Mario Diaz

The United States Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearing on “Oversight of the U.S. Department of Justice” scheduled for Tuesday was postponed until after the Easter break due to the signing of the health care legislation. The delay is a much needed break for U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who desperately needs to regroup after a horrible performance in his last hearing. But the delay is not in the best interest of America. It is time for Holder to go.

Holder’s performance as United States Attorney General has left much to be desired. In the 14 months since he took office, Holder has looked more like someone who would have loved to lead a special investigation against the Bush administration than someone interested in being the chief law enforcement officer of the U.S. He has gone from controversy to controversy, causing many to question his judgment and loose trust in his ability to direct the Department of Justice (DOJ).

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Holder’s actions even provoked seven former CIA directors from both sides of the aisle to caution him and the administration that his policies could “help al-Qaeda elude U.S. intelligence.”

His latest dubious move was revealed recently, although it related back to his confirmation hearings. It turns out that Holder “forgot” to disclose several crucial documents during the hearings, including a Supreme Court brief where Holder opposed the detention of dirty bomb terrorist Jose Padilla as an enemy combatant.

If your reaction is, “Come on!” you are not alone. Here is what Senator Jon Kyl (R-Arizona) said at a Judiciary Committee meeting:

Yesterday, a Justice Department spokesman said that the briefs were ‘unfortunately and inadvertently’ left out of his submission to the committee. Really? Are we expected to believe that then-nominee Holder, with only a handful of Supreme Court briefs to his name, forgot about his role in one of this country’s most publicized terrorism cases? Or that he was not reminded about it when he later received our letter about recusals? That strains credulity.

As somebody who voted for Holder, and his promise to be ‘transparent’ and work cooperatively with the committee, I’m deeply disappointed.

That was well put by Sen. Kyl, but more than being disappointed, we should be outraged. That brief and that case have a direct correlation with Holder’s most questionable decision as attorney general — the decision to try Khalid Sheik Mohammed and other terrorists involved in the 9-11 plot in civilian court in New York City.

Mario Diaz

Mario Diaz is the Policy Director for Legal Issues at Concerned Women for America.

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