WASHINGTON, October 1, 2014 — U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, our fourth longest serving Attorney General, says he is retiring to continue his work in civil rights issues and to spend more time with his family.
The announcement, however, has left many wondering about the real reason Holder is stepping down. Policy experts speculate that the timing of his departure as the nation’s “top cop” is a bit too coincidental.
The federal court recently ruled that the Department of Justice must turn over a “Vaughn index” of documents pertinent to the ongoing investigation of “Operation Fast and Furious,” something Holder, and Obama, has so far avoided doing.
Washington insiders believe that if Republicans take control of the Senate, Holder would no longer be able to count on the Obama Administration for protection in the Fast and Furious investigation. Sticking around the Justice Department might therefore be detrimental to his health.
Fast and Furious was an Obama Administration’s covert operation to monitor and track drug cartels by following the path of firearms. In the process, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) lost more than 1,400 weapons, and two of the weapons were found at the murder scene of U.S. Border Control agent Brian Terry.
The operation strategy of Fast and Furious was approved by the Obama DOJ and the Mexican government, but it failed to produce the result they were trying to achieve.
Instead, it armed individuals both governments wanted to take down.
Operation Fast and Furious was a classic “flip-flop” operation. The operation gave Mexican criminals and drug lords firearms, then lost them, rendering President Obama’s public support for gun control fraudulent.
The Department of Justice, led by Eric Holder, ran roughshod over sound procedure – and probably the law – just to highlight the cartel’s whereabouts; the ultimate cost was the life of Brian Terry. The Obama Administration was prepared to privately arm our enemies abroad, yet wanted to suppress the gun rights of U.S. citizens.
Like a teen’s parents, Congress usually figures things out. Whistle blower testimonies provided information, paving the way for the covert operation to be exposed as a felony action. The Mexican government and its own informants have given leads about Mexicans being murdered as a consequence of helping this Department of Justice-supported program.
Border security agents, in testimony and in their reports, say that other Mexican informants were murdered with the same firearms granted to them by the United States government, which might make our government liable for those deaths.
Americans have finally gotten past their honeymoon with Obama; we are done blaming the Bush Administration for everything that goes wrong. Now Washington’s players are in the center of a yet another case fraught with doubt, blame and government incompetence.
The Department of Justice’s corrupt past is coming to light. The witnesses, the scandals, the selling of illegal guns and firearms and the lack of transparency all require someone to take responsibility.
That man is Attorney General Holder. And he is retiring.