Democratic lawmakers in California’s state legislation told the nation on Wednesday that they have retained the services of former Attorney General Eric Holder as their legal counsel to advise them on how to challenge the incoming Trump government. The fact that Holder is the only attorney general in U.S. history to be held in contempt of Congress — as a result of his misleading, often mendacious, testimony regarding the Fast & Furious gun-smuggling scandal that had caused the death of a Border Patrol agent — doesn’t appear to bother the Golden State’s Democrats or the news media..
Holder will be working out of his offices at the Covington & Burling law firm, where he’s been working since leaving the Obama administration in 2015. It was at that firm, prior to his work for Obama, that he defended Islamic terrorists being held as enemy-combatants at the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, military detention center.
“The fact that the Democratic Party in California would hire a man who corrupted the federal justice system, harassed and prosecuted law enforcement based on skin color or ethnicity, and would complain about racism while practicing racism, says a lot about how far down the sewer the Democrats have gone in their quest to change America,” said former local police captain and director of security Louis Warnke. “Of course, the mainstream news media loves Holder and they’ve always been counted on to defend him with their ‘fake news’ coverage,” Warnke added.
The former police captain pointed to NBC News’ Chuck Todd who said on-the-air that Holder was the least “politicized attorney general in many years.”
His supporters praise Holder for taking on tough cases, but opponents say he’s a race-baiting attorney who views everything through a leftist prism. For example, when members of the New Black Panther Party intimidated voters during the 2008 presidential election, Holder refused to prosecute the suspects, which infuriated career attorneys at the Justice Department.
In December 2010, the Civil Rights Commission released a report concluding that their investigations had uncovered “numerous specific examples of open hostility and opposition” within the Department of Justice to pursuing cases in which whites were the victims. The report accused the Department of Justice of failing to cooperate with investigations into its reason for dropping the case, stating “While the department has issued general statements that it enforces the laws without regard to race, these assurances do not confirm, deny or explain the specific allegations of misconduct.” Holder was never disciplined for allowing his department to become so politicized and corrupt.
“With the upcoming change in administrations, we expect that there will be extraordinary challenges for California in the uncertain times ahead, This is a critical moment in the history of our nation. We have an obligation to defend the people who elected us and the policies and diversity that make California an example of what truly makes our nation great,” California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon said in a joint statement.
Of all policies that may lead to legal battles between the state and the federal government, the sanctuary city policies are the most likely to be challenged by Trump, who has threatened to block funding of state institutions that are violating federal immigration and criminal laws.
The Fast and Furious Debacle
The 2010 killing of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry exposed Operation Fast & Furious in which agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, a branch of the Justice Department, allowed criminals to buy guns with the intention of tracking the weapons. But the agency lost most of the smuggled guns, including two that were found at scene of Terry’s death. It proved to be one of history’s biggest law enforcement snafus.
The operation set off a political firestorm, led to congressional investigations and was excellent practice for President Barack Obama to deal with the scandals in his administration. It also caused the Attorney General Eric Holder to be held in contempt of Congress for his alleged perjured testimony. However, no one was ever held accountable for the operation or the death of Agent Terry.
And so, this is the man chosen by the Democrats to save their programs from having to comply with the nation’s laws.