Eric Holder Does Justice
Hilarious statement of the week:
"I will work to restore the credibility of a department badly shaken by allegations of improper political interference. Law enforcement decisions and personnel actions must be untainted by partisanship."
That's from Eric Holder, Attorney General of the United States. He said that during his confirmation hearings and you could almost feel the floor vibrate with Marc Rich's laughter. Remember Marc Rich: Andrew McCarthy was on the case as soon as Holder's name bobbed to the surface as Obama's choice to lead his post-racial, post-partisan (the laughs just keep coming) Department of Justice:
The Marc Rich pardon was one of the most disgraceful chapters in the history of the Justice Department. Not the modern history, the entire history. Rich was accused of mega-crimes: millions in fraud, tax-evasion, and trading with the America’s enemies. In 2000, he was a fugitive. He had been one for nearly two decades, during which the government had expended immense resources in a futile attempt to apprehend him.
Mind you, flitting from country to country to avoid prosecution, as Rich was doing, is itself a felony. When Eric Holder aided and abetted Rich’s pardon effort, he was not only grossly violating the Justice Department policy it was his job to uphold; he was dealing with the agents of someone who was actively committing a serious federal crime. That’s why, when prosecutors deal with a fugitive’s representatives, the appropriate question is: “When is he going to turn himself in?” It’s not, as Holder essentially asked, “What can I do to help?”
Well, that was back in November. Holder has been in office for six months now and -- will wonders never cease? -- it turns out that really, when not subjected to the glare of television cameras and Congressional scrutiny, Eric Holder is part of Team Obama's effort to transform justice from the rule of law into the pursuit of "social justice," i.e., an attack on the rule of law in the name of a left-wing political agenda.
The most recent example -- at least, the most recent example that we know about -- is the Justice Department's breathtaking order to dismiss the charges against the New Black Panther party members (including one who wielded a nightstick) who had been charged with voter intimidation in Philadelphia during November's election.
Did I say "voter intimidation"? Jennifer Rubin, in a must-read piece in The Weekly Standard, puts it better with a quote from Bartle Bull, a civil rights attorney: the Panthers had engaged in "the most blatant form of voter intimidation I have encountered in my life in political campaigns in many states, going back to the work I did in Mississippi in the 1960s."