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Appalling Corruption And Deceit Alleged in DOJ Case Against Sierra Pacific Industries

Oct 20, 2014 9:10 AM PT

Two former Assistant United States Attorneys have come forward with allegations of deceit and corruption in a case prosecuted by the Holder Justice Department that are so appalling, a federal district judge has ordered the recusal from the case of every judge in the Eastern District of California. 

The DOJ brought the case against Sierra Pacific Industries, a California lumber company, for allegedly being responsible for a wildfire that destroyed 65,000 acres in California in 2007. 

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House Oversight Committee Pursues New Contempt Charges, Fines, And Possibly Jail Time For Holder

Oct 4, 2014 10:34 PM PT

The House Oversight Committee is pursuing another contempt of court charge, and possibly a daily monetary fine,  and jail time for outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder unless he complies with a court order to release certain Fast and Furious documents.

Via The Washington Times:  

Members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee requested U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson to fine Mr. Holder if he doesn’t comply with her own order issued back in August — the one where she said he couldn’t claim executive privilege to keep private certain documents related to the federal gun-running program, “Operation Fast and Furious,” Politico reported.

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Finally: Eric Holder To Step Down

Sep 25, 2014 10:29 AM PT

Eric Holder, the most corrupt attorney general in our nation's history, has finally decided to step down after six scandal-ridden years at the Department of Justice. 

With the Senate likely to change hands after the midterm elections, the president will want to have the confirmation process for his pick for the next Attorney General (aka "scandal goalie" or "firewall") over before the Republican Senate convenes in January. 

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Justice Dept. Watchdog Says DOJ Is Impeding Investigations

Sep 9, 2014 12:51 PM PT

During a House Judiciary hearing, Tuesday,  the chief watchdog for the Department of Justice claimed that senior officials at the DOJ have impeded or delayed him from gaining access to important documents crucial to his investigations.

"The FBI and some other department components ... have refused our requests for various types of documents. As a result, a number of our reviews have been significantly impeded," Inspector General Michael Horowitz said.

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The truth will set you free...or maybe inflame you, one or the other

Aug 18, 2014 7:59 AM PT

In response to Holder DOJ Behind the Suppression of Michael Brown Robbery Video :

I find this whole idea of suppressing the truth because it might be "inflammatory" to be incredibly offensive, not to mention obviously ineffectual.  The people who profess sympathy for the protesters in Ferguson are awfully quick to patronize them as volatile children who can't handle the truth.  (Let's be honest, some people are sympathetic to the rioters and looters too, and I suspect those individuals are no longer terribly concerned with the truth, so it's not going to "inflame" them any more than they already are.)

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Holder DOJ Behind the Suppression of Michael Brown Robbery Video

Aug 17, 2014 1:04 PM PT

“If you want to call me an activist attorney general, I will proudly accept that label,” Holder said in a recent interview. “Any attorney general who is not an activist is not doing his or her job.”

The surveillance video that showed Michael Brown robbing a convenience store, was a highly relevant piece of information. The aggression the "gentle giant" displayed toward the store clerk lent credence to Officer Darren Wilson's side of the story - which is that the 6'4" 292 pound Brown assaulted him, and went after his gun while he was inside the police car. It has also been alleged by a family friend and an eye witness that Brown charged the officer after he got out of his car to pursue him.

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Amid Planned Protests, Eric Holder Cancels Police Academy Speech in OKC

Apr 24, 2014 11:24 AM PT

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has cancelled his appearance at an Oklahoma City police academy graduation ceremony amid a planned protest by conservative lawmakers and organizations. 

Holder will still be traveling to Oklahoma City but will no longer be speaking before the 42 graduating police cadets at the First Church just east of the Oklahoma City National Memorial.  Protest organizers were calling on the officers in attendance "to place Holder in handcuffs."

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Eric Holder's contempt for contempt

Apr 11, 2014 12:08 PM PT

In response to No Really - Holder Shrugged Off Being Held In Contempt Of Congress:

The idea that Holder is somehow privately tortured over his contempt of Congress citation might be the most intellectually insulting thing he's ever said... and that's saying something, because this is the same guy who thinks cracking down on vote fraud is a racist conspiracy.  There's a bit of humor to be found in the way he makes it clear in the same exchange with Gohmert that he doesn't have an ounce of respect for the citation, or the Congress that issued it.  It takes Holder all of twenty seconds to prove Gohmert's point, in the process of railing against him for making it.

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No Really - Holder Shrugged Off Being Held In Contempt Of Congress

Apr 10, 2014 6:54 PM PT

As long as liberals keep saying that Rep. Louie Gohmert is quasi-racist or at the very least disrespectful and rude for suggesting during the Judiciary hearing Tuesday that Attorney General Eric Holder didn't take being held in contempt seriously, I'm going to have to keep pounding this. 

On the O'Reilly Factor tonight, Bill asked James Carville if it "jarred" him to hear the Attorney General make a racial assertion like he did before Al Sharpton's group, Wednesday.  Carville answered, no, because he believed the Attorney General really felt that way. 

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Holder Plays Race Card - Complains About 'Ugly Adversity' in the House Before Sharpton Group

Apr 9, 2014 3:56 PM PT

In response to Eric Holder Feb 2013: 'Contempt Vote Didn't Have Huge Impact On Me':

Just one day after his contentious back and forth with Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-TX), Attorney General Eric Holder credited himself with "making great strides and lasting reforms in the face of ugly adversity" before Al Sharpton's annual National Action Network Annual convention. 

"I have been proud to stand along side of you in supporting efforts to advance the cause of justice that has always been at the center of this , this administrations work I am pleased to note that the last five years have been defined by significant strides and lasting reforms, even in the face, even in the face, of unprecedented, unwarranted ugly adversity. And if you don't believe that, you look at the way ...forget about me... forget about me , you look at the way the Attorney General of the Untied States was treated yesterday by a House committee. Had nothing to do with me - what Attorney General has ever had to deal with that kind of treatment? What President has ever had to deal with that kind of treatment "

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Eric Holder Feb 2013: 'Contempt Vote Didn't Have Huge Impact On Me'

Apr 8, 2014 1:24 PM PT

Attorney General Eric Holder got a little feisty during a House Judiciary Committee Hearing Tuesday when Rep. Louis Gohmert suggested that being held in contempt of Congress didn’t appear to matter to the Attorney General.

Charlie Spiering at Big Government reported:

After Holder dismissed Gohmert's requests for documents relating to congressional investigations, Gohmert said, “I realize that contempt is not a big deal to our Attorney General, but it is important that we have proper oversight."

“You don’t want to go there buddy!” Holder responded. “You don’t want to go there, OK?”

“You should not assume that uh that is not a big deal to me,” Holder continued. “I think it was inappropriate, I think it was unjust, but never think that it was not a big deal to me. Don’t ever think that.”

Gohmert insisted that Republicans were focused on getting to the bottom of the Fast and Furious gun running scandal.

“I don’t need lectures from you about contempt,” Gohmert fired back.

“And I don’t need lectures from you either,” Holder responded.

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FBI Agents Assoc Joins Revolt Against DOJ Nomination of Cop Killer Advocate

Feb 7, 2014 8:12 AM PT

Is there is a major law enforcement group in America that hasn't come out against Obama's ultra radical pick to head the Civil Rights Division of the DOJ? Who supports this nomination? Are there no Democrats in the Senate with enough sense to oppose it? So far, no. 

Debo Adegbile cleared his first hurdle toward confirmation  with a 10-8 party line vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee, yesterday. Democrats blocked Maureen Faulker, the widow of murdered Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner, from giving testimony against the obnoxious nomination.

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By a vote of 14-6 judicial activism was born in the US Senate

Sep 24, 2013 4:50 AM PT

To be fair the house helped. I'm not against the Supreme Court. I think it is a good institution overall. There have been too many instances of activism on both the right and the left.

Best interest of the nation is a tricky place to operate. In the end it is the integrity of the judges that is key. Because they are human, some with agendas, how about term limits (25 years) and guaranteed retirement packages? May not cure all but helps to remove some of the incentives to do wrong.

The Judiciary Act of 1789, officially titled "An Act to Establish the Judicial Courts of the United States," was signed into law by President George Washington on September 24, 1789. Article III of the Constitution established a Supreme Court, but left to Congress the authority to create lower federal courts as needed. Principally authored by Senator Oliver Ellsworth of Connecticut, the Judiciary Act of 1789 established the structure and jurisdiction of the federal court system and created the position of attorney general. Although amended throughout the years by Congress, the basic outline of the federal court system established by the First Congress remains largely intact today.

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Judicial Watch: AG Holder Racks Up Over $4 Million in Taxpayer Funded Travel Expenses in 4 Years

Aug 6, 2013 1:27 PM PT

According to documents obtained by Judicial Watch through the Freedom Of Information Act , the travel expenses of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder have exceeded $4 million for 213 separate trips he took between March 27, 2009, and August 24, 2012. The trips amount to $4,263,704.01 total and include 31 personal trips.

“For personal trips, Holder is required to reimburse the government for the equivalent commercial coach fare, which is often much less than the total trip costs according to the GAO.”

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The government's duty to protect George Zimmerman

Jul 15, 2013 8:43 PM PT

In response to DOJ To Investigate Zimmerman - Still Not Interested In New Black Panther Threats:

This is one of the more bizarre and frustrating aspects of the Zimmerman trial and its aftermath.  Zimmerman has been under constant death threats.  It's conventional wisdom that he'll spend the rest of his life in hiding, never able to live normally again.  The mob seems to take great satisfaction from this, judging by their triumphant Internet chatter.  Victor Cruz, wide receiver for the New York Giants, beclowned himself with a Twitter message estimating that "Zimmerman doesn't last a year before the hood catches up to him," for which he later apologized.  (For a little variety from the sports world, Roddy White of the Atlanta Falcons told the jurors to "go home tonight and kill themselves for letting a grown man get away with killing a kid, for which he also eventually offered a tepid apology.)

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DOJ To Investigate Zimmerman - Still Not Interested In New Black Panther Threats

Jul 15, 2013 12:13 PM PT

Yesterday, the Obama Department of Justice announced that it would pursue an investigation into George Zimmerman for federal civil rights offenses even though the FBI has already examined the case, and found that Zimmerman had "a little hero complex, but not as a racist."

In a speech, today, Attorney General Eric Holder said that a legal decision has been made on the case. He went on to say, that whatever the DoJ's decision, we must not let this latest opportunity to speak "honestly about race" pass as we have done so many times before.

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Holder: 'I have No Intention' Of Stepping Down (Video)

Jun 6, 2013 10:08 AM PT

In an interview with NBC's Pete Williams, Wednesday, embattled Attorney General Eric Holder continued his efforts to rehabilitate himself and get back into the media's good graces.  Holder told Williams, “there are some things that I want to do; some things I want to get done that I've discussed with the president, and once I have finished that, I'll sit down with him, and we'll determine when it's time to make a transition to a new attorney general."

Asked if he would step down following calls from the GOP that he do so in the wake of the AP/Rosen wiretapping scandals, he answered curtly, "no, I have no intention of doing so now.” 

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Report: DOJ Will 'Very Likely' Investigate Guardian NSA Leak

Jun 6, 2013 9:07 AM PT

Today, Americans woke up to hear that the NSA is collecting millions of their phone records on a daily basis under a court order obtained in April. But don't worry, our intrepid attorney general has sprung into action.

According to NBC reporter, Pete Williams, the DOJ will 'most likely' investigate the source who leaked the bombshell NSA information to Glenn Greenwald at The Guardian.

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Holder Has Flunkie Answer Questions About Conflicting Testimony on Rosen Warrant

Jun 3, 2013 2:32 PM PT

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) today received a letter from Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Peter Kadzik in response to a recent letter they sent to Attorney General Eric Holder.  

The original letter was regarding the discrepancy between Holder's sworn testimony before the House Judiciary Committee earlier this month and his decision to obtain a search warrant for the emails of James Rosen, the chief Washington correspondent for Fox News.   

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Ominous baby talk hides the real problems of Islam

May 31, 2013 8:27 AM PT

In response to US Attorney Bill Killian: Posting Something Mean About Muslims on Social Media Might Be a Criminal Action Under Federal Civil Rights Laws:

I wrote about this at great length this morning, because this story is one of those rabbit holes that just keeps getting deeper as you tumble down it.  Not only do you have all these ominous comments about free speech getting crushed by civil-rights prosecutions (when does that start happening to people like, say, Tamerlan Tsarnaev?) but there's a staggering amount of pure idiocy about how Islam has exactly the same propensity for producing terrorists as every other religious tradition, because Timothy McVeigh.

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US Attorney Bill Killian: Posting Something Mean About Muslims on Social Media Might Be a Criminal Action Under Federal Civil Rights Laws

May 31, 2013 8:06 AM PT

The First Amendment served us well for a time, but now it's outdated.

Remember reading that England had arrested a guy for anti-Muslim Twitter postings in the aftermath of the Woolrich slaughter? And remember thinking, "Well, this is America, that can't happen here"?

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Report: Holder Tells Media He Will Protect First Amendment

May 31, 2013 3:04 AM PT

Yesterday, Attorney General Eric Holder pledged to protect the first amendment rights of the media at a closed door, off-the-record meeting.  The meeting took place with the media after it was revealed that the DOJ subpoenaed thousands of pages of AP reporter's phone records and obtained a secret warrant for FNC's James Rosen's (and his parents) phone records, emails and tracked his movement.

Holder "pledged Thursday to take concrete steps to address concerns that the Justice Department has overreached in its leak investigations and said officials would seek procedural and possibly legislative changes to protect journalists’ First Amendment rights."

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Backlash Grows Against Eric Holder's Media Meetings

May 30, 2013 7:53 AM PT

 ***Added: Fox News and CBS have announced they are  joining the boycott.

Eric Holder's attempt to save his job by repairing  his image with the media through a series of off-the-record meetings with several news organizations is backfiring in a major way. While ABC News and Politico have agreed to attend, CNN, McClatchy, the Associated Press, New York Times, and Huffington Post have all made very public statements declaring they will boycott the meeting. 

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Who else will go down with Holder's ship?

May 28, 2013 4:03 PM PT

In response to House Judiciary Committee Investigating Whether Holder Lied To Congress:

I agree, but how far down does this go? Holder is the big fish here, but there needs to be some serious house-cleaning of his underlings, as they are just as complicit as Holder is. President Obama will probably not be directly touched with any of this, but if  his Cabinet and close advisers are targeted, the damage to Obama will be significant because his judgement to pick trustworthy and respectable advisers will be questioned.

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House Judiciary Committee Investigating Whether Holder Lied To Congress

May 28, 2013 1:11 PM PT

The House Judiciary Committee is looking into Attorney General Eric Holder's May 15 testimony on the Justice Department’s surveillance of reporters, to see if he lied under oath.

An aide "close to the matter" told The Hill that the panel is looking at the statement Holder made in response to Rep. Hank Johnson's (D-Ga.) question about whether the DOJ could prosecute reporters under the Espionage Act of 1917.

“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,” Holder said during the hearing.

However, NBC News reported last week that Holder personally approved a search warrant that labeled Fox News chief Washington correspondent James Rosen a co-conspirator in a national security leaks case.

The panel is investigating whether NBC’s report contradicts Holder’s claim that he had not looked into or been involved with a possible prosecution of the press in a leaks case.

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Report: Holder Felt 'Remorse' over FNC James Rosen Subpoena

May 28, 2013 7:29 AM PT

According to an interview with the Daily Beast, Attorney General Eric Holder felt a sense of "remorse" when the Washington Post ran a story about "how agents had tracked Rosen’s movements in and out of the State Department, perused his private emails, and traced the timing of his calls to the State Department security adviser suspected of leaking to him."

Aides reportedly told the publication that Holder felt "a creeping sense of personal remorse" upon reading the affidavit obtained by the WaPo describing Rosen as "at the very least ... an aider, abettor and/or co-conspirator."  I guess Holder didn't feel a little uncomfortable when he actually signed the search warrant to obtain the communications of a journalist. 

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