As Lewis Carroll reminded us in 1872, “The time has come, the walrus said, To talk of many things: Of shoes – and ships – and sealing wax – Of cabbages – and kings – And why the sea is boiling hot – And whether pigs have wings.” Here we are, 142 years later, and the time has come to talk not of cabbages, kings, or pigs with wings, but the rule of law in America. The time has come to talk of removing Attorney General Eric Holder.
When President Barack Obama nominated Eric Holder to serve as our country’s 82nd Attorney General shortly after the 2008 election, I sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee encouraging a “swift and positive” confirmation. This letter reflected not my many policy disagreements with Mr. Holder – ranging from our widely divergent views on the Second Amendment, to the abuses of the doctrine of “executive privilege” during his tenure in the Clinton Administration. Rather, my letter was based on my professional association with Holder during his time as an attorney in private practice during the Bush Administration.
The cooperation and professionalism Holder displayed after he left the Clinton Administration, during which time he was willing to work with a “political opponent” -- eschewing the now all-too-common hyper-partisan brinksmanship, in order to focus on the good of the nation -- is a lesson many of those now in Congress could use.
However, in June 2013, I was one of the first to call for Holder’s resignation at the Department of Justice. I repeat that call today.
So, what happened in the last four years to go from an endorsement to a sharp call for resignation? What occurred has been the “slow and dubious” unraveling of an Attorney General; with Holder either complicit, or directly involved in a litany of scandals and other problems, including: turning a blind eye to Black Panther Party voter intimidation (while aggressively attacking states' voter ID laws), Operation Fast and Furious, Justice Department-backed intimidation of government whistleblowers, department-sponsored intimidation of members of the press, and altogether failing to protect our nation’s very foundation based on the rule of law and the separation of powers in our government.