Harding’s Attorney General disgraced for politicizing Justice Department.
Justice is supposed to be blind.
It isn’t supposed to be rocket science.
Eric Holder, he of the prestigious Stuyvesant School for the intellectually gifted, Columbia University (where he was co-captain of his basketball team), and Columbia Law School — is neither blind nor a rocket scientist.
Neither was Harry Daugherty, he the onetime legal whiz-kid who graduated from the University of Michigan law school at the precocious age of twenty — and then had to wait until he was old enough to take the bar exam in his native Ohio. Daugherty, who like Holder mixed his legal career with politics, wound up managing the successful presidential campaign of his friend Warren Harding. Who promptly — against considerable advice — appointed his friend and political ally to head the Justice Department.
Daugherty promptly turned the Justice Department into a political playground — and wound up resigning in disgrace.
As was true of President Harding’s Harry Daugherty, President Obama’s Eric Holder is a smart lawyer. And also as with Daugherty, no smart lawyer devoted to the law and impartial justice would come within a country mile of the type of repeated politicization both men favored and favor. Repeatedly bad decisions that have emerged from the Department of Justice during the two men’s respective tenures almost ninety years apart as the nation’s top lawyer could never come from the smart lawyers each was and is reputed to be.
Unless, of course, the man now serving as Attorney General of the United States has made a coldly deliberate decision — as did Daugherty — to politicize the law. To intentionally, purposefully and with malice aforethought so abuse the Department of Justice for political purposes that it becomes a cesspool of the politics of injustice, with raw political sewage spilling out of the cavernous office of the attorney general and slowly seeping into every nook and cranny of a system specifically designed as a bulwark against tyranny, racism, thuggery, and political corruption itself.
Today, Attorney General Holder is attracting so many Daugherty-like allegations of bad judgment or political corruption in his running of the Justice Department that as with Daugherty’s critics, the demand is increasing for an investigation into the conduct of the Attorney General himself. And his resignation.
For Holder this list includes:
• The Black Panthers: the refusal to prosecute serious allegations of voter intimidation against the Black Panthers.
• Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab: the decision to charge the Christmas Day “Underwear Bomber” in Detroit as a common criminal instead of as an enemy combatant.
• Detainee Photos: the decision to advise the President to release detainee abuse photographs, advise the President rejected.
• Investigating the CIA: the decision to seek a special prosecutor to investigate the CIA for decisions already checked into — and cleared — by a previous investigator for the Bush administration.
• Trial of KSM: deciding to locate the trial of 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in New York City. Now reports in the Daily Caller indicate the trial will be postponed — deliberately — until after the November mid-term elections.
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