It’s pretty apparent that Attorney General Eric Holder lied under oath when testifying about his role in seizing the emails of Fox News reporter James Rosen. Not only that but he also went shopping for a judge who would approve the warrant for the seizure. But this isn’t the only time Holder has been accused of perjuring himself. He’s been embroiled in controversy throughout his tenure as AG, and Front Page Magazine points out how he has spent a good deal of his time covering his tracks.
This is not the first time Holder has “misled” Congress. Documents obtained in 2012 by Judicial Watch, pursuant to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit, revealed that top political appointees at the DOJ were intimately involved in the decision to drop the voter intimidation lawsuit against the New Black Panther Party (NBPP). That information conflicts with Holder’s testimony before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies on March 1, 2011. “The decisions made in the New Black Panther Party case were made by career attorneys in the department. And beyond that, you know, if we’re going to look at the record, let’s look at it in its totality,” Holder contended.
The DOJ had initially refused to turn over the documents, contending they didn’t show “any political interference whatsoever.” Judge Reggie B. Walton in Washington, D.C. District Court disagreed. Allowing the release of the documents on July 23, 2012, he declared that they “reveal that political appointees within DOJ were conferring about the status and resolution of the New Black Panther Party case in the days preceding the DOJ’s dismissal of claims in that case[.]”
Sworn testimony given by Holder during the Fast and Furious gun running scandal was even more suspect. On May 3, 2011, he told a Judiciary Committee he had only recently learned about the operation. “I’m not sure of the exact date, but I probably heard about Fast and Furious for the first time over the last few weeks,” he told Committee Chairman Darryl Issa (R-CA). Yet internal DOJ documents obtained by CBS News the following October revealed that Holder had been sent briefings on the operation as early as 2010. For that statement, as well as his stonewalling of the investigation — aided and abetted by an executive order issued by President Obama preventing critical documents from being released — Holder earned a contempt of Congress citation in June 2012. Thus, Holder’s track record for truth-telling is tattered at best. Yet even as the House Judiciary Committee proceeds, the left has begun circling the wagons around the embattled Attorney General. A Daily Beast column, “Holder Regrets and Repairs,” which contends the embattled Attorney General is, according to aides, “beginning to feel a creeping sense of personal remorse,” is a pathetically transparent effort aimed at rehabilitating Holder’s image.
Read the whole thing. It would be more newsworthy if Holder, or anyone in the Obama administration, actually told the truth for a change.