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Court refuses to dismiss “Fast and Furious” documents case

Featured image The House of Representatives, as most of us recall, has demanded that the Obama administration produce records about its response to the Operation Fast and Furious gun-running scandal. President Obama refused to produce some of those records based on the assertion of executive privilege. He asserted the privilege even though, as I understand it, the documents in question were never provided to the president or his advisers The House held »

Washington Post calls out Obama/Holder for suing to block school choice

Featured image The Washington Post’s editors have ripped the Obama administration for petitioning a federal court to bar Louisiana from awarding vouchers for the 2014-15 school year to students in public school systems that are under federal desegregation orders, unless the vouchers are first approved by a federal judge. John wrote about this disgraceful suit here. The Post notes that “9 of 10 Louisiana children who receive vouchers to attend private schools »

Eric Holder Sues to Block Louisiana School Choice

Featured image In a sane world, this would be a scandal: Obama’s Department of Justice has sued to block poor African-Americans (and others) from escaping failing schools in Louisiana and trying, at least, to get a decent education: The Justice Department is trying to stop a school vouchers program in Louisiana that attempts to help families send their children to independent schools instead of under-performing public schools. The agency wants to stop »

Will Texas be “bailed in”?

Featured image The Justice Department is planning to institute legal action in a string of voting rights cases across the nation. As part of this campaign, Eric Holder says the government will ask a federal court in Texas to “subject the State of Texas to a preclearance regime similar to the one required by Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.” But wait! The Supreme Court just ruled that the formula in »

Lois Lerner’s ace in the hole

Featured image Will Lois Lerner cooperate with investigations into the IRS scandal or will she stonewall? My friend Ray Hartwell, writing for the American Spectator, argues that Lerner is unlikely to cooperate as long as she has her “ace in the hole,” namely Eric Holder. Hartwell, who has vast experience defending clients under investigation by the Justice Department, believes that, absent Holder, Lerner might well cooperate with a Justice Department investigation in »

DOJ understands that it has no case against Zimmerman

Featured image There’s an old joke that takes the form of a dialogue between a New England farmer and his neighbor: Farmer: Had to shoot my dog. Neighbor: Was he mad? Farmer: He wasn’t too pleased This joke comes to mind when I think about the concept of the “hate crime.” Let’s say a man intentionally shoots his wife. The following dialogue might ensue: Regular neighbor: Old Joe shot his wife. Lawyer »

Mexican police chief killed with “fast and furious” rifle

Featured image The Fast and Furious scandal has faded somewhat from the consciousness of even President Obama’s fiercest critics. How could it not, in view of the multitude of more recent Obama administration scandals. But Fast and Furious may return to the radar screen in light of this report: A high-powered rifle lost in the ATF’s Fast and Furious controversy was used to kill a Mexican police chief in the state of »

Did Eric Holder lie to Congress? One more look

Featured image Last week, I argued that Eric Holder’s submission to a court suggested that Fox News’ James Rosen was a flight risk. This representation — coupled with the statement that Rosen was “an aider, abettor and/or co-conspirator” in illegal obtaining, national security materials from a government official also under investigation — led me to conclude that Holder lied to Congress when he testified that he has never been “involved in” “potential »

Eric Holder clinches the case for his resignation or removal

Featured image Eric Holder’s interview with Pete Williams of NBC News is, as John says, a classic. It seems to me that Holder’s statements during the interview nail down the case that he lied to Congress or to a court. According to NBC’s account of the interview [note that NBC's written account does not appear to track word-for-word the video of the interview NBC posted along with its account], Holder said: I »

Eric Holder Says: It’s Too Bad We Don’t Have a Better Attorney General!

Featured image Barack Obama is the bystander president; nothing that happens in his administration has anything to do with him. Michael Ramirez illustrates the point: Eric Holder is the perfect attorney general for the Obama administration. As his Department of Justice sinks deeper and deeper into scandal, he retains a remarkable objectivity. Nothing that happens in the department that he ostensibly runs is, apparently, his doing. His NBC interview with Pete Williams »

It still looks like Holder lied to Congress

Featured image Two distinguished law professors and star bloggers — Jonathan Adler and Orin Kerr — have, in separate posts, argued that there is no case for the proposition that Eric Holder lied when he testified to Congress that he has never been “involved in” “potential prosecution of the press for the disclosure of material.” Many, including me and John, have suggested that Holder’s testimony doesn’t square with statements in an affidavit, »

Eric Holder’s pattern of giving false testimony

Featured image When President Obama nominated Eric Holder for Attorney General, the Republican establishment was not displeased. As I wrote at the time, “most members of that establishment feel more comfortable with their fellow Washington insider than they do with taking their chances on an Obama nominee to be named later.” At Power Line, though, we had major concerns about Holder. Prominent among them was his lack of honesty. For one thing, »

Eric Holder Investigates Himself

Featured image Michael Ramirez has a unique genius for summing up the absurdities of the Obama administration. Here we have Inspector Holder, searching for a clue: »

Did Eric Holder Commit Perjury? It Looks That Way

Featured image In his testimony before the House Judiciary Committee, Eric Holder was asked whether the Justice Department could prosecute reporters under the Espionage Act of 1917. This was his answer: In regard to potential prosecution of the press for the disclosure of material — this is not something I’ve ever been involved in, heard of, or would think would be wise policy. Later, the Department of Justice disclosed that Holder had »

Perjury may not be such a “hard rap to prove” in Eric Holder’s case

Featured image To my knowledge, Karl Rove was the first commentator to focus attention on a massive problem from which even Eric (“Nine Lives”) Holder may not be able to escape. Two weeks ago, testifying under oath before the House Judiciary Committee, Holder was asked whether the Justice Department could prosecute reporters under the Espionage Act of 1917. His response (emphasis added) was: In regard to potential prosecution of the press for »

The Associated Press Phone Records: Is It a Scandal?

Featured image Scandals are besetting the Obama administration so rapidly that it is hard to keep track of them. So far, I don’t believe we have said anything about the revelation that the Department of Justice secretly accessed several months worth of Associated Press telephone records. The AP is on the warpath: Reporters across The Associated Press are outraged over the Justice Department’s sweeping seizure of staff phone records — and they »

Mirandizing Tsarnaev — Questions for Eric Holder

Featured image Mike Rogers, Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, is as perplexed as I am about the circumstances associated with the Mirandization of the surviving Tsarnaev terrorist. Accordingly, he has written a letter to Eric Holder posing questions for the Attorney General. Concerned that the interrogation of Tsarnaev may have been “conducted in a manner that prematurely cut off a lawful, ongoing FBI interview to collect public safety information,” Rogers tells »