Krauthammer: Holder Was 'After an Agenda,' 'Trampled on the Constitution'

Krauthammer: Holder Was 'After an Agenda,' 'Trampled on the Constitution'

On Thursday’s “Special Report” on the Fox News Channel, Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer reacted to the news earlier in the day that Attorney General Eric Holder would be resigning as the nation’s top law enforcement official with a scathing critique of his tenure.

According to Krauthammer, Holder used the office to advance an agenda while neglecting his duties in other high-profile areas where politics were in play.

“I thought I was going to be tough on Eric Holder until I heard [Judge Andrew Napolitano],” Krauthammer said. “So, here’s the moderate view, which is that he has politicized the office in a way that I think many of us, liberal and conservative, will in the future regret. I mean, there are two ways to treat the office, as an instrument of policy — a way to achieve your own ends and goals, or as the person who imposes the law as impartially as he can. It’s perfectly honorable to dedicate your life to racial justice as you see it, to advance certain causes, as he calls the civil rights division the conscience of the Department of Justice. But, there are other places in life and administrations in the world where you can do that. When you are the attorney general of the United States, you have to subordinate that to what the law is, and he hasn’t done that.”

“He’s been after an agenda, and if the Constitution was in the way, he trampled on the Constitution,” Krauthammer continued. “I think there are many examples. We talked about the fact that he was held in contempt over withholding evidence in ‘Fast and Furious,’ over the way think rifled through the James Rosen emails until a supposed prosecution, which holder had said that they would never do. And what has happened to the great Justice Department investigation of Lois Lerner and the scandal in the IRS? We have heard nothing out of that. That is stonewalling and he’s been the instrument of that. A political attorney general is not the way it’s supposed to be.”

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