The Perjury Rap Sheet of an Attorney General

Arnold Ahlert is a former NY Post op-ed columnist currently contributing to JewishWorldReview.com, HumanEvents.com and CanadaFreePress.com. He may be reached at atahlert@comcast.net.


holderAG1U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder remains in the eye of a largely self-inflicted storm. The House Judiciary Committee is initiating an investigation into whether Holder lied under oath when he testified before the Committee on May 15th regarding the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) seizure of Fox News reporter James Rosen’s emails. Furthermore, in a revelation likely to add weight to that investigation, The New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza reports that the DOJ essentially went “judge shopping” to procure a search warrant to access Rosen’s files.

The Committee is examining an exchange Holder had with Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA). Johnson was concerned the DOJ could prosecute reporters under the auspices of the Espionage Act of 1917.

Johnson: “But we certainly need to protect the privacy of individuals, and we need to protect the ability … of the press to engage in its First Amendment responsibilities to be free and to give us information about our government so as to keep the people informed.”

Holder: “Well, I would say this. With regard to the potential prosecution of the press for the disclosure of material, that is not something that I’ve ever been involved in, heard of or would think would be a wise policy. In fact, my view is quite the opposite.”

Not quite. Last Friday, NBC News reported that the DOJ promised to review its policies regarding the seizure of information from reporters, even as it acknowledged  that the search warrant issued for Rosen’s material was approved “at the highest levels” of the Department, including “discussions” with Holder.

This is not the first time Holder has “misled” Congress. Documents obtained in 2012 by Judicial Watch, pursuant to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit, revealed that top political appointees at the DOJ were intimately involved in the decision to drop the voter intimidation lawsuit against the New Black Panther Party (NBPP). That information conflicts with Holder’s testimony before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies on March 1, 2011. “The decisions made in the New Black Panther Party case were made by career attorneys in the department. And beyond that, you know, if we’re going to look at the record, let’s look at it in its totality,” Holder contended.

The DOJ had initially refused to turn over the documents, contending they didn’t show “any political interference whatsoever.” Judge Reggie B. Walton in Washington, D.C. District Court disagreed. Allowing the release of the documents on July 23, 2012, he declared that they “reveal that political appointees within DOJ were conferring about the status and resolution of the New Black Panther Party case in the days preceding the DOJ’s dismissal of claims in that case[.]”

Sworn testimony given by Holder during the Fast and Furious gun running scandal was even more suspect. On May 3, 2011, he told a Judiciary Committee he had only recently learned about the operation. “I’m not sure of the exact date, but I probably heard about Fast and Furious for the first time over the last few weeks,” he told Committee Chairman Darryl Issa (R-CA). Yet internal DOJ documents obtained by CBS News the following October revealed that Holder had been sent briefings on the operation as early as 2010. For that statement, as well as his stonewalling of the investigation — aided and abetted by an executive order issued by President Obama preventing critical documents from being released — Holder earned a contempt of Congress citation in June 2012.

Thus, Holder’s track record for truth-telling is tattered at best. Yet even as the House Judiciary Committee proceeds, the left has begun circling the wagons around the embattled Attorney General. A Daily Beast column, “Holder Regrets and Repairs,” which contends the embattled Attorney General is, according to aides, “beginning to feel a creeping sense of personal remorse,” is a pathetically transparent effort aimed at rehabilitating Holder’s image. “As attorney general, a position at the intersection of law, politics, and investigations, Holder has been at the center of partisan controversy almost since taking office,” writes Daniel Klaidman. “But sources close to the attorney general says he has been particularly stung by the leak controversy, in large part because his department’s–and his own–actions are at odds with his image of himself as a pragmatic lawyer with liberal instincts and a well-honed sense of balance—not unlike the president he serves.”

An equally delirious effort was made by administration apologist Juan Williams on Fox News Sunday. Williams argued that Holder was not responsible for the investigation of Rosen, despite signing the affidavit authorizing it. He further insisted that Holder “is the exact right person” to conduct an investigation to see how DOJ prosecutors came to decide Rosen was a “criminal co-conspirator.”

Even Rep. Johnson also tried to provide cover for Holder. “The attorney general’s statement that no journalists have been prosecuted under the Espionage Act during his tenure is accurate,” he told The Hill.

Not exactly. Holder said he hadn’t been involved in potential prosecution of the press, a statement we now know is at odds with the truth, to say the least.

Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (WI), the second-ranking Judiciary Committee Republican has a far more accurate assessment of Holder. “As we saw in Fast and Furious and are seeing now, Attorney General Holder refuses to hold himself accountable,” said Sensenbrenner. “He misled the Judiciary Committee under oath when he said he had not heard about Fast and Furious and he misled us again when he claimed to be unaware of the AP scandal. The head of DOJ should be someone the American people can trust. Attorney General Holder should resign.”

The impetus for that resignation is likely to grow stronger. Last Friday, when the DOJ conceded Holder had been in the loop regarding Rosen, the Department remained unapologetic. They contended the seizure of Rosen’s phone records — and by extension, those of Rosen’s parents – was a legitimate exercise of DOJ authority. “After extensive deliberations, and after following all applicable laws, regulations and policies, the Department sought an appropriately tailored search warrant under the Privacy Protection Act,” said a department official. “And a federal magistrate judge made an independent finding that probable cause existed to approve the search warrant.”

This was on the third try. As Lizza reveals, two other judges separately declared that the DOJ was required to notify Rosen about the seizure of his records, even if that notification was delayed. Otherwise, as Judge John M. Facciola wrote in an opinion rejecting the Obama administration’s argument, “The subscriber therefore will never know, by being provided a copy of the warrant, for example, that the government secured a warrant and searched the contents of her (sic) e-mail account.”

Ronald C. Machen, Jr., the U.S. Attorney prosecuting Stephen Kim, the former State Department arms expert who allegedly leaked classified information about North Korea to Rosen, disagreed. He insisted Rosen should not be notified about the search and seizure of his e-mails, even after a lengthy delay. Machen appealed Facciola’s ruling and in 2010, he got Royce C. Lamberth, the chief judge in the Federal District Court for the District of Columbia, to overturn the ruling.

Lamberth himself added to the intrigue surrounding his ruling. Last Wednesday, he issued an order apologizing to the public and the media for not making three search warrants in this case widely available online. A federal judge had ordered their release in November 2011, but they were kept under wraps for another 18 months, and only posted on the court docket after the Washington Post inquired about them. Lamberth blamed the delay on administrative errors, adding that a review of the “performance of the personnel involved is underway.”

It is virtually impossible to believe Holder, who authorized the original affidavit allowing Rosen’s records to be seized, was subsequently out of the loop, especially when two judges rejected the idea that the seizure could be kept secret. Thus, we have reached another embarrassing point in Eric Holder’s embarrassing tenure as Attorney General, all the personal remorse in the world notwithstanding.

Yet those who believe Obama will finally pull the trigger and ask for Holder’s resignation are being naive. Obama gave a speech last week in which he “called on Congress to pass a media shield law to guard against government overreach.” The law would protect journalists from having to testify about confidential sources–meaning it’s totally irrelevant with regard to both the seizure of AP phone records and the Rosen case because they involved government searches. But the announcement reflects the president’s effort to bury this scandal with the kind of rationalization that passes for logic in Washington, D.C.: no one at the DOJ has done anything wrong, and they won’t do it again.

Furthermore, Obama’s invocation of executive privilege to protect Holder in the Fast and Furious case indicates how far he is willing to go to keep Holder aboard. In short, Holder only resigns if and when Obama perceives that the Attorney General is a direct threat to his own political well-being. In one of the greater ironies of the moment, Obama’s effort to protect Holder will be aided and abetted by the media.

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  • Looking4Sanity

    The man is a liar and a racist. He's also an unrepentant criminal. Nothing is going to happen to this POS as long as this regime remains in power. I can barely wait for 2016 and a chance at redemption for America. I don't know how the people working under him can even look each other in the eye. They're certainly not speaking out. I always knew LEO's were cowards, but this is just beyond the pale.

    The worst part of all of this is that it is only a symptom of what ails this country. An entire nation of sheep who look the other way while it happens is the real problem. Is it any wonder that Holder called all of US cowards?!? Considering what we've let him get away with so far, I'd have to say he had a point.

    • oldgreenbird

      They have all !! Said " We didn't do anything Wrong " and we WONT do it again

      What the Hell do they mean by that ?

      and OH ! by the way , We have the Right to remain Silent !
      What the HELL do they mean with that also ???

      • Looking4Sanity

        Have you ever observed a child who has been caught red handed in a lie? They will continue to lie in an attempt to get out of the consequences of their action(s) out of a belief that they've got it all figured out and no one will know if they just stick to their story, but inside they are panicking because they start to suspect that they might…just might…have overlooked some critical flaw in their scheme. They aren't smart enough to reason it all out, and in their panic they don't even pay attention to what they're saying. All they can think of is avoiding those consequences at any cost. It doesn't occur to them that they're only digging the hole deeper. The same thing needs to happen to them that happens to children who tell lies around my house. They get their little fannies tanned…but good! In Holder's case, that means prison time.

        • Looking4Sanity

          Indeed. The mindless sycophants are as juvenile as their idols. They cheer him on regardless of his actions the same way they would cheer on Bugs Bunny for stealing Elmer Fudd's carrots.I Corinthians 13:11: When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.And a fine good morning to you as well my friend. It does appear that we've crossed the Rubicon as far as the baseline stupidity of the 47% goes. Those on the right are still holding it together, but the ones in the middle are teetering precariously on the brink of hopelessness themselves. For all practical intent and purpose, I believe (and have for quite some time now) that your assessment of the game being over is accurate. And, while it is a terrible shame, I suppose it was inevitable.

          • HeyZoos

            There he goes again.

            The Heathen quoting Scripture.

          • Looking4Sanity

            How do you breath with your nose so far up my crack? Got snorkel?

          • HeyZoos

            Come now Charles.
            Suck, don't blow.

          • Looking4Sanity

            Your wit is your finest quality…and that's saying something.

          • Kevin Stowell

            I see you have a 'rrhoid problem.

          • Looking4Sanity

            Fortunately, the problem is not mine. Internet dimwits are more of an amusement than a problem. ;o)

          • TAEdison

            Internet dimwits?

            Chuckles, you are certainly the brightest bulb in the drawer……..

          • Looking4Sanity

            I'm not the one who has to post anonymously because I've been banned from this web site though, am I, pinhead? That's the problem with all you morons. You push everything three steps too far, cry when you get your Wee whacked, and then proceed to double down on your own stupidity.

          • Ron

            Insane….I have a crying towel for you. Just call me and I will send it to you.

          • ziggy zoggy

            Ron,

            I tried to call you but all I got was a "Hot Boys" chat line. No thanks, spanky.

    • TheRaven

      Remember, the “perp” here didn’t do anything as a “solo act.” He had lots of help from within DoJ ranks. You cannot sanitize a contaminated pot of chili by picking out one bad piece of meat.

      • Looking4Sanity

        The majority of his help is coming from outside the DoJ, but I will concede the point that he's getting help from within as well. Anyone who witnesses a crime and does nothing is as guilty as the one who committed it.He's getting cover from the White house, the media, Congress, and every mindless idiot who calls themselves an Obama supporter…not to mention his own subordinates with their little blue wall of silence.

    • Marathon Man

      Juan Williams tries to defend this man…

      another example of excellent and unbiased journalism…

      • Looking4Sanity

        Dear Lord. How I despise that little worm! He's one of those untalented hacks who tries to disguise himself as a “moderate” (a completely different rant), when it's obvious to anyone with a functioning brain that he is a committed Leftist.Loved the sarcasm and kudos on the discerning eye!

      • kasandra

        You call what Juan Williams does "journalism." He's more of a flak for the administration than is Jay Carney.

  • Keith Keith

    I did not have sex with that reporter! But I did screw him!!!

  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    EVEN before DOJgate blew into the public's view, wasn't there enough reason to remove him from office, but indict him too? – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/08/01/will-barack-h

    In any other democratic country Holder would be behind bars, as would his boss. Perjury used to be a crime. Simple as that.

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

    • Lanie

      Perjury and treason used to be crimes when the people in this country had a sense of morality. Since moral relativism is the consensus now, crimes are simply in the eye of the beholder. Kind of like one man's freedom fighter is another man's terrorist. Beyond that, our political class has become brazen in their outright lawlessness. The law doesn't apply to them. They have different standards and rules than the rest of us. And when you are a member of the Obama team, you play the worst game of politics-Chicago/Alinsky style. Nothing you do is above reproach because the ends always justify the means.

  • ElizabethMC

    This man does not know right from wrong. He is the perfect complement to obama.
    They are both motivated by political activism – not justice. This fact explains every failure and act of incompetence by this administration.

    • Looking4Sanity

      Of course he knows right from wrong…otherwise he would not feel compelled to lie! Is it your theory that he is both an amoral idiot AND a congenital liar? As much as I dislike the man, even I don't believe that of him. Stupidity and evil may be related, but one is not the cause of the other.

      • ElizabethMC

        When the end justifies the means and when you're driven by ideology, right and wrong don't have meaning anymore.

        • Looking4Sanity

          I understand what you're saying, but I can't agree with it. We were ALL made in the image of God. As such, somewhere deep inside everyone is an innate knowledge of right and wrong. Ignoring it doesn't make it go away. The actual percentage of people who are literally “born without a conscience” is miniscule, and the odds of them rising to a level of public success as high as Holder has is even smaller. People like that usually turn out to be cannibalistic serial killers.The explanation is much simpler than that. He has what the Bible refers to as a “seared conscience”. Now that I think on it, that is most likely the point you are making. If so, I have to agree completely.

          • ElizabethMC

            (I understand what you're saying, but I can't agree with it. We were ALL made in the image of God. As such, somewhere deep inside everyone is an innate knowledge of right and wrong. )

            But if you truly believe that what you are doing serves the greater good, be it illegal or unethical, your actions, however wrong in the eyes of God, or the law, or the general public, become justified.
            This is how they think!! They believe they know what's best for us. They have always believed that. And they're going to do what's best for us no matter what laws they have to break. They believe they are RIGHT.
            Even lying under oath becomes 'right'.

          • Looking4Sanity

            That is a textbook definition of pure evil. “The ends justifies the means” is, in itself, a justification of behavior. Requiring a justification for your actions is itself proof of a knowledge between right and wrong. Hitler knew he was wrong. Mao knew he was wrong. Stalin knew he was wrong. What's the common thread? They were all pure evil. They didn't CARE that they were wrong (seared conscience). they ALL meant to have what they wanted no matter the cost and they all knew exactly what they were doing and that it was wrong. You'll never convince me otherwise. More importantly, THEY will never convince God otherwise on Judgment Day either.

          • ElizabethMC

            You're falsely comparing brutal dictators to liberals/ progressives/ what-ever-they-are who are trying to provide a false utopia, where most everyone has at least a minimal existance – at the expense of those who have more.

          • Looking4Sanity

            “Falsely”? I don't think so. It's a difference without a distinction. At best, it's only a matter of degree. If you can't see the truth of that then you have a problem.I've enjoyed our discussion and harbor no ill will towards you for your position, but perhaps it would be best if we simply agree to disagree. I'm sure there is much more that we agree on than not. Why poison that well, right?

          • ElizabethMC

            OK – I'm fine with that if you can agree that I don't have a problem… :-)

          • Looking4Sanity

            We ALL have problems. I'm sure that any of yours are inconsequential when compared to others. ;o)

          • Lanie

            Liberals/Progressives are exactly the same as brutal dictators. Evil is evil no matter how it is expressed. Liberals/Progressives may not (yet) build the concentration camps, send millions to the gulag, or simply line us up and kill us, but the brutality and evil they have perpetrated upon the minds and hearts of millions who are apathetic, complacent and willing to give up liberty and much, much worse, sold their souls to Satan to live in government-sanctioned sin so their eternal life is in jeopardy is a brutality of the worst kind.

          • ziggy zoggy

            "Liberals/Progressives may not (yet) build the concentration camps, send millions to the gulag, or simply line us up and kill us…"

            They want to, Lanie. They want to.

          • WilliamJamesWard

            Liberals/Progressives, lions and tigers oh my! It might be fun but
            I don't think they will be able to take the heat, what they want is
            what will do them in…..who do they have to do the heavy work?………………..William

          • StopLooking4Sanity

            Satan! Get thee behind me.

          • Looking4Sanity

            That's no small task considering you're constantly at the back of the pack. Step one would be for you to pull your nose out of my butt crack.

          • HeyZoos

            Conversing with you is like wiping ones arse with a hula hoop. The fun never ends.

          • Kevin Stowell

            Why would you know that about hula hoops?

  • WilliamJamesWard

    The Obama regeme is very well aware of how control of the press aided people like Venezeula's
    Chavez keep power and as students of Communist tactics were well aware of the necessity
    of violating existing laws to do what they do. Chavez had to intimidate and ruin the Judiciary
    to get away with his dictatorship, something Obama is just fine with and Holder is his enabler.
    Shut down the Press this of course is the key to keeping the low information people in line and
    a viable chorus of denying enablers from the very contaminated Press loyal to the Marxist,
    Communist, Socialist, Progressive, Islamist Cabal. Contempt of Congess and Contempt of
    the American people underlies the contempt they have for the law they are sworn to uphold
    but conspiracy to destroy the privacy of legitimate agents of the Press and the ensuing
    prevarications paints and ugly picture of a decadent government with the tag of liar appropriate
    to everyone associated with Obama and Holder throughout all Democrats and all RHINO'S.
    William

  • http://alwaysonwatch3.blogspot.com/ alwaysonwatch

    Obama’s invocation of executive privilege to protect Holder in the Fast and Furious case indicates how far he is willing to go to keep Holder aboard.

    I'm not sure that Obama would dare to throw Holder under the bus. Holder knows too much about Obama's doings.

    • Looking4Sanity

      I am sure you are absolutely correct in that assessment. They are in it together right up to their eyeballs…thick as thieves and loving every minute of it…so far. Let's see if they still feel that way when the bill comes due.

    • critical thinker

      By invoking EX. Privilege, Obama admitted his complicity in F and F. Chicago politics is so ingrained in this administration that its stench should be apparent to all those who share the sense of smell along with common sense.

  • oldgreenbird

    Very well UNDERSTATED !!

  • Ed Shick

    There are enough prison Cells for Obama , his Czars ,, his Appointees ? Holder has nothing that helps our Country! which one of these commies is our biggest enemy??

    • DonaldYoungsRevenge

      Do you know that Frontpage has not done ONE story about the two year criminal investigation that has been going on concerning the fraud and criminal activity of Barack H. Obama. This is the scandal that will destroy this administration. This is where the law is cut and dry and there is no need for a chain of emails, nor wire and phone taps, nor whistleblowers, etc. These crimes can be pinned on Barack H. Obama and it is treasonous in that he used these fraudulent documents to remain in office during two wars. He should get the death penalty for that activity.

      • Looking4Sanity

        Until you resolve the ambiguity of the eligibility clause of the Constitution you are NEVER going to get a conviction against a sitting President no matter how badly you want it. Perhaps you should make that a priority.

    • D M

      How about some prison cells sharing with a few of the 'misunderstood' Islamist radicals who they're trying to release?

  • DonaldYoungsRevenge

    Many think that Holder was never sworn in and that seems to be the MO of this Congress as they investigate these LIARS. As I said before the Republicans bring butter knives to the investigation and thus will never succeed in ANY invesitgation. Just think about the process, ask questions without swearing in and when they do swear them in it goes like this. "so you swear to tell the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth {so help me Eric Holder, Hillary Clinton, etc}". What a damn joke!

    • Looking4Sanity

      Do you honestly think that would make any difference to these people? All that matters to any of them is their own skins. They will protect the system that gives them power over their fellow men until it becomes inexpedient to do so. Only THEN will you see people being thrown to the wolves…and that just to save their own scrofulous necks.

  • Spider

    Com-mrade Obamski ( aka Chicago Gangsta) Holder and Hill the Hag all need to be wearing Orange Jumpsuits for their long vacation to the Colorado supermax.

  • Lemrob

    Gitmo would be the perfect place for all of them

    • Mary Sue

      Gitmo's too good for them. Leavenworth would be about right, if it took non-military types.

  • onecornpone

    The Dementia Dudes – Obama & Holder…
    What do these two bruthas have in common other than race (sort of) and creed?

    THIS is what happens when dope-smokers rise to seats of serious responsibility and to be heads of state, then can't remember what they did or said last week – and we are being urged to legalize this behavior?!?

    But WE concerned constitutionalist claim to be seriously pondering the basis of the advent of lo-info voter? WTH?!?

    Stonewalling Stoners!

  • kasandra

    If one recalls, Eric Holder also testified that he signed Clinton's pardon of Marc Rich (using highly unusual if not outright illegal presidential pardon procedures) because he didn't know who Rich was notwithstanding that in an earlier incarnation as an Assistant AG he had prosecuted a close associate of RIch's and held a news conference about it. You can get the whole story by reading the articles cited if you Google articles about Eric Holder by Andrew McCarthy. This man, who Lannie Davis has called the most honest person in Washington, is a serial fabricator and it's a disgrace he is AG and continues to serve in that position.

  • theccur

    EVERYONE in the administration KNOWS that, IF they don't ADMIT to a crime, their CRIMES will never be prosecuted.

  • critical thinker

    Shame on Judge Lamberth, shame on those who call themselves journalists and are only lapdogs for the administration and its attorney general who is a serial liar and a disgrace to the word JUSTICE for which he shows NO understanding or respect.

  • Ted G

    I have said this before and I'll say it again. There is treason in the halls of power!

  • pinnie99

    AGREE LEMBRO… .iTS NO WONDER BO WANTS GITMO CLOSED…. ITS WHERE THIS ADMIN (ALL OF THEM) BELONG!! iLL START PRAYING NOW!!

  • FrontPgSubscr

    Calls for his resignation in the public news media (Fox News).
    Holder NEEDS to 'tender' his resignation.

  • Edward Cox

    How any American with a shred of honesty and concern for the country could support the Democratic Party is not incredible. Juan Williams is a liar as are most of the Democratic Party. The rest are so lacking in reasoning ability they should be wards of the state.

    • WilliamJamesWard

      "they should be wards of the state." Edward I think they already are and it is expressed in
      'the loons are running the asylum"……………………..William

  • Ellman

    Let's acknowledge at least one thing: Obama has no problem with Holder lying about anything. He does it himself on a daily basis.