Eric Holder may step down as attorney general: has prosecuted pro-life activists
BALTIMORE, November 8, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) - Eric Holder announced this morning he is “trying to determine” whether to stay on as attorney general in Obama’s second term.
“I have to think about [what] can I contribute in a second term?” Holder told students at the University of Baltimore Law School today. “Do I think there are things that I still want to do? Do I have gas left in the tank?”
The announcement comes just days after investigative journalists learned that Holder’s wife and sister-in-law own the facilities that house an abortion clinic. Pro-life advocates say that explains the attorney general’s obsession with prosecuting pro-life activists.
Holder’s Justice Department had to pay $120,000 in attorneys fees to pro-life activist Mary Susan Pine after pursuing a case described as “unconstitutional” and “groundless.” The DOJ ‘s heavy-handed tactics caused a federal judge to ask if the Obama administration acted in concert with abortion providers to punish pro-life speech.
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Earlier this year the Justice Department’s Office of Civil Rights sent a letter demanding the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith (UAFS) admit a transgender man into its women’s rooms over the objections of the university’s co-eds.
Last April, Holder closed the Justice Department’s Obscenity Prosecution Task Force, which was tasked with cracking down on pornographers.
However, charges that Holder has engaged in a cover-up of the way his department works have generated the most controversy.
Rep. James Sensenbrenner, R-WI, raised the specter of impeaching Eric Holder over Operation Fast and Furious last December. The program, which put arms in the hands of Mexican drug and arms dealers, claimed the life of U.S. Agent Brian Terry.
Holder’s tenure in office has been marked with controversy since his decision not to investigate members of the New Black Panther Party for wielding nightsticks in front of a Philadelphia polling place in 2008. One of those charged, Jerry Jackson, returned to the same location this year.
The decision not to prosecute opened up allegations from within the department that the Justice Department had a “deep-seated opposition to to the equal enforcement of the” law.
Commentators have charged Holder uses the department to help the Obama administration’s political allies while ignoring crimes committed against its opponents.
Andrea Lafferty of the Traditional Values Coalition told LifeSiteNews.com that Holder “does not believe [administration officials] need to protect” Christians. However, Holder vowed to prosecute hate crimes against Muslims.
Holder made history by becoming the first black attorney general.
Second term personnel changes are a common occurrence. It is not known who Obama may consider for his successor, if Holder leaves.
However, in a 2001 public radio interview, Barack Obama talked about the necessity of having an “activist” executive branch, especially in the Justice Department.
For now, Holder’s future, and that of the department, remain uncertain.
“It’s been an interesting and tough four years, so I really just don’t know,” Holder told students.