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Eric Holder in the crosshairs… December 2, 2008

Posted by neoavatara in Politics.
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http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28009028/

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/02/us/politics/02holder.html?hp

I commented on Mr. Holder’s involvement in the pardons of Marc Rich, not to mention of several of the FALN terrorists from South America.

Now, it appears he was much more involved then previously stated.  Congressional records show Mr. Holder had more than a half-dozen contacts with Mr. Rich’s lawyers over 15 months, including phone calls, e-mail and memorandums that helped keep alive Mr. Rich’s prospects for a legal resolution to his case. And Mr. Holder’s final opinion on the matter — a recommendation to the White House on the eve of the pardon that he was “neutral, leaning toward” favorable — helped ensure that Mr. Clinton signed the pardon despite objections from other senior staff members, participants said.

Did Mr. Holder do anything unethical or illegal?  Very unlikely.  More likely was that this was terrible judgement.  Janet Reno, Mr. Holder’s immediate boss as Attorney General, said most of the mistakes were made because of the rush for pardons at the end of Mr. Clinton’s term.  That makes Mr. Holder’s actions even worse.  In his rush to judgement, he permitted pardons of a man that actively supported Iran during the hostage crisis, and several known terrorists.  He should have assumed that the pardons were not possible until proven otherwise.

Mr. Holder must answer these questions before taking the Attorney General post.  It may not disqualify him, but it certainly leads to significant doubts about his judgement.

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