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On Thursday, September 25th, 2014, the U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced that he would be leaving his office as soon as a replacement could be found.
According to Ring of Fire Radio, the Obama administration has turned to a corporate attorney who has plenty of experience representing Wall Street – rather than an attorney that spent her career fighting for average citizens.
Liberals have remained almost silent about Obama’s nominee Loretta Lynch and her record on going after the big banks.
Farron Cousins and attorney David Hersh talk about why people need to be very wary of Lynch’s nomination.
Attorney General Holder mocks Fox News for their criticism that the Obama administration will not call terrorism “Islamic terrorism.”
“You’re not Eric Holder, are you?” asked Texas senator John Cornyn to Loretta Lynch nearly two hours into her confirmation hearing to be the next attorney general.
It seemed to summarize what every Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee was likely thinking.
“No, I’m not,” Lynch assured Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, with a wry smile. “I will be myself. I will be Loretta Lynch [if confirmed.]”
Also, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) asked what the legal difference is between marriage of same-sex couples and that of polygamy.
“What is the legal difference between a state — a ban on same-sex marriage being unconstitutional but a ban on polygamy being constitutional?” he inquired at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. “Could you try to articulate how one could be banned under the Constitution and the other not?”
The website Vox tries to answer the question: “Why does the GOP hate Holder so much?”
This website, OK Fine, would simply answer the question with “because they hate him, that’s why,” but Vox actually tries to figure it out.
The answers have something to do with policy — Holder is the face behind the “Fast and Furious” scandal, and his Justice Department’s been slammed over its resistance to transparency and prosecution of leakers.
However, it is also because Holder has taken on the responsibility of going where the president can’t — talking about race bluntly where Obama is conciliatory, expressing contempt for Republicans where Obama has to be polite.
Holder is the perfect target for GOP opposition. The man is responsible for carrying out some of the Obama policies they hate most and is also a personal proxy for the president — partly just because they’re both bi-racial men who identify as black.
“The attorney general nomination hearings starting Wednesday in the Senate Judiciary Committee are ostensibly about nominee Loretta Lynch. But they’re really about outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder,” according to Vox.
For Loretta Lynch, one of her strongest assets in her path to confirmation is that she’s not Holder — and he’ll stay in place until someone else is confirmed. The question is whether Republicans will welcome Lynch as a chance to turn the page, or condemn her automatically for Holder’s sins.
According to Yahoo! News, Attorney General Eric Holder will formally announce Thursday that he plans to resign as the nation’s top law enforcement officer. He has been Attorney General for 5 and a half years. Holder, who will reveal his plans in an appearance at the White House, will stay on until his successor is confirmed.