Ted Cruz: Eric Holder needs to resign for the DOJ’s “willingness to disregard the law”

posted at 7:21 pm on May 30, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Just a little real talk from the junior senator from Texas to round out your day, especially after that truly impressive display of lavish and metaphorical (?) praise heaped upon Attorney General Eric Holder by MSNBC that Allahpundit already highlighted. As Sen. Cruz opines, it’s getting harder and harder for the American people to maintain trust in the executive institution that is supposed to be ultimately responsible for the proper enforcement of the law when said institution is trampling all over said law right and left. The administration has managed to somewhat bury in legal proceedings the Fast & Furious scandal that initially gained Attorney General Eric Holder enough notoriety to glean calls for his resignation, not to mention, oh, just the contempt of Congress, that ol’ chestnut — but this latest batch of wildly questionable judgment calls is producing renewed criticisms from an even wider audience. The fact that Holder is once again finding himself in the hot seat over such a flagrant abuse directly administered by his department hardly helps to justify the claim that Eric Holder is merely a noble sufferer of the GOP’s hyper-partisan slings and arrows of outrageous political misfortune. Via Mediaite:

Well, I think that the conduct of the Justice Department does not inspire confidence. We have seen pattern after pattern with respect to the investigation of the media. We’ve seen the Department of Justice willing to seize the phone records, to seize the e-mails of this network, of the Associated Press, and by all appearances, the attorney general went before Congress, stated he had nothing to do with it — and now it’s become public that he did in fact have quite a bit to do with it. I think the attorney general needs to come forward and explain what the truth is and why he told Congress something different. … It’s unprecedented, and the degree of willingness of this administration to target a reporter for this network as an unindicted co-conspirator — I mean, that is without precedent, and unfortunately I think it’s part and parcel of a pattern from this administration of not respecting the Bill of Rights. Not respecting the First Amendment, not respecting the Second Amendment, not respecting our Fourth and Fifth Amendment rights regarding drone strikes, regarding the IRS. Over and over again, the pattern we’ve seen is an unfortunate willingness to use the machinery of the federal government as a tool, and a partisan tool, to punish those perceived as your political enemies. I think that’s really troubling, particularly when combined with a willingness to dissemble and to mislead the American people. … Yes [I think President Obama should ask for Eric Holder's resignation], absolutely, and I think the reason is this Department of Justice has demonstrated a willingness to disregard the law.


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You mean “Moses”?

SailorMark on May 30, 2013 at 7:23 PM

USA Today

Schadenfreude on May 30, 2013 at 7:25 PM

Thanks Ted, one gem in a box of rocks.

hillsoftx on May 30, 2013 at 7:25 PM

Political sabotage

Schadenfreude on May 30, 2013 at 7:26 PM

great post. Any guy with a name like that has got to be a cool dude…/

ted c on May 30, 2013 at 7:26 PM

Moar Cruz, pleeeeeze

crrr6 on May 30, 2013 at 7:27 PM

In the morning, Mourning Joe will be calling Cruz a racist.

Liam on May 30, 2013 at 7:28 PM

Is he easier, legally, procedurally, to take down in or out of office?

Axe on May 30, 2013 at 7:29 PM

Cruz is the anti-Hispanic who hates blacks and Spanish-speaking Hispanics.

The fact he speaks English is PROOF that he hates minorities.

Liam on May 30, 2013 at 7:30 PM

Ted Cruz And M Kelly. Cant beat that combo!

TX-96 on May 30, 2013 at 7:32 PM

Jan 2017 President Cruz!

neyney on May 30, 2013 at 7:32 PM

Well, maybe. What really needs to happen is for the Holder-Jarrett-Obama unholy trinity to be frog-marched to a newly constructed guillotine on the National Mall.

SouthernGent on May 30, 2013 at 7:33 PM

Well, maybe. What really needs to happen is for the Holder-Jarrett-Obama unholy trinity to be frog-marched to a newly constructed guillotine on the National Mall.

SouthernGent on May 30, 2013 at 7:33 PM

Guillotines are expensive.

Stout hemp rope is much cheaper.

Liam on May 30, 2013 at 7:35 PM

Good for Cruz going through the Bill of Rights. He could have thrown in Amendments 8 and 10 for good measure.

I mean, that is without precedent, and unfortunately I think it’s part and parcel of a pattern from this administration of not respecting the Bill of Rights.

Of course, this statement, in and of itself and one I think wouldn’t be too difficult to prove, means that there’s not a member of the Obama administration—working in the WH, at Cabinet level, and in the top tier under Cabinet members—who hasn’t violated his oath of office of protecting and defending the Constitution from all enemies foreign and domestic.

INC on May 30, 2013 at 7:36 PM

I will not be satisfied until half of this criminal organization is sitting in jail I am tired of this crap!!!!!!!!

retiredeagle on May 30, 2013 at 7:36 PM

SouthernGent on May 30, 2013 at 7:33 PM

Why do you think God made lampposts?

Liam on May 30, 2013 at 7:37 PM

…Moses Cruz!

KOOLAID2 on May 30, 2013 at 7:38 PM

How long until John McCain finds a camera and says “Eric Holder is the finest Attorney General that this country has ever had. And Ted Cruz is just a wacko bird. And.. damn, I think I just pooped ‘em.”

bofh on May 30, 2013 at 7:40 PM

Whew. Every now and then the wrong comments load. Anybody know why? It is very disorienting.

esr1951 on May 30, 2013 at 7:42 PM

Whew. Every now and then the wrong comments load. Anybody know why? It is very disorienting.

esr1951 on May 30, 2013 at 7:42 PM

That just happened to me. I refreshed the page, and the entire thread of comments was different. Then I went to the main page, reloaded this post, and I was back again.

INC on May 30, 2013 at 7:44 PM

bofh on May 30, 2013 at 7:40 PM

McCain is holding out for a bigger camera.

Liam on May 30, 2013 at 7:45 PM

Why do you think God made lampposts?

Liam on May 30, 2013 at 7:37 PM

For French hookers to lean against.

RickB on May 30, 2013 at 7:45 PM

And take your inscribed stone tablets with you!

Bishop on May 30, 2013 at 7:46 PM

Obama fundamentally transforms America into a Criminal Fascist State (a brief primer)

There was a time when the IRS acted against Al Capone. Now, under Obama, the IRS acts like Al Capone.

There was a time when the DOJ fought crime syndicates. Now, under Obama, the DOJ is a crime syndicate.

There was a time when the FBI investigated crime syndicates. Now, under Obama, the FBI investigates for a crime syndicate.

There was a time when the ATF stopped Gun Running Gangs. Now, under Obama, the ATF is a Gun Running Gang.

There was a time when the TSA protected women’s privacy at airports. Now, under Obama, the TSA inspects women’s privates at airports.

There was a time when the DOD left no man behind. Now, under Obama, every man has to watch his own behind.

There was a time when people in India dreamed of coming to America to get Health Care. Soon now, under Obama, people in America will dream of going to India to get Health Care.

VorDaj on May 30, 2013 at 7:46 PM

Ted Cruz is a shining ray of light cutting through all the dank and darkness that Obowma and his ilk have surrounded us with…

… He almost gives me hope that one day Justice will prevail.

Seven Percent Solution on May 30, 2013 at 7:48 PM

For French hookers to lean against.

RickB on May 30, 2013 at 7:45 PM

ROTFL

Good one!

Liam on May 30, 2013 at 7:48 PM

The comments from this thread loaded here when I refreshed the post.

http://hotair.com/archives/2013/05/30/state-dept-spokesperson-meh-we-havent-really-decided-if-were-going-to-comply-with-that-benghazi-subpoena

One things I noticed that except for a few references to Kerry and a focus on Benghazi, most of the comments would work here as well because Holder is involved in so many scandals.

That’s a statement on this administration.

INC on May 30, 2013 at 7:50 PM

As Sen. Cruz opines, it’s getting harder and harder for the American people to maintain trust in the executive institution

I thought Ted was smart. It’s getting harder and harder for the American people to maintrust in any of the branches of government. Congress hasn’t been great in their oversight role. The Judiciary decided to find a way to legitimize Obamacare.

Our great strength in government has always been checks and balances and that all seems to have gone by the wayside.

Happy Nomad on May 30, 2013 at 7:52 PM

McCain is holding out for a bigger camera.

Liam on May 30, 2013 at 7:45 PM

Now why does that put me in the mind of the famous scene from Sunset Boulevard where Norma Desmond talks about the fact that it was the cameras that got small? I paraphrase.

The reality is that McCain is one of those people who is aging and doesn’t understand the idea of making a graceful exit. John McCain has had a good run but it is time for him to leave the public stage. He is diminishing his own reputation with every one of these issues.

Happy Nomad on May 30, 2013 at 8:03 PM

Happy Nomad on May 30, 2013 at 8:03 PM

There is nothing graceful about McCain at all. Like all liberals, there is a high level of fury in the man, to the level of spite. McCain is the kind of liberal, like our trolls, who will happily feast in front of a starving family, and demand they be thankful for his crumbs and leftovers.

And, no — that family isn’t allowed to use his microwave to heat their food.

Want to see the real McCain? Look at our trolls.

Liam on May 30, 2013 at 8:12 PM

For those awaiting ‘decorum’ in lieu of fact, not likely.
Senator Cruz gets better by the day, no kidding.

‘wacko-birds’ are a breed.
and agreed.

mickytx on May 30, 2013 at 8:13 PM

INC, happy to see you here. Live, life.

mickytx on May 30, 2013 at 8:14 PM

Hey! Leave Erick alone (sob!)! Just because he’s politicized the DOJ doesn’t mean he deserves to be treated like Alberto R. Gonzales.

Or have the Democrats once again purged their memory banks?

GarandFan on May 30, 2013 at 8:19 PM

Liam on May 30, 2013 at 7:35 PM

Liam on May 30, 2013 at 7:37 PM

Careful. This is how we lost SWalker.

Barred on May 30, 2013 at 8:21 PM

Careful. This is how we lost SWalker.

Barred on May 30, 2013 at 8:21 PM

I stay within site guidelines. The trolls, on the other hand, are allowed by Management to get away with the harm they do and spew.

Liam on May 30, 2013 at 8:34 PM

mickytx on May 30, 2013 at 8:14 PM

Hey! Thank you.

INC on May 30, 2013 at 8:37 PM

if only do-worst had been elected, we’d have already had zero impeached and his minions tossed out on their ears. This Cruz fellow is not very impressive.

/

Lost in Jersey on May 30, 2013 at 8:56 PM

How long until John McCain finds a camera and says “Eric Holder is the finest Attorney General that this country has ever had. And Ted Cruz is just a wacko bird. And.. damn, I think I just pooped ‘em.”

bofh on May 30, 2013 at 7:40 PM

And Lindsay sashays up to Pop McCain and says “me too daddy, don’t you just hate those haters of a fine piece of black man”?

arnold ziffel on May 30, 2013 at 9:03 PM

Holder Band.

Bmore on May 30, 2013 at 9:14 PM

Whew. Every now and then the wrong comments load. Anybody know why? It is very disorienting.

esr1951 on May 30, 2013 at 7:42 PM

Whoever runs the server for this site needs to do some database management I think – a simple reboot would probably solve the problem, not that that would be the only way to resolve it.

Anti-Control on May 30, 2013 at 9:17 PM

Ted Cruz And M Kelly. Cant beat that combo!

TX-96 on May 30, 2013 at 7:32 PM

I could go for a Donald Rumsfeld & Martha MacCallum discussion anytime, too!

…Moses Cruz!

KOOLAID2 on May 30, 2013 at 7:38 PM

lol

Anti-Control on May 30, 2013 at 9:20 PM

#CruzToVictory

Pork-Chop on May 30, 2013 at 9:22 PM

I stay within site guidelines. The trolls, on the other hand, are allowed by Management to get away with the harm they do and spew.

Liam on May 30, 2013 at 8:34 PM

I’m still amazed (not really) that nonpartisan is still here after calling Arabs “ragheads.”

CurtZHP on May 30, 2013 at 9:44 PM

I’m still amazed (not really) that nonpartisan is still here after calling Arabs “ragheads.”

CurtZHP on May 30, 2013 at 9:44 PM

lol, you mean the little fella ain’t all bad?

arnold ziffel on May 30, 2013 at 9:47 PM

Now why does that put me in the mind of the famous scene from Sunset Boulevard where Norma Desmond talks about the fact that it was the cameras that got small? I paraphrase.

Happy Nomad on May 30, 2013 at 8:03 PM

Brrrrrr…. Just had a horrible chill thinking about McCain swaying into extreme close-focus, hands bordering face, filling the screen, and croaking ” Alright Mr. Ailes, I’m ready for my close-up.”. Ugh…

bofh on May 30, 2013 at 9:51 PM

Romney: Disappointment. Then Excitement! Then disappointment…

Rubio: Excitement! Then disappointment…

Rand Paul: Excitement! Then disappointment…

Ted Cruz: Excitement! Then more Excitement! Please don’t disappoint… You’re my final hope for the GOP.

(Don’t ask me about Sarah Palin. I’m still not sure what she’s planning.)

RoadRunner on May 30, 2013 at 11:12 PM

USA Today

Schadenfreude on May 30, 2013 at 7:25 PM

Good article. It’s hard to believe that USA Today is actually doing some journalism now. Perhaps some in the media now see that they are in an existential conflict with this regime, even though they could not have helped them more to attain this level of hegemony.

virgo on May 31, 2013 at 1:22 AM

Interesting that Congressman are coming alive when there’s an election on the horizon otherwise we’d never hear a peep. Five years of fraud in the White House, enough scandals to serve a third world power and now the screams from the politicians wondering why Americans are ignoring them with their grand schemes of cleaning up the government.

mixplix on May 31, 2013 at 7:03 AM

The man perpetrated 3 Felony counts of Perjury under Fast-&-Furious, was spared jail time because his own DOJ refused to press charges, & winded up being the 1st Atty Gen to ever be Censured in U.S. History.

He disregarded the Constitution & again perpetrated a Felony count of Perjury before Congress, totally disrespecting them by doing so as well….

and STILL not ONE person/politician has the b@lls to mention the words ‘CRIME’ or ‘JAIL TIME’! Americans should be flamin’ OUTRAGED, knowing darn well that if it was one of us to do so we would be in handcuffs and on the way to jail before we ever got to the chamber doors to exit!

easyt65 on May 31, 2013 at 7:44 AM

Eric Holder needs to resign for the DOJ’s “willingness to disregard the law

For the same reason, we also need the resignation of the heads of IRS, HHS, TSA, and a host of others in this corrupt administration…including Obama.

landlines on May 31, 2013 at 9:17 AM