Attorney General Eric Holder inspires more contempt than trust

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  • JayTee Sandy, UT
    July 2, 2012 11:30 a.m.

    This whole situation just proves that being appointed to a cabinet-level position doesn't make a crook any less of a crook. And it's about time that SOMEONE in Washington started doing what they're paid to do, and demanding some accountability there. This should have happened long ago, and is just more proof that emperor Obama has no clothes on after all. But he will always have his defenders, because some are either unwilling or incapable of seeing obvious truth.

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    June 28, 2012 8:57 a.m.

    But selling weapons to our enemies a cocaine to Americans made Ollie North a Hero. Perhaps Eric should use the "I don't remember, I can't recall defense, seemed to work for republicans in the past.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    June 27, 2012 1:50 p.m.

    This Congress inspires contempt, that's why they have record low approval ratings. All they want to do is a political hackjob to distract people from the fact they've done jack squat to help create jobs.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    June 27, 2012 1:38 p.m.

    As has been stated above, when Obama used the executive privledge he implicated HIMSELF! He is the owner of this scandal and has henseforth and forever become Holder's partner and co-conspirator in this cover-up scandal! Its the law, ask any lawyer!

  • Fitness Freak Salt Lake City, UT
    June 27, 2012 12:52 p.m.

    Its surprising to me that the contempt charge took this long. The committee has been beyond patient with Holder.

    Even some Demos. are voting for contempt. THAT FACT alone should indicate there's nothing "partisan" about the contempt charge.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    June 27, 2012 12:06 p.m.

    @ OneAmerican, the gunwalking program started in 2006, then named "Operation Wide Receiver". Who was President then? But here's the deal. I don't personally blame Bush, and you should not personally blame Obama, for stuff the ATF did. How to address this issue is the question, and Issa is more about political points while Holder has tried to balance the interests of law enforcement personnel. But Issa and his supporters are not interested in truth, nor in the concerns of national security and law enforcement agencies and people. Example: The Plame mess, where Bush people as high up, at least, as the Vice President, a normally very secretive bunch, revealed the name of a CIA operative and jeopardized her as well as many others with him she worked over the years. Why? They had a thin-skinned political hissy fit. Believe the political propaganda all you like, but having worked for a Republican Senator and in other political capacities, I know a canard when I see one.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    June 27, 2012 11:57 a.m.

    To my Idaho critics (above), may I guide your attention to an investigative piece by Fortune called "The truth about the Fast and Furious scandal", June 27, 2012?

    Yes, some honesty would be appreciated. Republicans want to blame Obama for the recession that Bush gave us, the auto bailout that Bush gave us, the Wall Street bailout that Bush gave us, the stimulus that had its impetus under Bush and so forth. Yet the Republicans never take responsibility for their actions, which when they go wrong, blame on the guy they handed the mess to. This is a manufactured "crisis", one that Issa is exploiting, just as he said he would do when he took over his chairmanship. If he really wanted to resolve it, he should have accepted the Administration's offer to give him everything except that material they were barred by law from giving, such as grand jury testimony. It's a game, folks, one the GOP has been playing ever since they announced they would do everything they could to ensure the failure of the newly elected President. That's party over country by any measure.

  • Invisible Hand Provo, UT
    June 27, 2012 11:27 a.m.

    Obama should come clean on Fast and Furious ASAP. He should admit that the whole thing was a mistake and fire Holder. Let Holder be the fall guy and get this over with before the election gets any closer. Instead he has chosen to play a delay game hoping that this will smolder under the radar until after the election, or people will lose interest. That fact that he's defending Holder just draws more attention because whether it's true or not, people will assume that where there's smoke there's fire.

  • OneAmerican Idaho Falls, ID
    June 27, 2012 10:09 a.m.

    Esquire, your inability to research this issue and instead fall directly back on the old line of "It's BUSH's fault" destroys your credibility at the get-go. Had you informed yourself, you would know that HOLDER HIMSELF has stated that the BUSH administration had nothing to do with Fast and Furious (to prevent perjuring himself after having made the same claim you did) If your position were the correct one, we would have had ALL tens of thousands of documents at the beginning because the current administration will stop at nothing to lay the blame of all their problems at the feet of George W. Bush. It's immature, and it definitely is not leadership. An administration who has no problem with leaking security secrets at the behest of our allies and at the risk of national security would have NO problem making documents available if they implicated Bush. They don't. However they likely implicate Holder and very possibly Obama. THAT is why they are stonewalling. Eric Holder is the poster boy for this administration. A dose of intellectual honesty would be just what the doctor ordered.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    June 27, 2012 9:46 a.m.

    @ Esquire. You have just identified one of the major differences between liberals and conservatives! Liberals will support thugery, cover-ups, malfeasance and dishonesty among their own! If you doubt that, ask yourself what if Holder was a Republican?

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    June 27, 2012 9:03 a.m.

    This is all politics over a Bush administration program and documents that cannot be provided under law. The Administration offered all non-protected materials and Issa said no. It's a game, not public service, and and Holder is the whipping boy. The Republicans will stop at nothing, even on stuff they started.