Report: Holder committed to staying on as Attorney General through the midterms

posted at 12:41 pm on April 25, 2014 by Allahpundit

Through the midterms — but not necessarily through the end of the year.

Why would Democrats want people to know that Holder won’t be stepping down before voters go to the polls? Hmmmm.

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. has decided to stay in his job through the fall midterm elections but he will not commit beyond the end of the year, according to Justice Department officials familiar with his plans…

A medical scare in February added to the sense that Holder’s departure might be imminent. During a staff meeting, he felt faint and was taken by ambulance to a hospital where he was treated for an elevated heart rate. Holder told close friends that it was “spooky” and that he felt like it was a “sign” that he should spend more time with his family.

But Justice Department officials and others close to Holder, 63, said that several initiatives he has cared about deeply for a long time are underway, and that he is not in a hurry to leave…

Holder has indicated that he does not want to remain attorney general through President Obama’s second term.

He told the New Yorker in February that he planned on staying “well into 2014,” which the magazine took as a hint that he’d be gone before New Year’s. (The DOJ disputed that.) The reason Dems might want him out sooner rather than later is obvious: If/when they lose the Senate, confirming new cabinet members becomes much harder — and hardest of all will be confirming someone to replace the GOP’s least favorite administration official. If he quits now, Reid can ram someone new through without difficulty. That’s also why some lefties are eager for Ginsburg and Breyer to step down from the Supreme Court this summer.

On the other hand, if Holder quits now, it’ll hand the GOP a platform to revisit his various fark-ups right in the middle of a congressional campaign — Fast & Furious, spying on the press, refusing to turn over documents, the contempt charge in the House, and so forth. It’ll also be seen by Democratic incumbents as a sign that the White House really does think the Senate’s going to fall in November. That’s a bad message to send when O’s busy trying to convince them to run on ObamaCare, and it’s unduly pessimistic given that Obama’s job approval has rebounded (a little) and at least one statistical model gives Democrats a 51 percent chance of holding the Senate. So Holder, it seems, is going to compromise on the timeline. To show confidence that the party will hold onto at least 50 seats this fall, he’s postponing his resignation until after the vote. But maybe not long after the vote — if he resigned the day after election day, I suppose it’s possible that Reid could try to confirm a replacement during the lame-duck session. Michael Mukasey, for instance, was confirmed as AG less than two months after he was nominated by Bush. Would Reid be willing to keep the Senate in session late into December, though? Could he do it even if he wanted to given inevitable attempts by the GOP to delay?

As for replacements, Deval Patrick’s name has been mentioned for years. His term as governor of Massachusetts ends at the end of this year and he’s not running for reelection so there’s no dilemma about him quitting one high-profile job to take another. If he’s the pick, that might also help explain why the White House is in no rush to push Holder out. Patrick has prior DOJ experience as the head of the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division and he’s the twice-elected first black chief executive of one of the original 13 states; O might figure, probably rightly, that there won’t be 51 votes to oppose someone with that background even in a GOP-controlled Senate. Another possibility if it’s not Patrick is Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York (a.k.a. Manhattan) who’s known for prosecuting insider-trading cases. O might dare the GOP to Bork him knowing that, if they do, Democrats can try to turn it into a “they’re defending Wall Street fatcats!” narrative. They’re constantly looking for income-inequality angles to run on; if they could turn a confirmation hearing into some sort of referendum on that, they’d be happy.


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Heh!

Holder isn’t going anywhere. He and his wife just dropped a couple million on a penthouse condo in downtown DC.

Happy Nomad on April 25, 2014 at 12:44 PM

The old “spend more time with my family” excuse. Who cares as long as he is GONE!

Tater Salad on April 25, 2014 at 12:45 PM

He will leave the office a few months prior to the end of Obama’s term – just in time for a presidential pardon.

Rix on April 25, 2014 at 12:45 PM

Hey, being a Criminal in our Governemnt is Hard work!!

ToddPA on April 25, 2014 at 12:46 PM

A medical scare in February added to the sense that Holder’s departure might be imminent. During a staff meeting, he felt faint and was taken by ambulance to a hospital where he was treated for an elevated heart rate. Holder told close friends that it was “spooky” and that he felt like it was a “sign” that he should spend more time with his family.

Maybe he should be taking it as a sign that he should stop breaking the law.

Bitter Clinger on April 25, 2014 at 12:48 PM

Eric Holder ==> Jail.

Barack Obama ==> Jail.

Valerie Jarrett ==> Jail.

Susan Rice ==> Jail.

Give us a Tea Party President and control of the House and Senate and watch as we put these criminals in jail.

Straight up.

chuckh on April 25, 2014 at 12:48 PM

Holder’s in a tough spot. His family doesn’t want to spend time with HIM.

jangle12 on April 25, 2014 at 12:49 PM

obama needs his capo.

Schadenfreude on April 25, 2014 at 12:50 PM

Reid needs his capo.

Schadenfreude on April 25, 2014 at 12:51 PM

Unexpectedly….

workingclass artist on April 25, 2014 at 12:51 PM

Holder is a thug, who covers up for the thugs of the land.

Schadenfreude on April 25, 2014 at 12:51 PM

Holder committed

Has a nice ring to it.

Bmore on April 25, 2014 at 12:51 PM

he’s the twice-elected first black chief executive of one of the original 13 states

Douglas Wilder would like to have a word with you.

Mark1971 on April 25, 2014 at 12:52 PM

If he refused to ever leave, he would make him?

ShainS on April 25, 2014 at 12:52 PM

Sorry. Committed may not mean what I was thinking it meant. Committed.

Bmore on April 25, 2014 at 12:54 PM

If he refused to ever leave, he who would make him?

ShainS on April 25, 2014 at 12:52 PM

FIFM

ShainS on April 25, 2014 at 12:54 PM

Mark1971 on April 25, 2014 at 12:52 PM

Nice.

bernzright777 on April 25, 2014 at 12:55 PM

Another possibility if it’s not Patrick is Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York (a.k.a. Manhattan) who’s known for prosecuting insider-trading cases. O might dare the GOP to Bork him knowing that, if they do, Democrats can try to turn it into a “they’re defending Wall Street fatcats!” narrative.

How about prosecuting the insider trading going on by congresscritters? Oh, that’s right. It’s legal.

butch on April 25, 2014 at 12:56 PM

From one Chuck to another, ChuckH nails it. These guys are constitutional criminals – Holder’s imperial attitude will go over well in jail – Bubba will enjoy it – Squeal baby, squeal.

Er .. sorry. Got carried away there. But I feel so much better.

Chuck Ef on April 25, 2014 at 12:56 PM

Douglas Wilder would like to have a word with you.

Mark1971 on April 25, 2014 at 12:52 PM

Wilder was only elected once.

Bitter Clinger on April 25, 2014 at 1:02 PM

Wilder was only elected once.

Bitter Clinger on April 25, 2014 at 1:02 PM

Yes, I know. So what?

Mark1971 on April 25, 2014 at 1:03 PM

Holder will stay in and run flack for Obama as long as he can. Never before has there been such a corrupt Attorney General in office as this clown. His only job is to make sure Obama’s criminal incompetence goes unpunished.

Obamalies on April 25, 2014 at 1:03 PM

He will resign immediately after the midterms, and Obama will try to railroad his successor in during the lame-duck session.

Whether or not the GOP allows such an action will tell you whether they’ve changed at all.
Remember DADT got repealed because a bunch of GOPiers wanted to pass it knowing they wouldn’t be able to after the new post-2010 House was seated.
But before they did they had spent weeks telling everybody how no new legislation would pass during the Lame duck and that they’d respect the wishes of the electorate.

MWC_RS on April 25, 2014 at 1:03 PM

The guy is so crooked and criminal he’s afraid even a Democrat will have to come after him for something. Easier just to stay in office and keep shredding.

forest on April 25, 2014 at 1:04 PM

Holder committed to staying on as Attorney General through the midterms

….Why?…JugEars can’t find anybody who could be worse?

KOOLAID2 on April 25, 2014 at 1:05 PM

Holder isn’t going anywhere. He is the reason that Obama is still in office. He’s the gatekeeper keeping “his people” in the forefront of lawlessness. Why should he give that up? No one does it better.

BetseyRoss on April 25, 2014 at 1:05 PM

1000 Days

Bmore on April 25, 2014 at 1:06 PM

Deval Patrick

Careful what you wish for….

vlad martel on April 25, 2014 at 1:07 PM

I don’t see how he can leave until right before the very end, just in time for a pardon as Rix says.

He has his fingers in too many scandal dikes to walk away, and he is personally responsible for a great deal of the criminality he is hiding. Confirmation hearings for a new AG would be a circus and a disaster for Obama and the Democrats and a new AG who complied with Congressional subpoenas would be equally disastrous. A nominee of Holder’s ilk, willing to defy Congressional subpoenas, FOIA requests, and generally stonewall all the various corruption investigations would be a pretty hard sell; even with Reid behind the wheel in the Senate, I don’t see how they avoid revisiting every scandal Holder is concealing, every subpoena he has defied, and his corrupt politicization of the DOJ. Holder needs to stay until the end to man the barricades, and then destroy as much evidence as possible before he goes.

When the stonewalling ends and the truth about what Obama and Holder have been doing comes out, a tsunami of outrage will sweep the country. Ok, the country minus some hard-core Democrat tools and the AA community. Obama doesn’t want that to happen before he himself is ready to walk out the door of the White House.

novaculus on April 25, 2014 at 1:07 PM

Holder isn’t going anywhere. He and his wife just dropped a couple million on a penthouse condo in downtown DC.

Happy Nomad on April 25, 2014 at 12:44 PM

But didn’t he live in DC before becoming AG? Just because he’s not leaving DC doesn’t mean he’s not leaving the WH. Maybe the condo $ was part of a golden parachute.

Missy on April 25, 2014 at 1:07 PM

he’s the twice-elected first black chief executive of one of the original 13 states

Douglas Wilder would like to have a word with you.

Mark1971 on April 25, 2014 at 12:52 PM

Doug Wilder was only elected governor once (VA doesn’t allow two consecutive terms). BUT Wilder was also the nation’s first black governor of any state.

Happy Nomad on April 25, 2014 at 1:07 PM

This is incorrect: “he’s the twice-elected first black chief executive of one of the original 13 states”

This would’ve been correct: “he’s the first twice-elected black chief executive of one of the original 13 states”

Mark1971 on April 25, 2014 at 1:09 PM

But didn’t he live in DC before becoming AG? Just because he’s not leaving DC doesn’t mean he’s not leaving the WH. Maybe the condo $ was part of a golden parachute.

Missy on April 25, 2014 at 1:07 PM

True enough. My point was simply that it seems improbable he’s planning his exit at the same time he’s buying a new house.

Happy Nomad on April 25, 2014 at 1:10 PM

This is incorrect: “he’s the twice-elected first black chief executive of one of the original 13 states”

This would’ve been correct: “he’s the first twice-elected black chief executive of one of the original 13 states”

Mark1971 on April 25, 2014 at 1:09 PM

I’ll grant you that.

Bitter Clinger on April 25, 2014 at 1:11 PM

More raacists…

Holder cancels appearance in OKC amid angry protests

Drained Brain on April 25, 2014 at 1:16 PM

Of course he is. no one in their right mind would hire him.

sadatoni on April 25, 2014 at 1:17 PM

OMG! Drudge has a link to a countdown clock to mark the fact that we’re at a mere 1000 more days before the lazy stupid rat-eared wonder leaves office.

Happy Nomad on April 25, 2014 at 1:20 PM

Bmore on April 25, 2014

…I almost missed the ‘Retirement Archetype’ on the Bonehead thread!…that!…would have been more appropriate and should have been the leading picture to that laughable thread…

KOOLAID2 on April 25, 2014 at 1:21 PM

Of course he is. no one in their right mind would hire him.

sadatoni on April 25, 2014 at 1:17 PM

…he’ll be sitting on 57 different corporate boards making a million bucks on each one for not attending meetings…he has IOU’s everywhere in this corrupt administration!

KOOLAID2 on April 25, 2014 at 1:24 PM

DOJ Pardon Atty. Quits as Obama Plans to Free Thousands of Drug Convicts

Someone with scruples and ethics was still working at the DOJ?

Who knew?

novaculus on April 25, 2014 at 1:41 PM

No doubt this move is about the administration pivoting to the center politically to help ensure the next president is a democrat.

KickandSwimMom on April 25, 2014 at 1:45 PM

How’s that final solution coming along?

rhombus on April 25, 2014 at 1:48 PM

Holder will have to stay long enough to be sure that voting rights are restored to the 200,000 felons Obama is going to release prior to the midterms.

Yankee Doodle on April 25, 2014 at 1:50 PM

Um, AP, that NYT link shows Republicans with a 51% chance of gaining a majority…

spinach.chin on April 25, 2014 at 1:56 PM

Eventually, everyone goes under the bus.

I am kind of thinking that Michelle is going to be the last man standing.

percysunshine on April 25, 2014 at 1:57 PM

Happy Nomad on April 25, 2014 at 1:20 PM

God Bless Matt Drudge!

Newtie and the Beauty on April 25, 2014 at 1:57 PM

percysunshine on April 25, 2014 at 1:57 PM

There’s been divorce rumours about those two since before the Dem convention in 2008. I doubt zero and Moochelle’s connubial bliss can be foisted upon us much longer–it’s already shredding…

Newtie and the Beauty on April 25, 2014 at 1:58 PM

rhombus on April 25, 2014 at 1:48 PM

Which one would that be? I’ve got a 14%, a 21%, a 35%…

Newtie and the Beauty on April 25, 2014 at 2:00 PM

As Margaret Thatcher once pointed out;

‘The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of people to throw under the bus.’

(ok, I paraphrased that a bit)

percysunshine on April 25, 2014 at 2:03 PM

Only reason I voted for Romney was to try and get rid of the lawless Holder. Not that Romney was promising to be much better with his campaign promise to grant illegal Obamacare waivers. The executive branch, including all of the Departments, should have to actually follow the law, as written by Congress. Don’t like it? Congress should change it. Otherwise, we’re on the slippery slope to banana republic tyranny.

besser tot als rot on April 25, 2014 at 2:10 PM

OMG! Drudge has a link to a countdown clock to mark the fact that we’re at a mere 1000 more days before the lazy stupid rat-eared wonder leaves office.

Happy Nomad on April 25, 2014 at 1:20 PM

What makes you think he will leave?

Del Dolemonte on April 25, 2014 at 2:32 PM

What makes you think he will leave?

Del Dolemonte on April 25, 2014 at 2:32

As I posted above, I believe Holder will leave in order for Obama to put a moderate AG in office in an effort to pivot to the center politically to help ensure a democrat gets elected to the presidency in 2016.

KickandSwimMom on April 25, 2014 at 2:38 PM

I read the first two words (Holder committed) and thought Great Days, but then saw that there was more and that we’ve got to put up with this putz for at least 7 more months.

Another Drew on April 25, 2014 at 2:45 PM

Holder is beyond brazen. The damage he’s done to the rule of law is incalculable, but he plays the victim. If he really believes that, he’s certified.

Didn’t he appear before Gohmert’s committee recently and say something like, “I categorically reject any evidence which disproves my assertion I had no knowledge of rogue operations authorized at the highest levels of the DOJ, buddy.” Well, maybe that’s not the exact phrasing, but it’s Holderish.

Lucian1944 on April 25, 2014 at 2:54 PM

Lying and cheating is hard on one’s health…

d1carter on April 25, 2014 at 3:19 PM

But Justice Department officials and others close to Holder, 63, said that several initiatives he has cared about deeply for a long time are underway, and that he is not in a hurry to leave…

That’s a pretty terrifying sentence. I wonder what he has in store for us next? October surprises?

slickwillie2001 on April 25, 2014 at 3:53 PM

Heh!

Holder isn’t going anywhere. He and his wife just dropped a couple million on a penthouse condo in downtown DC.

Happy Nomad on April 25, 2014 at 12:44 PM

Is the Holder family still running the abortion warehouse in Atlanta?

slickwillie2001 on April 25, 2014 at 3:55 PM

But Justice Department officials and others close to Holder, 63, said that several initiatives he has cared about deeply for a long time are underway, and that he is not in a hurry to leave…

Yeah. Do you have any idea how it takes to shred 6 years of documents?

But, since he already has a full presidential pardon tucked away in his office safe, what does he care?

BobMbx on April 25, 2014 at 3:59 PM

I’m so relieved.

crankyoldlady on April 25, 2014 at 4:04 PM

Report: Holder committed to staying on as Attorney General through the midterms

Gotta keep those coverups going until the election is over?

There Goes the Neighborhood on April 25, 2014 at 4:12 PM

Holder needs to stay until after the elections. Got to have someone at DOJ to keep the cover-ups going.

GarandFan on April 25, 2014 at 5:08 PM

Racist jerk.

Murphy9 on April 25, 2014 at 5:54 PM

Another possibility if it’s not Patrick is Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York (a.k.a. Manhattan) who’s known for prosecuting insider-trading cases.

Bharara was Schumer’s counsel back when his boss was taking down Alberto Gonzales and transforming the replacement of nine presidentially-appointed U.S. Attorneys into a Bush pseudo-scandal. So naturally he’d be confirmed with near-unanimous Republican support, because that’s just how those savvy political players roll.

Farragut Jones on April 25, 2014 at 5:57 PM

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. has decided to stay in his job through the fall midterm elections

Ulsterman’s “Washington Insider”(snicker) hardest hit.

xblade on April 25, 2014 at 6:14 PM

Come on….
You people need to be consistent
on this thread everybody wants Holder gone, but on the NRA thread people want access to more and better guns…..remember Holder is the architect of Fast and Furious where 2000+ guns were put on the street (Mexican street, but that’s a minor detail)
Not only sporting guns but FULL AUTO military hardware…….what could be better

Peace through strength

Weiner_Holder on April 25, 2014 at 6:49 PM

He is NEVER leaving.He is obamas ace in the hole.He is staying at the Hotel Obama to the last minute to protect and serve Obama.

tim c on April 25, 2014 at 7:23 PM

Has anyone ever seen Stedman Graham..The Oprah’s “honey” in the same room at the same time with Holder??

Xango Annie on April 25, 2014 at 10:17 PM

Never forget that all the pernicious stuff that Obama keeps around is made possible by the democrats in the Senate. They are the body guards of all the lies and they have to be voted out.

Chessplayer on April 26, 2014 at 11:03 AM