Skip to comments.Ted Cruz: Eric Holder refusing to follow the law
Posted on 07/25/2013 7:25:27 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
Sen. Ted Cruz said Thursday that Attorney General Eric Holder is continuing a "longstanding pattern of refusing to follow the law" with his decision to disregard the U.S. Supreme Court and force Texas to seek federal approval for changes to voting laws.
The Texas Republican's comment came in a stern statement in which he also accused Holder of politicizing the Justice Department.
"Holder's refusal to accept the judgment of the U.S. Supreme Court regarding preclearance continues the department's longstanding pattern of refusing to follow the law," Cruz said.
He was referring to the high court's June 25 decision declaring as unconstitutional a Voting Rights Act of 1965 provision that required 11 states to obtain prior Justice Department approval of even minor changes in their election laws.
"Likewise, Holder continues to attack voter ID laws, even though the Supreme Court has concluded that voter ID laws are supported by multiple interests that are unquestionably relevant to the State's interest in protecting the integrity and reliability of the electoral process," Cruz said.
Earlier in the day, Holder told the National Urban League that he would use a little-known provision in the Voting Rights Act to circumvent the Supreme Court while Congress worked to fill in the gaps in the law.
"This is the [Department of Justice's] first action to protect voting rights following the Shelby County decision, but it will not be our last," Holder said. "Even as Congress considers updates to the Voting Rights Act in light of the Court's ruling, we plan, in the meantime, to fully utilize the law's remaining sections to subject states to preclearance as necessary."
Previously, the DOJ used Section 4 of the VRA to block new voting laws in states that had decades ago tried to disenfranchise minority voters. The Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, said that Congress needed to create a new formula to determine which parts of the country must seek DOJ approval for changes to their election laws.
DOJ tried to use Section 3 of the VRA in 1992 to block states from making their own election laws. Section 3 allows DOJ to block laws in states that have previously violated the 14th and 15th Amendments.
Holder has refused to follow the Law ever since he was appointed and confirmed. Is ANYONE going to hold him to account?
When will Obama/Holder throw out Presidential Term Limit ?
Tell it like it is Ted!
I doubt Holder even knows the law. The clown is clueless.
Holder has already been found in Contempt of Congress, but you apparently Boehner and McConnell don’t have the gonads between them to do anything, even withhold funs from the Dept of inJustice.
OK, so Holder refuses to obey the law. We all know that. What will be done about it?
Can a state refuse to comply? Holder has failed to comply several times.
How could the DOJ enforce anything? Oh, I know, they’ve got a lot of bullets!!!
Writ of mandamus, I suppose. Now, who’s aggrieved?
Well, Holder has bonded with black criminals after all
Contempt of Congress is contempt for “We the People”.
It’s a mistake to blame this all on Holder. The AG is certainly a willing accomplice but the person trying to break the law is his holiness.
We are getting closer in this game of chicken initiated by nobama with Texas.
Texas has both a long and proud history of standing up to tyrants and we are better staffed now than in any time I can remember with Perry, Abbott and Cruz.
Am betting that if nobama orders the US Military to fire on Texas, he will be the one with the big surprise coming.
“When will Obama/Holder throw out Presidential Term Limit ?”
I have no doubt that is coming. I am deadly serious!
As he stood in front of the Philadelphia polling station in 2008, Black Panther 'King Shabazz' shouted this at prospective white voters:
"You're about to be ruled by the black man, cracker."
Notice that he did not say, "You're about to be ruled by American law as faithfully administered by black men who respect it, cracker."
Holder has “executive order” envy, after seeing Obama’s long list of executive orders in the sauna.
Commie Obama sends out Eric Holder to emit another smokescreen to distract attention from the Benghazi Massacre.
Fearful of beuing Impeached for Dereliction of Duty as CIC, Commie Obama has sent Holder out to joust at Windmills in Texas.
Always a sucker for smokescreen distractions the Liberal Agenda Media (LAM) dutifully will fill a good portion of their 24/7 support time for Commie Obama on the Texas jousting windmill story.
As the jousting windmill story dies down Holder will be sent out to create another smokescreen to prevent his boss from being impeached for the Dereliction of duty in the Benghazi Massacre.
Always oblivious to what Commie Obama is trying to cover up in the Benghazi Massacre, Speaker Boehner will still refuse to Impeach Obama, appoint a Special Prosecutor, or honor the requests of the 1000 Special Forces Petitioners yesterday to appoint a House Committee with subpoena powers.
Senator Cruz is correct on his appraisal of Holder, but seems oblivious to the reason Holder is jousting at the impeccable TEXAS Voting Rights identification Windmill.
So whatcha goin to do about it Teddy? Goin to arrest Holder? No? Then stop your jawin and crawl back under a rock.
Yessiree. Nothing is or will happen to them. Banana Republic FReepers.
I like your chutzpah but we are a long way from removing a tyrant. People remove tyrants when they have nothing left to loose and death is preferable to living another day under a despot. At present the American populace still live a comfortable life and find no reason to rebel against the slow erosion of freedom. I have no doubt that Texas would lead the charge but we are light years away from CWII.