If you were to grab a copy of Merriam-Webster and look up the definition of chutzpah, it wouldn’t be at all surprising if the entry simply read, “See Obama Administration officials, former.” Case in point, I still remember the hearty laugh I got when I saw Susan Rice’s 2017 op-ed on Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office, entitled “When the White House twists the truth, we are all less safe.” This from the person who was front and center in blaming the deaths of four Americans in the Benghazi attacks on a YouTube video? Even the characters in a Joss Whedon show would keel over from that much irony.
Not to be outdone, chaps like Ben “Echo Chamber” Rhodes have also been keeping the tradition alive with his tweets critiquing Trump’s foreign policy, while Hillary ”I Traveled a Million Miles” Clinton has been cashing in those frequent flyer points and proving to foreign audiences that she hasn’t lost her knack for turning them off the same way she turned off the American voter. Nobody, however, can compete with the man who was, outside of Valerie Jarrett, quite possibly Barack Obama’s closest confidante—his partner in crime, if you will, responsible for carrying out some of the seamier aspects of the White House agenda.
We are, of course, referring to none other than the former attorney general, one Eric Himpton Holder, Jr.
Holder, the man who brought us the Fast & Furious gun walking operation, which resulted in the death of Border Patrol agent BrIan Terry and countless Mexcian citizens. Holder, the man who signed off on search warrant for Fox News reporter James Rosen’s emails because his boss wanted to plug some inconvenient leaks to the press. And Holder, the man who stonewalled Congress for months and even got held in contempt for refusing to cooperate with investigators looking into the shenanigans going on at his Justice Department. In case you missed all the drama of the No-Drama Obama Administration, Holder would like everyone to know that he’s back, and just as feisty as ever.
Former Attorney General Eric Holder says that Attorney General Jeff Sessions needs to “have the guts” to say no to President Trump.
You don’t say.
Holder criticized Sessions at an event at Georgetown University on Monday, days after Sessions fired former deputy FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, who had been a subject of frequent criticism from Trump.
You mean the same Andrew McCabe whom the DOJ’s inspector general—appointed during the Obama administration, by the way—recommended firing for misconduct, because he leaked to the press and then lied to the IG about it? Yeah, I‘d say that would earn you some frequent criticism.
“It may be that at the end of the day … [McCabe's] termination is appropriate," Holder said. "But you know, you don’t rush that component of it to meet a deadline that I think the president essentially set.”
“You're the attorney general of the United States. You run the damn Justice Department. You know? And you’ve got to have the guts to look at the president every now and again and say 'no,'" he continued.
Man, is that ever rich coming from the likes of Holder. Marc Rich, to be precise. Remember him? He’s the fugitive financier who got a pardon from Bill Clinton in the last days of his administration—coincidentally, right after Rich’s ex-wife Denise made a $450,000 donation to the Clinton Library. The quid pro quo was so obvious that even the Washington Post called the timing into question. Of a certain DOJ official who signed off on the pardon, the Post also wrote:
It suggests that Holder, whatever his other qualifications, could not say no to power.
Ever hear that story about stones and glass houses, Eric? Now might be a good time to read up on it.