ties to terrorism)

6) On April 1, 2009, Holder announced that he had ordered the dismissal of the indictment against former Senator Ted Stevens on corruption charges. Stevens had been found guilty, but hadn’t been sentenced; Holder’s action effectively vacated Stevens’ conviction

7) In 2010, in the run up to the referendum on California Proposition 19, which would have legalized marijuana use for personal recreation, Holder stated that the DOJ would continue to prosecute individuals on the federal level for possession of marijuana even if voters approved a ballot measure

* House Oversight Committee chairman Darrell Issa and Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley sent Holder a letter in May 2011 asking for details about Operation Fast and Furious, a “botched federal firearms sting” operation that allowed about 2,000 weapons to reach Mexican drug gangs. Grassley and Issa “urged Holder to cooperate and turn over subpoenaed records that would reveal the scope of the government coverup.” (We are all still waiting….)

8) On March 6, 2013, Holder testified to the Senate Judiciary Committee that the size of large financial institutions has made it difficult for the Justice Department to bring criminal charges when they are suspected of crimes, because such charges can threaten the existence of a bank and therefore their interconnectedness may endanger the national or global economy. (See his connections to Banks above – Under Holder, Prosecution rates against crimes by large financial institutions are at 20-year lows)

Holder has also endorsed the notion that prosecutors, when deciding to pursue white-collar crimes, should give special consideration to “collateral consequences” of bringing charges against large corporate institutions, as outlined in a 1999 memorandum by Holder. Nearly a decade later Holder, as head of the Department of Justice, put this into practice and has demonstrated the weight “collateral consequences” has by repeatedly sought and reached deferred prosecution and non-prosecution agreements and settlements with large financial institutions such as J.P. Morgan Chase, HSBC, Countrywide Mortgage, Wells Fargo, Goldman Sachs, and others where the institution pays a fine or penalty but faces no criminal charges and admits no wrongdoing.  Whereas in the previous decade EVEN the Bush administration’s Department of Justice often sought criminal charges against individuals of large institutions regardless of “collateral consequences” such as cases involving Enron, Adelphia Communications Corporation, Tyco International, and others.

9) On May 13, 2013, the Associated Press announced telephone records for 20 of their reporters during a two-month period in 2012, had been seized by the Justice Department. They described these acts as a “massive and unprecedented intrusion” into news-gathering operations.  Holder testified under oath in front of the House Judiciary Committee and made it clear he recused himself from the leak investigations to avoid any appearance of a conflict of interest. Holder said his Deputy Attorney General, James Cole, was in charge of the AP investigation and would’ve ordered the subpoenas. When questioning turned to possibility of journalists being charged under the Espionage Act for reporting classified material, Holder stated: “With regard to the potential prosecution of the press for the disclosure of material, that is not something that I’ve ever been involved in, heard of or would think would be a wise policy.”

It was later reported the DOJ monitored Fox News reporter, James Rosen’s activities by tracking his visits to the State Department, through phone traces, timing of calls and his personal emails. NBC confirmed with the Justice Department that Holder had personally signed off on the Rosen subpoenas.

10) 

Articles of impeachment against

On November 14, 2013, Representative Pete Olson (R-TX), along with 19 Republicans, introduced an Articles of Impeachment resolution against Holder for his role in Operation Fast and Furious and other scandals of President Barack Obama’s administration.  As of June 2014, there awere 26 co-sponsors to the bill.

 

 

Contempt of Congress case against Holder will proceed

Opponent says timing of resignation no coincidence

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via NPR (National Petroleum Radio / or… National Protection Racket)

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 5 1/2 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 that 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, in early February 2009 to witness his return 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 Sept. 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 victims’ 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 (seriously?): 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 nonviolent 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 that 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 on to his job.

In the end, the decision to leave was Holder’s alone — the two sources tell NPR that 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 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 DOJ staff the news this morning and has called civil rights icon (And corrupt money skimmer)  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 has 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 Washington, 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 and 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 that sexual orientation, ethnicity and religion are not legitimate bases for law enforcement suspicion, but controversial mapping of certain communities — including Muslim Americans (or  enemies of the Obusha admin…) — would still be allowed for national security investigations, one of the sources said.

 

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One Response to “Good Riddance – Eric Holder To Step Down As Attorney General (Remembering Top Ten Crimes / Conflicts of Interest of the “Top Cop”)”
  1. Jack Blood says:

    Holder Resigns

    by Stephen Lendman

    He’s leaving. His nightmarish reign ends. He won’t be missed. He’ll be remembered as one of America’s most lawless attorneys general.

    He waged war on fundamental civil liberties. Francis Boyle called him “a total disaster for the United States Constitution, the Bill of Rights, Human Rights and the Rule of Law.”

    He expects his successor to be worse. Rogue states operate this way. Obama presides over a homeland police state apparatus.

    He governs lawlessly. Expect another partner in crime to be nominated. Expect no letup in core rule of law principles violations.

    Or war wagrd on fundamental freedoms. They’re disappearing in plain sight. They’re targeted for elimination altogether. Perhaps they’ll die before Obama’s tenure ends.

    Maybe his new attorney general will get marching orders to eliminate remaining ones. Perhaps tyranny is one presidential diktat away.

    Holder’s departure won’t change things. Expect worse ahead, not better. It’s the American way. It’s subservience to wealth, power and privilege.

    It’s letting popular needs go begging. Criminality at the highest public and private levels flourish. Unprecedented grand theft continues.

    So does war on humanity. It rages at home and abroad. Washington’s criminal class runs things. It’s bipartisan. It’s beholden to monied interests.

    Corruption is deep-seated. It’s unprecedented. Washington’s complicity with corporate crooks gives it new meaning.

    Justice Department officials support corrupt power. They defend what demands prosecution.

    Presidents bear full responsibility. Attorneys General share it. So do congressional members and courts to the highest level.

    Holder is America’s 82nd attorney general. He’s the first African-American one. He’s stepping down four months shy of six years in office.

    On December 1, 2008, Obama nominated him. On February 3, 2009, he was sworn in.

    He’s a former US Attorney, Clinton Deputy Attorney General and Superior Court of the District of Columbia judge.

    Earlier he was a Washington-based Covington & Burling litigation partner. Perhaps he’ll return to cash in more than ever.

    He was Obama’s senior campaign legal advisor. He was one of a three-member vice-presidential selection committee.

    Fast and Furious was a Phoenix-based Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) so-called “gun-walking” operation from 2009 to 2011.

    Licensed Arizona gun dealers were encouraged to sell firearms to known criminals. The idea was to trace them cross-border to Mexican drug cartels.

    It was part of a broader Project Gunrunner operation. At issue was halting the flow of weapons to known Mexican criminals.

    No high-profile drug cartel figures were arrested. Crime scene guns tracked by ATF operatives were found on both sides of the border.

    Gunwalking operations became public knowledge after US Border Patrol agent Brian Terry’s murder. Disgruntled ATF agents testified before Congress.

    On June 12, 2012, Holder became America’s first sitting cabinet member held in contempt by Congress.

    Its members should have impeached him while they had a chance. Then prosecuted him for malfeasance and dereliction of duty in office.

    Candidate Obama promised transparency, accountability and reform. Straightaway in office he broke every major pledge.

    Holder served him as judge, prosecutor and executioner. He helped wage his phony war on terror.

    Another on government whistleblowers. One more on journalists exposing government activities Obama and Holder want kept secret.

    Holder did so when challenging Washington wrongdoing is more urgent than ever.

    Press freedom was endangered on Holder’s watch. He authorized lawless surveillance power.

    It includes warrantless wiretapping, accessing personal records, monitoring financial transactions, and tracking emails, Internet and cell phone use.

    It’s to gather secret evidence for prosecutions. It’s done lawlessly. It continues. Obama wants truth and full disclosure suppressed.

    He wants whistleblowers silenced. He targeted more than all his predecessors combined. Holder was his man at DOJ.

    He conspired with him against fundamental freedoms. Gross injustice replaced it. Both men betrayed the public trust.

    On fabricated national security grounds, activists, political dissidents, anti-war protestors, Muslims, Latino immigrants, lawyers who defend them, whistleblowers, and investigative journalists were ruthlessly targeted.

    Waging war on truth-telling is more aggressive than ever. Holder has much to answer for.

    He was involved with militarizing city and state police forces.
    Obama ludicrously called him another Ramsey Clark.

    Law Professor Jonathan Turley called his tenure “one of the most damaging periods in our history with a comprehensive attack on various constitutional rights and principles from free speech to the free press to international law.”

    He “fought aggressively to expand the powers of the presidency and national security laws over countervailing individual rights and separation of powers principles.”

    “Holder truly personifies an administration of unrivaled ambitions colliding with inescapable realities.”

    “(I)t didn’t take long for (his) “Mr. Smith comes to Washington” story to become “all the king’s men.”

    Obama heads a Murder, Inc. administration. He can order anyone killed by drones, bullets, knives, slit throats or other means.

    He targets anyone, anywhere for any reason or none at all. US citizens are vulnerable like foreign nationals.

    Core rule of law principles don’t matter. Obama’s policy circumvents them. He ignored UN Charter’s Article 2(4), stating:

    “All Members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state, or in any other manner inconsistent with the Purposes of the United Nations.”

    Anticipatory or preemptive self-defense against nations, groups, or individuals based on alleged threats is prohibited and lawless if undertaken.

    It doesn’t matter. Obama governs extrajudicially. He usurped diktat power. He authorized detaining anyone, anywhere in the world on his say alone. Without charges, trials, due process or judicial review.

    He continues Bush’s torture agenda. Holder blocked prosecutions. He did so despite international and constitutional law obligations to pursue them.

    He ignored US law. Other times he twisted it for political purposes. For self-aggrandizement.

    He used the long outdated 1917 Espionage Act against Edward Snowden, Julian Assange, and Chelsea (aka Bradley) Manning.

    It’s a WW I relic. It has no current relevance. It belongs in history’s dustbin.

    It was about interfering with military operations, supporting enemies, promoting insubordination in the ranks, or challenging military recruitment.

    In Texas v. Johnson (1989), Supreme Court Justice William Brennan wrote the majority opinion, saying:

    “(I)f there is a bedrock principle underlying the First Amendment, it is that government may not prohibit the expression of an idea simply because society finds the idea offensive or disagreeable.”

    Snowden, Manning, Assange and others wrongfully charged committed no crimes. Whistleblower Protection Act provisions safeguard them. They’re supposed to.

    They protect federal employees reporting misconduct. Federal agencies are prohibited from retaliating against those who do so.

    Not according to Holder. He went after them vengefully. Vindictively. His DOJ was Stalinist. He justified the unjustifiable.

    He supported Obama’s right to attack other countries without Security Council or congressional authorization.

    He enforced a litany of police state laws. He acted lawlessly. He did it shamelessly.

    He refused to prosecute Wall Street crooks. He let major ones get away with the grandest of grand theft.

    A few faced slap-on-the wrist fines only. Not a single top executive did prison time.

    The worst of Street practices continue. Major banks and other financial institutions are free to operate lawlessly.

    To steal. To rig markets. To rip off customers. To profit handsomely from ill-gotten gains.

    War profiteers thrived on Holder’s watch. Trillions of dollars of waste, fraud and abuse didn’t matter. They still don’t.

    Public Citizen’s Robert Weissman called his record “badly blemished by his nearly overwhelming failure to hold corporate criminals accountable” alone.

    Interventionism is official US policy. So is unbridled power. The right to wage war on humanity.

    To ravage and destroy nations. To plunder their resources for profit. To exploit their people.

    To do so on the pretext of national security. To commit the highest of high crimes with impunity. Holder’s OK was automatic. Rubber-stamp.

    He defended entrapment. It occurs when law enforcement officials or agents induce, influence, or provoke crimes that otherwise wouldn’t be committed. It involves:

    government officials or agents initiating the idea;

    persuading individuals to act; and

    doing so despite no previous intent or willingness.

    Holder supported the practice. He did so publicly. He defended the indefensible. He lied saying:

    Entrapment “is (an) essential law enforcement tool in uncovering and preventing terror attacks.”

    “I make no apologies for how FBI agents handle their work,” he added. Doing it extrajudicially doesn’t matter.

    According to Holder, ends justify means. He wrongfully charged scores of Muslims lawlessly.

    Lynne Stewart was unjustifiably imprisoned on his watch. It was for defending the wrong client. One Washington wanted convicted.

    She spent 30 defending society’s most unwanted. Its most vulnerable. She and her husband Ralph Poynter uncompromisingly defend human and civil rights.

    On October 2 at 10:30AM EDT, they’ll be Progressive Radio News Hour guests on the Progressive Radio Network.

    This writer hosts it. The program is archived for easy listening.

    Throughout his tenure, Holder failed to find a single bona fide terrorist. It didn’t matter.

    He charged innocent men and women lawlessly. He imprisoned them on bogus charges. He violated constitutional and US statute laws doing so.

    He gave rogue DOJ practices new meaning. He leaves office unapologetically. He won’t be missed!

    http://sjlendman.blogspot.com/

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