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Eric Holder: Crook. Liar, Attorney General
Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 16 December 2009 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)

Posted on 01/16/2009 2:23:56 PM PST by Congressman Billybob

I watched as much as I could tolerate of the confirmation hearing for Eric Holder to be Attorney General in the Obama Administration. He claimed that his participation in the last minute pardon of Marc Rich was “a mistake” and that he had “learned from it, and would be a better Attorney General because of it.”

The nature of his mistake was that he “did not know” the details of Marc Rich’s crimes and situation.

Let’s examine those claims.

The Department of Justice has a Pardons Attorney who is assigned the duty of examining each request for a pardon. That person is supposed to prepare a report stating the pros and cons of pardoning each particular person. That report is supposed to go to the President before he acts. Included in that report should be the conclusions and recommendations of the lead prosecutors on the case.

That was not done with Marc Rich. Eric Holder short-circuited the process. He deliberately kept the Pardon Attorney out of the loop. He did not inform the lead prosecutor that a pardon for Marc Rich was underway.

Unless Eric Holder was breathtakingly incompetent, he had to know what the charges were against Rich. It was not just tax evasion in the millions of dollars. It was also trading with the enemy. Rich broke the embargo that the US had officially established on oil being sold by Saddam Hussein in Iraq. And lastly, Rich had fled the US to avoid prosecution. He was a fugitive from justice,

It is normal practice for a pardon to state what the person is being pardoned for, So, the nominee for Attorney General HAD to know this much, which is more than he admitted in his sworn testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee this week.

Shift gears to the President that then-Assistant Attorney General Holder was then reporting to. President Clinton had received a half million dollar contribution to his Presidential Library Foundation from his “friend” Denise Rich who just happened to be Marc Rich’s wife.

Why would Eric Holder have kept this pardon out of the normal process and in his hands only? The most logical reason is that he was instructed by his boss, President Clinton, that Clinton wanted to grant this pardon, and Holder’s job was to grease the skids to get that result.

Was this an isolated case? No.

The pardon of the FALN (Puerto Rican) terrorists who conducted a series of sometimes fatal bombings was similar, and equally shepherded through the process by Eric Holder. The terrorists had not even asked for pardons. Holder claimed that they had “repented” and been “rehabilitated.” Some of them signed documents claiming that but they repudiated those documents as soon as they were released. Some did not sign, but still were pardoned and released. The relatives of those killed by the bombs were not consulted.

What was the Clinton interest in those pardons? Bill Clinton’s wife Hillary was then preparing to run for the Senate in New York, which has a large Puerto Rican community. So the Rich pardon was done for cash money. The FALN pardon was done for power. In practical politics where ethics do not matter, money and power are interchangeable.

Now, let’s take a dip in history. Three prior Presidential Administrations were rife with corruption. In two of these three the Attorneys General went to jail for their own involvement in the corruption. Those occurred under Presidents Harding, Nixon, and Clinton. Any administration which intends to skate close to, or beyond the edge of the law, will be aided by having a pliant Attorney General who will do whatever the President wants, for better or worse.

Not only should Eric Holder not be confirmed as Attorney General, the very nomination of such a defective candidate reflects badly on Barack Obama himself. And yet, best information is that Holder will be confirmed. That will reflect badly on the Senators who vote in favor of confirmation.

As Bette Davis said in All About Eve, “Fasten your seatbelts. It’s going to be a bumpy night.” Given the beginning of this Administration, including the nomination of a man to oversee the IRS, who didn’t pay his taxes, we may be in for four full years of anything goes.

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About the Author: John Armor practiced law in the Supreme Court for 33 years. He now lives on the Eastern Continental Divide in the Blue Ridge of North Carolina. John_Armor@aya.yale.edu

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bhodoj; clinton; ericholder; nixon; obama
The general subject is well familiar to FReepers. Maybe my take will offer some freshperspective.

John / Billybob

1 posted on 01/16/2009 2:23:57 PM PST by Congressman Billybob
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To: Congressman Billybob

I hope he is not confirmed. Nor that clown O picked for Treasury.


2 posted on 01/16/2009 2:25:53 PM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, John 11:25, 14:6, 1 Tim 2:5, John 3:17-18, John 20:31, 1 John 5:13, John 6:69)
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To: Congressman Billybob

Crook, Liar..............Sounds like Zero


3 posted on 01/16/2009 2:27:17 PM PST by Pit1
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To: F15Eagle
Oh it is a given he will be confirmed, this administration will self destruct in a year.
4 posted on 01/16/2009 2:28:47 PM PST by boomop1
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To: boomop1

I hope not.

Even one guy on PBS was beating Holder up. I nearly fainted.

Of course, there was also one idiot defending him, but the guy slamming him had his act together.

And on PBS. Go figure.


5 posted on 01/16/2009 2:33:46 PM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, John 11:25, 14:6, 1 Tim 2:5, John 3:17-18, John 20:31, 1 John 5:13, John 6:69)
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To: Congressman Billybob

Eric Holder, Clinton, Wright’s BL(’Black Liberation’) “church” and the pardons of the PR Marxist terror group FALN:
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2165024/posts

(Eric) Holder’s role in the pardons of BLA(Black Liberation Army) comrades/Weather Underground members, (Susan)Rosenberg and (Linda)Evans:
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2165052/posts


6 posted on 01/16/2009 2:35:45 PM PST by ETL (Smoking gun evidence on ALL the ObamaRat-commie connections at my newly revised FR Home/About page)
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To: Congressman Billybob
From the hearing (re: Heller decision). Notice how Holder does not answer Coburn's question:

SEN. COBURN: You’re making -- you’re making my 2nd Amendment crowd really nervous. They want you to hear you say yeah, they have that right and they ought to be able to maintain that right. That’s what they want to hear you say.

MR. HOLDER: And I guess what I’m saying to you -- that same crowd is that I have no intention -- this administration has no intention of doing anything that would affect a state’s regulation of firearms, who can carry a firearm, under what circumstances. There’s nothing that we have discussed -- nothing that is in planning, nothing that I can imagine that we’re going to be doing in that regard.

You'll notice, of course, that Holder says he has no intention...they haven't discussed...nothing is being planned...he can't imagine they're going to do anything in that regard.

He DOES NOT say that HE WON'T.

7 posted on 01/16/2009 2:37:10 PM PST by Lizavetta
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To: Congressman Billybob

Only the disreputable need apply.

The man is the least qualified and the most corrupt person to ever enter the White House as President.


8 posted on 01/16/2009 2:38:00 PM PST by Carley (Remember when we had a real President)
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To: Congressman Billybob
Three prior Presidential Administrations were rife with corruption. In two of these three the Attorneys General went to jail for their own involvement in the corruption

The Dems all complained that Alberto Gonzales did not operate Justice independently enough from the White House. But they are silent about a guy who rammed through two of the most objectionalbe pardons of all time at the bequest of the President at the time.

Just goes to show that Dem political morality is purely situational.

9 posted on 01/16/2009 2:42:41 PM PST by dirtboy
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To: Carley

Why don’t the Republicans vote this man down. I’m so sick of them not standing up to anything. Why must we put up with criminals running our country??


10 posted on 01/16/2009 2:43:47 PM PST by dandiegirl
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To: Congressman Billybob
Here is a fresh perspective, and an open post to Eric Holder...

Ok, Eric, let's say for argument's sake that waterboarding is torture. Then, according to the Geneva Convention's Article Three, we should have shot the bastards. Which would YOU have preferred?

I come down on the side of shooting the bastards, but that's just me.

5.56mm

11 posted on 01/16/2009 2:48:08 PM PST by M Kehoe
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To: Congressman Billybob
It's evident that Eric Holder is a liar as is the man that nominated him. I believe you're too kind in saying we may be in for four full years of anything goes, I believe we will!
12 posted on 01/16/2009 2:48:23 PM PST by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: boomop1
Oh it is a given he will be confirmed, this administration will self destruct in a year.

I certainly hope so. But I cannot figure out how. The Office of the Presidency was bought by powerful liberal people and the masses believed Magic Obama. Behind Obama is the most powerful group of lying criminals this Country has ever seen. This powerful cartel literally controls most of what the public sees. Obama is a cult leader and cult followers are unable to process intelligent thought of how they are controlled. Could add more, but self destruction is impossible, and those of us that have resisted will be the only ones that understand this destructive force and we will just have to put up with it for many years.

13 posted on 01/16/2009 2:49:05 PM PST by Logical me (Oh, well!!!)
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To: dandiegirl

A secy of Treasury who doesn’t pay taxes, an AG who pardons criminals, a Secy of STate who takes kickbacks to her husbands “library”,,how much worse can it get?


14 posted on 01/16/2009 2:49:15 PM PST by cajungirl (no)
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To: cajungirl
how much worse can it get?

Don't ask. Jamie Gorelick is still out there waiting for a job in the new Administration.

15 posted on 01/16/2009 2:50:21 PM PST by dirtboy
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To: boomop1

I dread when the time comes that the people who think Obama is going to pay their mortgages and fill their tanks find out that he lied to them - a lie of omission to be sure, but he knew what sort of ideas he was giving them. By that time, the novelty of having a “brothuh” as President will have worn pretty thin.


16 posted on 01/16/2009 2:52:09 PM PST by Twinkie (TWO WRONGS DON'T MAKE A RIGHT!!!)
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To: Congressman Billybob

Good article. As usual.


17 posted on 01/16/2009 2:52:45 PM PST by conservatism_IS_compassion (Change is what journalism is all about. NATURALLY journalists favor "change.")
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To: Congressman Billybob

BTTT


18 posted on 01/16/2009 2:53:56 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: Congressman Billybob
Thanks for your contribution to Free REpublic.

The Republicans seem to lack the backbone to fight for what's right, at least in public. The “spirit” of bipartisanship and civility is only being practiced on on side. If there are different sides. The only solution is to elect strong, principled conservatives to Congress and Senate. This may require them running as a third party. I realize the consequences but am willing to risk a larger Dem majority now for a more secure future. BTW, I am pretty happy with my senators, Shelby and Sessions. Did they have any role in the Holder nomination? Or did they just lay down and take it up the a** too?

19 posted on 01/16/2009 3:03:30 PM PST by saleman (!!!!)
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To: Congressman Billybob
Next thing you know he's going to be a tax cheat in charge of the Treasury Dept.

Oh...wait...

20 posted on 01/16/2009 3:07:29 PM PST by The Duke (I have met the enemy, and he is named 'Apathy'!)
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To: Logical me
This being said there is no way the country can sustain the perils that confront them. The Boston Tea party will be lame compared to what is going to happen.
21 posted on 01/16/2009 3:21:58 PM PST by boomop1
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To: Congressman Billybob
Arlen Specter says that the bigger danger from Holder comes from the bullying of corporate execs. He has an article on the WSJ which says that Holder was instrumental in writing some regulation which allowed prosecutors to bully execs, by denying them access to the company lawyers.

Even Businessmen Deserve a Lawyer - http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123197816826483663.html

22 posted on 01/16/2009 3:22:07 PM PST by Eva (CHANGE- the post modern euphemism for Marxist revolution.)
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To: cajungirl

Joe Biden is the on-deck batter. Wonder how smart he will be in preventing domestic terrorism?


23 posted on 01/16/2009 3:27:12 PM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, John 11:25, 14:6, 1 Tim 2:5, John 3:17-18, John 20:31, 1 John 5:13, John 6:69)
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To: Congressman Billybob

Bookmark for later printing. Thank you for the post.


24 posted on 01/16/2009 3:32:22 PM PST by IrishCatholic (No local communist or socialist party chapter? Join the Democrats, it's the same thing.)
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To: Congressman Billybob
That will reflect badly on the Senators who vote in favor of confirmation.

Everything reflects badly on the senate. The senate is currently a body that is worthy only of contempt. That includes members of both parties.

25 posted on 01/16/2009 3:32:31 PM PST by irv
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To: cajungirl

Can you believe “donations” for Obamessiah’s inauguration from Wall Street and banking executives who will be standing in line after the inauguration with their hands out for millions of bailout money? I spell that C-O-R-R-U-P-T-I-O-N.


26 posted on 01/16/2009 3:34:45 PM PST by RightWingConspirator (Swiftboe like living in a third-world ating: Revealing inconvenient truths about Democrat candidates)
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To: boomop1

The Boston Tea party will be lame compared to what is going to happen.
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Do you think so? Or do you think we’re all just too complacent? On one hand, I can’t imagine revolution coming and on the other hand I can’t imagine that it won’t.
(I just saw Nina (?) Easton on FOX talking about how obama is using fear to push his agenda. I wish Americans would pay attention - no surprise here but it’s still shocking to watch all these events unfold.)


27 posted on 01/16/2009 3:50:46 PM PST by ElayneJ
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To: Congressman Billybob

You forgot friend of terrorists.


28 posted on 01/16/2009 3:56:39 PM PST by TBP
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