Former attorney general Eric Holder lashed out at a journalist on Twitter Thursday, calling him and “obvious loser” and telling him to “shut the hell up.”
“Why don’t you shut the hell up. Your bias is showing,” Holder fumed at RealClearInvestigations and New York Post reporter Paul Sperry. “I bet you’ve never been a prosecutor or have any idea how DOJ works. People like you-who want to use the justice system for political reasons-are both dangerous and ignorant. The case was-like you-an obvious loser,” he tweeted.
Why don’t you shut the hell up. Your bias is showing. I bet you’ve never been a prosecutor or have any idea how DOJ works. People like you-who want to use the justice system for political reasons-are both dangerous and ignorant. The case was-like you-an obvious loser. https://t.co/MdOq8u78Yy
— Eric Holder (@EricHolder) February 19, 2020
Holder was responding to Sperry’s tweet about Assistant U.S. Attorney Molly Gaston, an attorney in the Washington D.C. office’s fraud and public corruption section.
Gaston is one of the attorneys who relayed the letter to former deputy attorney general Andrew McCabe’s legal team informing them that the DOJ would not pursue criminal charges in case against McCabe.
The decision frustrated conservatives who have watched in despair as deep state malefactors seem to escape justice while Trump associates get the book thrown at them for committing similar offenses.
DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz released a report on McCabe’s misconduct in April of 2018, alleging that he lied to his boss at the time, then-FBI director James Comey, his fellow agents, and the Inspector General himself. McCabe also tried to cast blame on colleagues for his orchestrated press leak to the Wall Street Journal. Horowitz referred the case to federal prosecutors.
It should have been a slam dunk.
Here is a timeline of McCabe’s lies courtesy of the Washington Times:
⦁ Told Mr. Comey on Oct. 31, 2016, that he didn’t approve the leak.
⦁ Denied to FBI agents on May 9, 2017, under oath that he had authorized the October 2016 leak.
⦁ Told the inspector general in July 28, 2017, that he was not aware that Ms. Page was authorized to leak to The Journal.
⦁ Told the inspector general on Nov. 29, 2017, under oath three alleged lies: He acknowledged that he had authorized the leak and contended that he never issued a denial to FBI internal affairs on May 9; he told Mr. Comey that he, Mr. McCabe, had approved the leak; and he said FBI internal affairs agents asked him about the Journal disclosure only as an afterthought as they were leaving his office.
One of the agents who interviewed Mr. McCabe in May 2017 was not happy that his boss spread blame to others for something the deputy director had done.
The agent told the inspector general: “I remember saying to him, at, I said, sir, you understand that we put a lot of work into this based on what you’ve told us. I mean, and I even said, long nights and weekends working on this, trying to find out who amongst your ranks of trusted people would, would do something like that. And he kind of just looked down, kind of nodded, and said, ‘Yeah, I’m sorry.’ “
Meanwhile, former national security adviser Michael Flynn is still fighting to stay out of jail for lying to federal agents, a crime no one thinks he actually committed.
Perhaps as a way to explain why the troubling double standard, Sperry pointed out that Gaston, like most federal attorneys, is a partisan Democrat who’s donated thousands of dollars to Democrats. She also previously worked for Democrat side of House Oversight Committee as well, Sperry said.
Holder’s harsh retort prompted many conservatives to reminisce about the bad old days when he considered himself Obama’s “wingman” at the DOJ. The former AG made the “wingman” comment in April of 2013, nearly a year after he had been held in Contempt of Congress by House Republicans for refusing to turn over documents related to the ATF’s criminal and deadly Fast and Furious fiasco.
The first ever AG to be held in contempt of Congress for hiding documents detailing his illegal efforts to run guns to violent Mexican drug cartels is now threatening reporters and telling them to shut up. https://t.co/dBuwJ02ZEB
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) February 20, 2020
When asked during a radio interview whether he would soon be leaving the administration, the scandal plagued AG brushed off the question and professed his allegiance to the deeply partisan left-wing ideologue Obama.
“I’m still enjoying what I’m doing, there’s still work to be done. I’m still the President’s wing-man, so I’m there with my boy. So we’ll see,” the nation’s chief law enforcement officer said.
In December, Obama’s former “wingman” had the unmitigated gall to write in a Washington Post oped that Attorney General William Barr was “unfit to lead the Justice Department” because he had “…taken actions that are so plainly ideological, so nakedly partisan and so deeply inappropriate.”
But in reality, Holder proved over and over throughout his disgraceful tenure that he is the one who was unfit for office.
In addition to the Fast and Furious scandal, Obama’s wingman will forever be remembered as a race-baiting corruptocrat who helped weaponize the IRS against conservatives, prosecuted more whistleblowers than all his predecessors combined, spied on reporters, and repeatedly lied to congress.
Investor’s Business Daily in May of 2013 counted at least four times Holder had lied to Congress, starting with his shamelessly deceitful House testimony about the New Black Panther voter suppression case.
People have forgotten about the New Black Panther case, perhaps the most clear-cut case of voter suppression and intimidation ever. On Election Day 2008, New Black Panther Party members in military garb were videotaped intimidating voters outside a Philadelphia polling place.
The slam-dunk prosecution of these thugs was dropped by Holder’s Justice Department. When asked why, Holder, on March 1, 2011, testified before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies that the “decisions made in the New Black Panther Party case were made by career attorneys in the department.”
Holder lied, for the decisions were made by political appointees. J. Christian Adams, a former career DOJ attorney in the Voting Rights Section, testified before the U.S. Civil Rights Commission that it was Associate Attorney General Thomas Perrelli, an Obama political appointee, who overruled a unanimous recommendation for prosecution by Adams and his associates.
Documents obtained by Judicial Watch and a ruling by Judge Reggie B. Walton of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in response to a suit brought by the group show 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.”
Fast forward to Fast and Furious, the Obama administration’s program to “walk” guns across the border and into the hands of Mexican drug cartels in furtherance of its gun control agenda.
“When did you first know about the program officially I believe called Fast and Furious? To the best of your knowledge, what date?” House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa asked Holder in sworn testimony on May 3, 2011. “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,” was Holder’s response.
Holder lied: A July 2010 memo shows Michael Walther, head of the National Drug Intelligence Center, told Holder that straw buyers in Fast and Furious “are responsible for the purchase of 1,500 firearms that were then supplied to the Mexican drug trafficking cartels.”
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith, R-Texas, said other documents indicate Holder began receiving weekly briefings on the program from the National Drug Intelligence Center on or before that date.
In an exchange with Sen. Pat Leahy on Nov. 8, 2011, Holder admitted his May 3 testimony was inaccurate when he said he knew about Fast and Furious for a “few weeks.” He later changed that to a “couple months.”
But the memo from Walther referring to Fast and Furious in detail was sent directly to Holder on July 5, 2010 — not a “couple months” before he testified in May.
No surprise then on May 15, 2013, before the House Judiciary Committee, Holder lied when he said: “In regard to potential prosecution of the press for the disclosure of material, this is not something I’ve been involved in, heard of, or would think would be wise policy.”
He personally signed off on James Rosen’s warrant. Holder’s defenders say the statement is technically correct because he never meant to prosecute Rosen, only to find the leaker. If so, then he lied to a federal judge.
Similarly, Holder’s testimony to the House Judiciary Committee that he had recused himself from the Associated Press leak investigation that led to the blanket seizure of call records is not backed up by a formal recusal letter, which is required under such circumstances.
The day he stepped down from office should have been celebrated by every American who respects the rule of law.
Holder is one of the more loathsome and corrupt swamp creatures to slither out of the DC cesspool so it’s no surprise that Obama’s wingman would come forward in such a deranged way to deride a journalist just for doing his job.