In the 1990s, Eric Holder was known as a “fixer.” He was always cleaning up for Bill Clinton’s controversial Attorney General, Janet Reno.
Reno had a string of problems. You may remember some of them… Ruby Ridge, Waco, the Oklahoma City bombing. All of these events caused Reno serious headaches.
But Holder made sure the government suppressed any damaging info, protecting Reno and Clinton.
As a result, Holder became a hero in liberal circles. He was rewarded for his loyalty by being named Barack Obama’s Attorney General.
Now, during the second term of Barack Obama, Holder has lost his magic ability to suppress damaging information. He needs a fixer of his own. The sharks in Washington, D.C. are circling.
Blood is in the water.
Until recently, Holder had the reputation of being as untouchable as Barack Obama.
But that ship sailed as soon as Holder signed off on the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) surveillance of Fox News reporter James Rosen. To make matters worse, Holder told Congress a totally different story… and now he’s hanging on to his job for dear life.
You see, the damning disclosure of the DOJ surveillance has raised the ire of Rep. Bob Goodlatte, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. He’s recently launched a probe to see if Holder lied to Congress under oath, which seems likely.
When the scandal broke, Holder told the committee that he hadn’t been involved in any such surveillance of reporters. In fact, Holder’s exact words to Congress were: “In regard to potential prosecution of the press for the disclosure of material – this is not something I’ve ever been involved in, heard of, or would think would be wise policy.”
But the record is clear. Holder did personally sign off on just such a venture. At a minimum, Holder misled Congress. The Goodlatte investigation will determine whether his misleading statements were intentional.
And Holder’s involvement in DOJ’s tracking of Rosen isn’t his only problem. He’s also dealing with the fallout from the secret subpoena of Associated Press telephone records. The records the DOJ grabbed included those of at least 20 AP journalists.
One knowledgeable friend called me to say that Holder is the John Mitchell of the current Obama scandals. In case you don’t recall, John Mitchell was Nixon’s Attorney General and was convicted in 1975 of conspiracy, obstruction of justice, and perjury. He served 19 months in prison.
The Power of the Press
Severe damage has been done to Holder. Even left-leaning news outlets and personalities, who regularly defended Holder in the past, have had enough. Some are even calling for him to leave office.
The Huffington Post ran this headline: “Time to go: Holder OK’d probe.” Former MSNBC anchor and outspoken liberal Keith Olbermann has called on Holder to resign or be fired by Obama.
You can expect Congress to be emboldened by the cheers from the media as they take apart Eric Holder this summer. In many respects, it was news organizations that brought down President Nixon. Now, given Holder’s illegal intrusions on the media, that same institution will likely end his career as well.
This article originally appeared at CapitolHillDaily.com and is reprinted here with permission.