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Eric Holder Set to Resign

Eric Holder Set to Resign

The headline we’ve all been waiting for.

Eric Holder will step down today as Attorney General, at least according to NPR. Sources told NPR that Holder plans to remain in his post until a replacement has been confirmed:

Eric Holder Jr., the nation’s first black U.S. attorney general, is preparing to announce his resignation Thursday after a tumultuous tenure marked by civil rights advances, national security threats, reforms to the criminal justice system and five and a half years of fights with Republicans in Congress.

Two sources familiar with the decision tell NPR that Holder, 63, intends to leave the Justice Department as soon as his successor is confirmed, a process that could run through 2014 and even into next year. A former U.S. government official says Holder has been increasingly “adamant” about his desire to leave soon for fear he otherwise could be locked in to stay for much of the rest of President Obama’s second term.

In April, Holder indicated he would not resign until after the midterm elections. Potential replacements are, as of yet, unclear. His tenure with the Department of Justice has been controversial at best, and at its worst, deadly. His radical “civil rights” agenda won’t be missed by most, but Holder hopes the history books will remember him as a hero:

Holder most wants to be remembered for his record on civil rights: refusing to defend a law that defined marriage as between one man and one woman; suing North Carolina and Texas over voting restrictions that disproportionately affect minorities and the elderly; launching 20 investigations of abuses by local police departments; and using his bully pulpit to lobby Congress to reduce prison sentences for non-violent drug crimes.

It’s quite frightening to imagine who will replace Holder. I’d like to think his replacement couldn’t possibly be worse, but this is the Obama administration we’re talking about.

That being said, let’s all hope that Holder doesn’t have his eyes set on the Supreme Court. President Obama is scheduled to make a statement on Holder’s resignation at 4:30 pm EDT.

Updated 9/25 at 12:28 pm

We have a short list for replacements:


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The timing being what it is, and more importantly what it isn’t (peak pressure), I have to wonder what he’s up to.

“…his resignation Thursday after a tumultuous tenure marked by civil rights advances, national security threats, reforms to the criminal justice system and five and a half years of fights with Republicans in Congress.”

They left out (NOT surprisingly) that Holder’s tenure was also marked by the FIRST contempt finding against an AG in US history, AND a record-breaking string of bench-slaps, including a baker’s dozen from a unanimous Supreme Court.

As to “civil rights advances” I can’t think of a single one. I CAN think of a series of actions by this Department Of (racial) Justice that have set back any notion of a unified America to WAY before the 60s (of which I have a bright memory). The 60s were a time when we had a sense of moving in the right direction, and of hope.

Now, we have a clear signal from the Collective that race will always (as long as they have their way) be used as a(nother) wedge issue to divide the American people on any real or imaginary pretext.

Just as the Frankfurt School envisioned.

This seems quite peculiar, it does not seem to be a positive for the D’s this election. It sounds like the wheels are falling off the bus.

The only plausible is that the replacement AG will be up for confirmation in the Lame Duck session.

I can hardly wait for his replacement to be named … oh what fun that should be.

Van Jones? Valerie Jaret? Wasserman Schultz? Oprah? Or in continuing with the policy of stone-walling, Harry Reid?

    Not A Member of Any Organized Political in reply to MrE. | September 25, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    I hear Bill Ayers is looking to fill his hands and time up with someting……

Not A Member of Any Organized Political | September 25, 2014 at 12:32 pm

Well that is one resignation 6 years too late!

Can someone explain to me how an Attorney General can refuse to defend part of the law in a case against that law?

I would have thought an elected official was required to provide a vigorous defense regardless as part of that office. The VA AG did the same thing and it pissed me off. I don’t even care if gay marriage is allowed, but that is your damn job!

    That’s the current fad among a bunch of state AGs. Get a cooperative plaintiff suing to reverse a law you don’t like and then refuse to defend. It’s similar to the EPA’s corrupt practice of using consent decrees to make law.

Good riddance, rat face.

A disgrace to the legal profession.

In an administration of awful cabinet members, he was the very worst. A racist, incompetent, crypto-fascist.

A US Attorney General that does not read his correspondence relating to decisions upon which he must sign off, who does not prepare for hearings, who does not know the meaning of the word “precedent” an who rejects the principle of “Equal protection under the Laws.”

It’s hard to fathom that a person could be worse in that position, but I, too, and worried about what will replace him.

I have one question no one seems to want to ask, much less answer. For almost six years this radical has been the “chief law enforcement officer” of the United States. In that time around 700 law officers have died in the line of duty. Has he attend the funeral of any of these officers? He could fly to Missouri to attend the funeral of this punk who assaulted a cop but for some reason he doesn’t like law enforcement. Good riddance to bad garbage.

Any list of possible replacements that CNN shows is an indication that those people are *not* going to even be considered for AG.

There really is no limit to the lies the Collective will tell.

You just have to know up from down, and keep a’hold of reality.

Hero? Only if by “hero” Holder means unapologetic racist who would lie, cheat, steal, and kill for his and his master’s agenda.

Don’t underestimate Obama.

There’s little doubt he can, and will, find someone even worse.

Radio news reports that Holder will stay on until he is replaced.

Hopefully, that won’t happen until the Congress is given a change to impeach.

MaggotAtBroadAndWall | September 25, 2014 at 2:21 pm

This could be the October surprise. When Reid nuked the filibuster, he made is so executive nominations and Supreme Court nominations fell under the “old” filibuster rules.

Say Obama nominates a far left loon to replace Holder. GOP filibusters. The Left goes insane. Harry Reid then decides to nuke the rest of the filibuster.

The result: 1) the left wing base gets enthused to vote; 2) a left wing loon replaces Holder at Justice; 3) helps Obama’s agenda in the last two years IF Reid does nuke the rest of the filibuster.

It’s all politics all the time with this crew. Win-win-win for Democrats.

Kamala Harris, Calif AG. Bet on it.

This is timed to give the Dem Party something to gin up enthusiasm in their flagging base. A nasty confirmation battle just before midterms might do the trick, in addition to being a distraction from the pile of dog turds hanging by string around Obama’s/Dem’s necks, aka IRS, EPA, F & F, ISIS, The NotWar In Iraq, etc.

What, no Trey Gowdy on the short list of replacements? John Koskinen hardest hit.

Well, Holder accomplished one thing. He lowered the floor for how despicable a lawyer can be. The rest of you have a little breathing room now!

About dang time

I’ll believe it when it happens. This is the Obama administration we’re dealing with; always long on promises, but exceptionally short on delivery.

    Henry Hawkins in reply to tom swift. | September 25, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    With any other administration in American history your skepticism might seem like paranoia. But not with Obama, not one bit.

    It is amazing how much Obama, et al, have done in six years to give legitimate reason to doubt and despise our own government.

Perhaps he resigned over the IRS scandal. If he takes one for the boss then he is hoping that it will go away… just putting that thought out there…..

…. because I believe that both Holder and Barry Soetoro were behind the IRS scandal.

Well, Holder did lose a court case on F&F re: turning over papers. The judge extended it to late October “and not a minute later” because it’s already been 2 yrs. Issa could have the guarded F&F docs before midterms.


Oh, President Sparky? My suggestion for your next AG is Mark Levin. How about it, champ?

I assume he’s resigning before he can be fired or charged. A prosecutor wouldn’t give you or I this kind of consideration, but public officials in corruption scandals often seem to be allowed to resign with full benefits rather than get charged with a crime.

Someone back up his hard drive RIGHT NOW!

TrooperJohnSmith | September 26, 2014 at 12:58 pm

He must’ve done something to piss off George Soros.

Maybe now, all the State Attorneys General in Mexico can indict and extradite him for complicity in the Fast & Furious murders.

Oh, the irony. Eric Holder in a Mexican prison with Cartel members he armed! I wonder if that “cred” would keep him from being someone’s “carnal”.