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Obama's 'Wingman' Eric Holder Says an Attorney General Has to 'Appear to Be Neutral'

Former Attorney General Eric Holder speaks during the second day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Tuesday, July 26, 2016. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Need a good laugh? On Tuesday, Obama’s former attorney general, Eric Holder, who ran the most politicized Department of Justice in history, accused current Attorney General Bill Barr of “cross[ing] the political line.”

“I think the attorney general needs to be a little bit more sensitive to the appearance that that gives. You have to not only be substantively neutral, you have to appear to be neutral when you’re the attorney general of the United States. I fear he has crossed the political line.”

Talk about the pot calling the kettle black. This is the same guy who, as attorney general, obstructed dozens of investigations to protect Obama, and who also referred to himself as “the president’s wingman” during a radio interview in 2014. Exactly how is that “substantively neutral” and giving the appearance of being neutral?

In addition to obstruction investigations, as attorney general, Eric Holder launched bogus investigations into administration corruption and obstructed dozens more, including the investigation of his inexplicable dropping of the New Black Panther voter intimidation case, the Iran ransom scandal, and Benghazi. In August 2014, 47 of 73 inspectors general wrote an open letter to Congress informing them that the Obama administration was obstructing their investigations. Holder also lied to Congress about Fast and Furious and refused to provide documents to Congress for their investigation, prompting a historic contempt vote.

“I think when people look at the Justice Department and think that it’s in some ways politicized, that has a negative long-term impact on the department,” Holder said.

We can thank him and Barack Obama for that. They politicized the Justice Department in an unprecedented fashion. It’s laughable that he thinks he has any business lecturing AG Barr or anyone else about appearing neutral.