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Eric Holder
Eric Holder.jpg
82nd Attorney General of the United States
From: February 3, 2009
President Barack Hussein Obama
Predecessor Michael Mukasey
Successor Incumbent (no successor)
Former Deputy Attorney General of the United States
From: June 13, 1997 – January 20, 2001
President Bill Clinton
Predecessor Jamie Gorelick
Successor Larry Thompson
Party Democrat
Spouse(s) Sharon Malone
Religion Episcopalian

Eric Himpton Holder, Jr (January 25, 1951) is the current U.S. Attorney General in the Obama Administration. He formerly was Deputy Attorney General, serving from 1997 to 2001, in the Clinton administration. Before receiving this appointment, he was the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, appointed in 1993 upon his resignation from the DC Superior Court. During the transition to the Bush Administration, he was temporarily Acting Attorney General. He succeeded Michael Mukasey.

Holder does not believe in the Second Amendment and supported the unconstitutional ban on handguns in Washington D.C.[1] On February 25, 2009 Holder told reporters that he wants an "assault weapons ban."[2] Second amendment scholar Stephen Halbrook testified to the Senate Judiciary Committee that while Holder was Clinton's deputy attorney general, the Justice Department broke federal law by storing records of firearms purchases.[3]

Shortly after his appointment by President Obama in February 2009, Holder called the America people "a nation of cowards."[4]

Fast and Furious scandal

Main article: Operation Fast and Furious

The Washington Post reported that White House officials stopped a requirement for gun dealers to report bulk sales of high-powered semiautomatic rifles commonly used by illegal drug cartels. The proposal from the Treasury Department's Bureau of Alchol, Tobacco, and Firearms was held up on White House orders from Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.[5]

On March 10, 2011 Holder made his first of many comments about the Justice Department's internal investigation as to why the Treasury Department was ordered not to enforce the law at the Justice Department's request, telling Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison that he had "asked the Inspector General to try to get to the bottom of it." Inspector General Cynthia Schnedar was asked to head an independent investigation. Holder had been in effect Schnedar's boss from 1994 until 1997 while she served as assistant U.S. attorney in Washington, D.C. in the 90s. During Ms. Schnedar's tenure the two had worked a number of cases together.[6] Schnedar quit shortly before the Inspector General's Report was issued, clearing Holder. The bulk of the report throughout was done by Schnedar, but Press Releases attributed the report to her replacement.[7]

Terrorist pardons

On August 11, 1999, on Holder's advice, President Clinton offered clemency to members of the Armed Forces of National Liberation (FALN) terrorist group. [8] On January 24, 1975 the FALN bombed Fraunces Tavern in Manhattan killing four people. Over a six-year period, the group claimed responsibility for more than 100 bombings that took six lives and injured some 130 people.[9] Holder was criticized for his "unconscionable" efforts to circumvent the standard pardon process, not consulting with the Department of Justice's pardon attorney and keeping deliberations hidden from the district U.S. attorney and investigative agencies. Weather Underground terrorists Linda Evans and Susan Rosenberg were also pardoned who were serving life sentences for the murder of two police officers and a Brinks armored guard in 1981.[10]


  1. http://www.newsmax.com/newsfront/holder_obama_guns/2009/01/15/171877.html
  2. http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/story?id=6960824&page=1
  3. http://www.independent.org/newsroom/news_detail.asp?newsID=118
  4. Holder: America Is "A Nation of Cowards"
  5. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/12/17/AR2010121706598.html
  6. Fast and Furious in a Rotten Nutshell, Ronald Kolb, American Thinker, October 7, 2011,
  7. Fast and Furious: DOJ Inspector General Report Delivered, Katie Pavlich, Townhall, August 22, 2012.
  8. U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee testimony available at http://www.senate.gov/~judiciary/wl91599.htm, The Tampa Tribune, S.J.Res. 33 (passed 95-2).
  9. Clinton Pardons Terror, New York Post, August 13, 1999. retrieve from http://www.latinamericanstudies.org September 14, 2007.
  10. Confirming Fears, Editorial, National Review Online, November 19, 2008.

Further reading