Attorney General Holder May Cost Obama Re-Election, Say Critics – OpEd


As the 2012 presidential election quickly approaches, more and more Americans are discovering that the Obama Administration’s definition of transparency is more Clintonian and semantic than honest and encouraging especially his Attorney General, Eric Holder, according to a political strategist and attorney.

On Tuesday, Michigan’s Rep. Justin Amash, a Republican, added his name to the growing list of lawmakers demanding Attorney General Eric Holder resign over such “outrages as the handling of the Black Panther voter intimidation case, the attacks against Arizona and Sheriff Joe Arpaio, and Operation Fast & Furious that’s responsible for many deaths including that of a U.S. Border Patrol agent, Brian Terry.”

However, it’s doubtful the outcome of this discovery will do anything to change the minds of Barack Obama’s sycophants in the news media, said Michael Baker of Baker, Lynch and Associates, a political and security consulting firm.

Baker believes that besides the Fast & Furious scandal, what should have been a big embarrassment for the Obama White House was the discovery that Attorney General Eric Holder had been less than forthcoming about his activities prior to being appointed U.S. Attorney General.

Justice Department officials have admitted that when members of the U.S. Senate — including Judiciary Committee members — were considering the nomination of Eric Holder as President Obama’s attorney general last year, he failed to disclose all of the legal briefs he had written or signed from his time in private practice especially those briefs that are pertinent to his current positions and views during the so-called war on terrorism.

“Holder has now decided to be open and transparent with the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding his memory lapse to turn over copies of his legal filings, including Amicus briefs on behalf of detained terrorists and enemy combatants,” Michael Baker told the Law Enforcement Examiner.

“Holder also used the oldest trick in the book: he made his official statement on a Friday afternoon during the usual lull in the news cycle,” Baker said.

“As part of Holder’s confirmation process, a list of legal briefs to the committee was turned over to senate staffers,” he said. And the list turned over to the Senate Judiciary Committee did not include filings in about seven cases.

The issue of Holder’s past legal papers came up after some Republicans asked why lawyers who had previously done legal work for terror detainees now had jobs in the Justice Department, something President Barack Obama successfully avoided discussing, and something conveniently overlooked by a Justice Department now saturated with Holder colleagues whose work records show they defended terrorism suspects and ‘Gitmo’ detainees, according to former intelligence officer Michael Snopes.

“Attorney General Eric Holder didn’t tell the Senate Judiciary Committee about at least six Supreme Court amicus briefs he prepared or supported, his office acknowledged in a letter Friday, including two urging the Court to reject the Bush administration’s attempt to try Jose Padilla as an enemy combatant,” Snopes stated.

“It has come to our attention that some but not all briefs submitted to the Supreme Court by or on behalf of Attorney General Holder as counselor Amicus were supplied to the Committee in the course of his confirmation process last year. We regret the omission,” Assistant Attorney General Ronald Welch wrote to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy.

But Sen. Leahy, who has his own problems with honesty dating back to the days of the cold war when he was removed from the Senate Intelligence Committee, has not indicated his committee will take any action against Justice Department executives and attorneys, according to a Law Enforcement Examiner news story.

While Holder and Obama can count on the support and loyalty of the majority of Senators and congressmen, some conservative lawmakers are not ignoring the AG’s suspected duplicitous behavior.

“I am deeply concerned by Attorney General Holder’s failure to disclose to the Judiciary Committee his third-party brief in support of Jose Padilla’s Supreme Court case,” said Sen. Jeff Sessions, the committee’s top Republican.

“Not only was the Attorney General required to provide the brief as part of his confirmation but the opinions expressed in it go to the heart of his responsibilities in matters of national security. This is an extremely serious matter and the attorney general will have to address it,” Sen. Sessions stated.

Attorney General Holder’s decision to prosecute murderous, fanatical terrorists—including the 9-11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed — in civilian courts infuriated many Americans, causing him and Obama to reconsider their position.

While President Barack Obama claims that he sees American intelligence, homeland security and law enforcement systems working together seamlessly, he’s claimed he wants the professionals in these areas to collect, share, integrate, analyze and act on intelligence “as quickly and effectively as possible to save innocent lives, not just most of the time, but all of the time,” he said. “That’s what the American people deserve. As president, that’s exactly what I will demand.”

“That’s almost comical when you have a Homeland Security Secretary who believes returning war veterans are extremists and an Attorney General who’s biting at the bit to prosecute U.S. intelligence agents,” said former NYPD detective and US Marine intelligence officer Sid Franes.

“And when they get caught with their pants down, right away they blame the people — the intelligence community — whom they denigrate with their usual vitriol,” he added.

In addition, absent from Obama’s press briefing was any mention of why he allowed the so-called “Underpants Bomber,” terrorist Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, to be “processed” in the criminal justice system instead of having to face military justice.

“The moment he was given Miranda [warnings], the guy lawyered-up. Which means investigators will have to negotiate with him and possibly trade intelligence for a lighter prison sentence or other break,” said political strategist Mike Baker.

What most Americans do not know is that Eric Holder may have personal reasons for wanting to prosecute foreign terrorists — some of whom were captured on the battlefield in foreign countries — in the U.S. federal court system.

When asked about his motives for not allowing the military justice system to try Gitmo detainees, Holder and his supporters blame President George W. Bush’s failure to try Gitmo terrorists in the so-called military tribunals.

However, according to columnist Michelle Malkin, the reason there were so few military trials was that lawyers were continuously working to derail the military courts martial by challenging them in the federal courts. In fact, during the Bush Administration, Holder’s law firm, Covington & Burling, provided pro-bono services for about 20 of the enemy combatants held at Gitmo. In lawsuits Holder and his firm brought against the American people on behalf of alleged terrorists, Covington contributed more than 3,000 hours of free, top-flight legal assistance to these violent terrorists.

“My read of Holder and his boss Obama is that they are perfectly comfortable befriending and defending terrorists. Obama’s close friend — and ghostwriter — William Ayers was a bomb-maker for the fanatical Weather Underground. And Holder possesses a history of beneficence to terror organizations such as when he brokered a deal for releasing FALN bombers in New York just as Hillary Clinton began her campaign for that state’s US Senate seat,” claims Sid Franes.

“And, besides, far too many of those lawyers are now working for Holder at the Justice Department,” he added.

Jim Kouri

Jim Kouri, CPP, formerly Fifth Vice-President, is currently a Board Member of the National Association of Chiefs of Police, an editor for, and he's a columnist for In addition, he's a blogger for the Cheyenne, Wyoming Fox News Radio affiliate KGAB ( Kouri also serves as political advisor for Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor Michael Moriarty.

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