10:05 AM, Feb 27, 2015 • By ADAM J. WHITE
Not long ago, Harvard Law School's Charles Ogletree told Politico that Eric Holder "is a race man":
Obama clearly respects Holder’s four decades of experience as an attorney and judge and supports Holder's positions on LGBT rights and racial profiling, often telling his staff he recognizes it’s not all Holder’s fault: The job of attorney general is a “shit magnet” for the most intractable controversies.
But there's another explanation, and according to the two dozen current and former Obama administration officials and confidants of both men I’ve spoken with in recent weeks, it may well be the main reason the first black president of the United States has stood so firmly behind the first black attorney general of the United States: Holder has been willing to say the things Obama couldn’t or wouldn’t say about race.
“He’s a race man,” says Charles Ogletree, a longtime friend of Holder’s who taught and mentored Obama and his wife, Michelle, as Harvard Law School students in the 1980s. “He’s gone farther and deeper into some issues of race than the White House would like, but I know he has the president’s well-wishes. It’s clear [Obama and Holder] believe in the same things.”
Well, Holder's "exit interview" with Politico certainly confirms Ogletree's theory of Holder's worldview:
[W]hen he was asked what book he would recommend to a young person coming to Washington, like his 32-year-old aide Kevin Lewis, who started at the White House at age 26, Holder made a revealing choice: “The Autobiography of Malcolm X.”
“I say this not to every African-American of his age, but for every American, that you read ‘The Autobiography of Malcolm X’ to see the transition that that man went through, from petty criminal to a person who was severely and negatively afflicted by race, to somebody who ultimately saw the humanity in all of us,” Holder said. “And that would be a book I would recommend to everybody.”
My own #1 book recommendation for young folks coming to Washington probably would have been The Federalist, which would seem slightly more relevant to the work of Washington in general and the Justice Department specifically, but I'm not the attorney general of the United States so what do I know?
Holder goes on to say in this new interview that the most important priority for the Justice Department needs to be to lower the burden of proof necessary for the federal government to prosecute state and local government officials on accusations of civil rights violations.
11:31 AM, Dec 25, 2014 • By DAVID W. MURRAY
In April of this year, the Obama administration announced it would “reformulate” clemency guidelines for federal prison offenders. As the Washington Post described it, “Justice Department Prepares for Clemency Requests from Thousands of Inmates.” The paper claimed that this “unprecedented campaign to free nonviolent offenders” would continue for two years and that DOJ would “reassign dozens of lawyers to its understaffed pardons office to handle the requests from inmates.”
10:57 PM, Nov 24, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Attorney General Eric Holder released this statement after news came down that Darren Wilson would not be indicted for the murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri:
'Demonstrations like these have the potential to spark a sustained and positive national dialogue'12:04 PM, Nov 21, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Ahead of the grand jury in Ferguson announcing whether it will indict a police officer for killing a man in Ferguson, Missouri, Attorney General Eric Holder has released a video announcement telling law enforcement to behave.
"The Justice Department encourages law enforcement officials, in every jurisdiction, to work with the communities they serve to minimize needless confrontation," Holder says.
11:25 AM, Nov 6, 2014 • By JIM SWIFT
When President Obama finally offers his executive action on illegal immigration, the Department of Justice's Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) is going to get a bit busier.
The EOIR is tasked to "adjudicate immigration cases by fairly, expeditiously, and uniformly interpreting and administering the Nation's immigration laws."
5:01 PM, Nov 3, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Attorney General Eric Holder is dispatching "federal election monitors" to polls tomorrow for Election Day.
"As Americans across the country prepare to vote in tomorrow's midterm elections, Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the Department of Justice has dispatched federal monitors to polling places around the country," reads the press release from the Department of Justice.
Oct 13, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 05 • By TERRY EASTLAND
During his confirmation hearing in early 2009, Eric Holder declared he would not politicize the Justice Department. Yet throughout more than five years in office, the attorney general has done just that—without objection from President Obama, who obviously paid no heed to Holder’s promise. Indeed, it is manifestly clear that Holder and Obama approach law the same way: Where necessary, it may be manipulated—or ignored—in pursuit of political ends.
5:01 PM, Sep 25, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Attorney General Eric Holder appeared to choke up as he announced he'd be stepping down from his Cabinet position as soon as a replacement is confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Here's video:
Hosted by Michael Graham.12:35 PM, Aug 15, 2014 • By TWS PODCAST
The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with editor William Kristol on Hillary Clinton's recent remarks may prompt Elizabeth Warren to run against her in the Democratic primary, and the events in Ferguson, Missouri.
Due to 'Echoes of Injustice'...7:14 AM, Jul 16, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
Martin Luther King dreamed that one day his children would "be judged on the basis of the content of their character, not the color of their skin." This week, the current head of the Justice Department said that "given the disparities that still afflict and divide us," that dream will have to wait.
10:47 AM, Jul 13, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Attorney General Eric Holder has a "lot of sleepless nights," reported ABC News this morning. Chief among his concerns? The threat of "homegrown violent extremists."
Asked the ABC News reporter, "Is that threat," like the Boston Marathon bombing last year, "any less serious?"
Jun 9, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 37 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
"I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Maya Angelou, a true national treasure whom I have admired for many, many years. Dr. Angelou was much more than a literary genius, a chronicler of Jim Crow, and a witness to history. Through her extraordinary work, she captured the tenacity of the human spirit and . . . ” (Statement by Attorney General Eric Holder, May 28).
10:00 AM, May 16, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The head of the federal Drug Enforcement Administration was called in to speak with Attorney General Eric Holder and told to get in line with the Obama administration's policy on lessening sentencing for drug offenders, according to a report from the Huffington Post.