2:01 PM, Jan 8, 2015 • By JOSHUA GELERNTER
Confirming a new attorney general is near the top of the new Senate's to-do list. The power not to confirm the president's nominees is near the top of the Republicans' new consignment of political clout. Needless to say, without the White House, the GOP can't implement their preferred policies, but they can use the confirmation process for quid pro quos. They should focus on the president’s AG nominee, Loretta Lynch, and they should refuse to confirm her until she commits to appointing a Special Prosecutor to investigate the IRS.
So long as the Justice Department is controlled by the Obama administration, it's going to obstruct any investigation that might embarrass the White House. So the Republican Senate can hold hearings—on Fast and Furious, Benghazi, the keeping-your-doctor fiasco, the outing of the CIA station chief in Afghanistan (remember that?), and any other cover-up it's inclined to try to unravel. But the IRS’s persecution of Americans of a particular political stripe is far and away the most important scandal of the bunch. It's the defining corruption of the era.
Requiring Lynch to promise a full investigation, headed by a special prosecutor, has ironclad precedent. In 1973, the Senate Judiciary Committee threatened to reject the appointment of Elliot Richardson unless he appointed Archibald Cox as a Watergate special prosecutor. Richardson was confirmed as attorney general on May 25, 1973; a week before that, on May 18, it was announced that "Attorney General-designate Elliot L. Richardson" had appointed Cox, and agreed, per the Judiciary Committee's demands, to give him "an unprecedented degree of independence from Federal interference and influence in investigating and prosecuting the case," according to a contemporaneous report in the Harvard Crimson. (Richardson was a Harvard alumnus.)
As things stand, the Republican caucus is gearing up to grill Lynch on immigration; enforcement of immigration law is expected to be her principal litmus test. Which is fine, but ultimately, the executive amnesty is going to be decided by the courts, and in the short term, the IRS targeting is more important. The emails of six IRS employees have gone missing. Thanks to a lawsuit and a court order, some of those "lost" emails have been recovered. The Senate should decline to confirm a new attorney general until it's been assured that every one of the remaining lost emails is going to be found, and that the corruption at the IRS is finally going to receive the scrutiny it deserves.
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.
Mar 3, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 24 • By FRED BARNES
Texas attorney general Greg Abbott has a famous saying: “What I really do for fun is I go into the office [and] sue the Obama administration.” Abbott’s relentless struggle against an administration that routinely exceeds its authority and tramples on federalism made him the ringleader among the two dozen Republican state AGs. He’s now running for governor.
'In Front Of Two Guys, Their Shirts Off, With a Girl Twerking In Between.'1:43 PM, Oct 24, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
The attorney general of Maryland was criticized for attending an underage party that his son was DJ-ing. There you are, a reporter pointed to a picture of the party, "In front of two guys, their shirts off, with a girl twerking in between."
It appears underage drinking was taking place at this party, which is what's fueled criticism of the attorney general's attendance there.
3:02 PM, Aug 5, 2013 • By CHRISTINE FLOWERS
A visitor to Richmond can’t leave without a trip to John Marshall’s house, a living shrine to the greatest chief justice in the history of the United States. Passing through the halls of his former home, it is as if the spirit of the great man is present in the articles he used and the rooms he inhabited. The courtly tour guide will narr
2:24 PM, May 30, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
The White House defended Attorney General Eric Holder's decision to invite press to an off-the-record briefing by saying Holder "is interested in having a constructive policy discussion with professional journalists about a subject most people think is a complex policy issue." White House spokesman Josh Earnest added, "We are genuinely interested in the input, the opinion, the advice, the expertise, of leaders of prominent media organizations.
1:22 PM, Nov 9, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
The office Deval Patrick, the governor of Massachusetts, confirms to the White House press corps that he'll be dining with President Obama tonight at the White House.
3:10 PM, Jun 13, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Texas senator John Cornyn called into question the intelligence of Attorney General Eric Holder earlier today in a radio interview. "Do you think Holder is smart?," radio host Laura Ingraham asked Cornyn. "I have not been impressed with his intelligence," Cornyn responded.
It's worse than you think.
3:25 PM, May 6, 2010 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
In last week's cover story, Jennifer Rubin described the run around she received in response to her Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests for documentation of recusals by Justice Department lawyers who previously represented Guantanamo detainees. The official responsible for documents from the top offices at DOJ--the attorney general, deputy attorney general, and associate attorney general--told Rubin the documents were not in a readily accessible place, that three individual attorneys' offices would need to be searched, and it would take a total of eight to eleven months to produce them. However, THE WEEKLY STANDARD has now managed to obtain one of these documents--an apparently complete list of the recusals by Thomas Perrelli, the associate attorney general (the number three attorney in the Justice Department). Covering cases and clients Perrelli or his former law firm (Jenner & Block) worked on, it is six pages long and includes a list of forty-one cases involving former or current Guantanamo detainees.
The document is reproduced here. In an e-mail, Jennifer Rubin explains its significance:
Eric Holder botches the war on terror.Feb 15, 2010, Vol. 15, No. 21 • By JENNIFER RUBIN
Attorney General Eric Holder has been the Obama administration’s point man in revising the nation’s approach to terrorism. Holder said last summer that it was his decision to reinvestigate CIA operatives who had employed enhanced interrogation techniques during the Bush administration, although these individuals had been cleared by the Justice Department’s career prosecutors.
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