Friday, October 14, 2011

The Joke at Justice

The Examiner
William Heuisler

“Holder” and “Justice” in the same sentence are becoming a joke.

Finally Attorney General Holder's honesty has been questioned by Congress.

According to records and testimony, over the past dozen years, Attorney General (AG) Eric Holder, has lied to Congress many times. For example. he lied about gun smuggling, a $48 million thief and FALN terrorists.

Recently, AG Holder was accused of  "lack of trustworthiness" in his May 3rdtestimony denying long-term knowledge of Fast and Furious (F&F) - the ATF gun smuggling scheme where 2,000-plus guns were “straw bought” at Arizona gun shops, and smuggled to Mexican drug cartels. F&F guns were found at Tucson District Border Patrol Agent, Brian Terry's murder scene.

A letter to Congress last Tuesday added to the lies. AG Holder wrote, he had, "no recollection of knowing about 'Fast and Furious' or of hearing its name prior to the public controversy about it. Prior to early 2011, I certainly never knew about the tactics employed in the operation." (Seper, 2011)

But recently released memos show Holder received at least 5 briefing papers and reports on F&F as early as July 2010. Also, Ken Melson, ex-head of ATF, testified under oath he had received F&F instructions from US Attorneys and Holder’s Assistant AGs in 2010 and 2011.

On February 2001, House Government Reform Committee questioned Eric Holder on his role, as Clinton Deputy AG, in the pardon of financier, Marc Rich, a fugitive from US Justice for 17 years, whose former wife, Denise had recently donated $1.3 million to Democrats.

Holder testified he had not been "intimately involved or overly interested" in the US $48 million fraud case against Marc Rich, and that he "never devoted a great deal of time to this matter." He had "only a passing familiarity with the underlying facts" and had "no memory" of Rich's attorney, Jack Quinn, saying he was going to file a pardon request with President Clinton.

But Quinn’s testimony before the Judiciary Committee contradicted Holder. And Quinn produced evidence. He said he lobbied Holder for the pardon. And a Nov. 18, 2000, email from Mr. Quinn to his Washington law firm cited Holder's involvement in the pardon process. The email said: "Subject: Eric ... spoke to him last evening he says go straight to wh. also says timing is good. we shd get in soon. will elab when we speak." (Seper, 2011)

Quinn said he "personally notified Mr. Holder in his office on Nov. 21, 2000, that I would be sending a pardon application directly to the White House. I told him then that I hoped to encourage the White House to seek his views. He said that I should do so… and I did later encourage the White House to seek his views." Mr. Quinn also said he "hoped the consultation with Mr. Holder by the White House would help me make my case for Mr. Rich, because I believed Mr. Holder was familiar with the charges and with our arguments as to the flaws in the indictment." (Seper, 2011)

Committee members were shown a typewritten note sent by Attorney Quinn to Mr. Holder 10 days before the Jan. 20, 2001, pardon. It said, "Your saying positive things, I'm told, would make this happen. Thanks for your consideration." (Seper, 2011)
Two years before the Rich pardon, Holder helped commute sentences of 16 Puerto Rican terrorists called Forces of National Liberation (FALN), who had been convicted of advocating war against the US. FALN was involved in bombings from 1974 to 1983 that killed six Americans.

 At the time, Holder (Asst. AG) used Executive Privledge and refused to tell Senators the Justice Department had recommended against commuting the sentences of the 16 terrorists. Former AG, Reno had said the convicts were a national security threat, and FBI counterterrorism official, Neil Gallagher, told Congress the 16 FALN were violent criminals who were involved in actual and potential deaths and injuries. During the hearing, FBI surveillance video showed two of the men at a table assembling bombs. But records show Holder ordered Justice Department's Office of the Pardon Attorney to replace their recommendation against clemency.

Congress will issue subpoenas this week for testimony from AG Holder, his chief of staff, Gary Grindler, and Assistant Attorney General, Lanny Breuer.

Actually, Eric Holder is not a joke. His lies are crimes. Their carelessness is a challenge and an insult to Americans. How was such a corrupt, creature confirmed by 75 US Senators as Attorney General in 2009?

Seper, J. (2011). Washington Times. Holder’s honesty before Congress disputed in earlier high profile cases.

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