Ted Cruz: If Holder won’t appoint a special prosecutor for the IRS scandal, he should be impeached

posted at 6:01 pm on June 26, 2014 by Allahpundit

Via the Free Beacon. Alternate headline: “He’s running.”

His staff tipped NRO earlier this afternoon to the fact that he’d be introducing this resolution, and now here it is:

“When an Attorney General mocks the rule of law, when an Attorney General corrupts the Department of Justice by conducting a nakedly partisan investigation to cover up political wrongdoing that conduct by any reasonable measure constitutes high crimes and misdemeanors,” said Cruz. “Attorney General Eric Holder has the opportunity to do the right thing. He could appoint a special prosecutor with meaningful independence who is not a major Obama donor.”

The donor Cruz is referring to is Justice Department prosecutor Barbara Bosserman, who has given $6,750 to the Democratic Party and President Obama over the past ten years, according to the Washington Post. Bosserman has been chosen to lead the Justice Department probe into the IRS.

Why impeach Holder instead of Obama? Because, I guess, it’s more politically salable. Impeach O and the electorate will blow up, with unpredictable results in November. That’s not a move you make if your party’s cruising towards some big wins. Impeaching Holder, or the IRS officials responsible for the apparent cover up, is less risky. Liberals will get mad but conservatives will be happy and people in the middle won’t care much, so maybe it’s a wash at the polls. He’ll be acquitted by the Democratic majority in the Senate too, of course, so there’s no chance of him actually being removed from office. Best-case scenario is that he decides he’s tired of fighting with Republicans and decides to step down voluntarily so that Dems aren’t forced to spend two months defending the IRS on camera. But that’s not Holder’s style. He’d fight and he’d win, his hackish incuriosity about the conveniently missing IRS e-mails (despite a $4.4 billion IT budget!) notwithstanding. What then?

This reminds me a little of the “defund” effort, actually, insofar as Cruz is encouraging the House to do something bold knowing he hasn’t a prayer of getting the Democratic Senate to play along. If they take his advice and impeach Holder, great. He can take credit among righties for having introduced the idea, regardless of what happens in the Senate. If they decline to impeach Holder, great. That just proves his point that Congress needs more principled conservatives in charge of both chambers. I assume it’s no coincidence that he’s introducing this the day after Boehner announced that the House will sue Obama for executive overreach. Lawsuits are all well and good, but only a squish would run to the courts for relief when he has it in his institutional power to remove an offending executive branch official himself. Republicans want bold colors, as Cruz is fond of saying, not pale pastels.


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Let’s see if that happens even if the GOP gets control of the Senate. Too many shortd-icks in the GOPe.

Ward Cleaver on June 26, 2014 at 6:04 PM

Do it!

rplat on June 26, 2014 at 6:05 PM

I wish!! I love the Cruz missile tho!!

JAM on June 26, 2014 at 6:06 PM

Why impeach Holder instead of Obama?

Why not both?

Boom!

Fallon on June 26, 2014 at 6:06 PM

I vote hell yeah.

Naturally Curly on June 26, 2014 at 6:08 PM

with the precedent being set in Mississippi for the GOP to team up with dems, I expect Cruz to be challenged by Cornyn/Tx GOP and team up with liberal hispanics to do so.

This flooding of young hispanics into Texas isn’t by accident. It’s the seeds being planted to turn Texas blue.

portlandon on June 26, 2014 at 6:08 PM

Someone DO SOMETHING!

vityas on June 26, 2014 at 6:09 PM

Bring all points to bare. Long overdue.

Bmore on June 26, 2014 at 6:09 PM

FINALLY

John the Libertarian on June 26, 2014 at 6:09 PM

Alternate headline: “He’s running.” “He’s DOING HIS JOB.”

But yes, let’s hope that he runs as well.

Pork-Chop on June 26, 2014 at 6:10 PM

He’s right. What other choice does the GOP have if they’re sincere(as they claim) about getting to the bottom of the IRS scandal? They want a special prosecutor. Holder has to appoint one. Holder refuses to do so. Logically, the only option left is to either scare Holder into doing so or attempt to force him out as Attorney General.

Doughboy on June 26, 2014 at 6:10 PM

If Cruz does not run for POTUS, may he find himself instead Senate Majority Leader.

Bmore on June 26, 2014 at 6:11 PM

Sounds good. Start with Holder and go after other corrupt Obama officials. Leave Obama alone though. Just go after his henchmen and women.

darwin on June 26, 2014 at 6:11 PM

Took long enough.

Aizen on June 26, 2014 at 6:12 PM

I agree

rob verdi on June 26, 2014 at 6:13 PM

Is this what Treason looks like Senator Cruz?

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/06/26/Obama-Working-With-DHS-For-Executive-Action-On-Illegal-Immigration

I don’t think Holder is worried.

His boss is God.

PappyD61 on June 26, 2014 at 6:14 PM

Impeach Holder. I like this Ted Cruz guy.

magicbeans on June 26, 2014 at 6:16 PM

Nice Back Swing ya have there Theodore … how’s your FOLLOW THROUGH.

Missilengr on June 26, 2014 at 6:17 PM

See John, this is how it’s done. Not with your silly lawsuit bullshit.

Midas on June 26, 2014 at 6:18 PM

Tlaloc cautions restraint, there might be some guy on an obscure tea party forum somewhere who makes a black joke about Holder and then it’s all over. ALL OVER, MAN!

Bishop on June 26, 2014 at 6:19 PM

I’m all in with Ted on this.

tim c on June 26, 2014 at 6:20 PM

with the precedent being set in Mississippi for the GOP to team up with dems, I expect Cruz to be challenged by Cornyn/Tx GOP and team up with liberal hispanics to do so.

This flooding of young hispanics into Texas isn’t by accident. It’s the seeds being planted to turn Texas blue.

portlandon on June 26, 2014 at 6:08 PM

A very valid concern.

Midas on June 26, 2014 at 6:20 PM

Bishop on June 26, 2014 at 6:19 PM

You are a better Man than I to argue with the likes of that race baiting troll.

Bmore on June 26, 2014 at 6:21 PM

That’s not a move you make if your party’s cruising towards some big wins.

Allahpundit

Listen to yourself. Weak sauce.

There’s always going to be a reason NOT to rock the boat or *gasp* do what’s right.

Yeah, it’s a risk. Not nearly the risks our founding fathers took in 1776, however.

One of the reasons the GOP is so pathetic is because it NEVER TAKES ANY RISKS. Gotta preserve those chairmanships, right? /eyeroll

fossten on June 26, 2014 at 6:21 PM

You are a better Man than I to argue with the likes of that race baiting troll.

Bmore on June 26, 2014 at 6:21 PM

A Howler Monkey from the MN Zoo could argue with Tlaloc and beat her handily, she’s all DNC talking points and she oozes smug.

Bishop on June 26, 2014 at 6:31 PM

fossten on June 26, 2014 at 6:21 PM

The GOPe took a bad risk in Ole Miss. One that could potentially harm the chances for Senate. Not to mention, its just bad form. In that sense I might agree with Allah. So far as him saying it about Cruz. No. If he intends it to be in general about the party of R. I’m with you. ; )

Bmore on June 26, 2014 at 6:32 PM

The idea that Holder won’t get convicted rests on the premise nothing will come out during the process. If the IRS was looking into Grassley, then it’s possible they were looking into Manchin or Stupak or some other democrats that weren’t toeing the line.

Flange on June 26, 2014 at 6:33 PM

Tlaloc cautions restraint, there might be some guy on an obscure tea party forum somewhere who makes a black joke about Holder and then it’s all over. ALL OVER, MAN!

Bishop on June 26, 2014 at 6:19 PM

Actually, if conservative activists had more brains than pride they would be FLOODING the intertubes with racist jokes. “Everyone is doing that” is not a valid excuse for breaking a law, but it is a perfect one for breaking the moral code imposed by the leftists who benefit quite nicely from it. It would also successfully replicate Obama’s approach to scandals: giving the enemy too many moving targets to chase.

Rix on June 26, 2014 at 6:34 PM

Ted Cruz, you idiot, you congratulated the bed-wetter and demented Cochran on his ‘win’.

The war is on and you’re now on the other side.

Schadenfreude on June 26, 2014 at 6:34 PM

obama is your thug in chief and Holder is his capo.

Schadenfreude on June 26, 2014 at 6:35 PM

Bishop on June 26, 2014 at 6:31 PM

Probably just me then. Perhaps Meow is correct. I am too sensitive. There are good reasons for that sensitivity. ; ) I will gladly leave the animal wrangling to you my friend. Lolz!

Bmore on June 26, 2014 at 6:35 PM

Nice Back Swing ya have there Theodore … how’s your FOLLOW THROUGH.

Missilengr on June 26, 2014 at 6:17 PM

That would be Rafael Edward “Ted” Cruz

Not a Theodore for the record.

can_con on June 26, 2014 at 6:38 PM

The DIABLOs fight the TEA party folks harder than obama, Reid, or any D-latrine-rat.

Schadenfreude on June 26, 2014 at 6:39 PM

where do i sign up to volunteer for his 2016 campaign…

Sachiko on June 26, 2014 at 6:41 PM

…Holder will appoint another lawyer…who has ‘bundled’ funds for JugEars…again!
Oh!…there’s nothing here!

JugEarsButtHurt on June 26, 2014 at 6:43 PM

Go for it. Impeach Obama too.

sauldalinsky on June 26, 2014 at 6:51 PM

I have no patience with people who keep saying don’t do it because it won’t work or you can’t win. The worst thing we can do is nothing.

crankyoldlady on June 26, 2014 at 6:51 PM

But that’s not Holder’s style. He’d fight and he’d win, his hackish incuriosity about the conveniently missing IRS e-mails (despite a $4.4 billion IT budget!) notwithstanding. What then?

AP: Why or how would Holder win? There is plenty of evidence that he has politicized the DOJ. It’s time to get those facts out front, so that the public is informed.

Andy McCarthy suggests the impeachment of the Obysmal underlings. Why not start with Obysmal’s teflon shield?

onlineanalyst on June 26, 2014 at 6:51 PM

Actually, if conservative activists had more brains than pride they would be FLOODING the intertubes with racist jokes. “Everyone is doing that” is not a valid excuse for breaking a law, but it is a perfect one for breaking the moral code imposed by the leftists who benefit quite nicely from it. It would also successfully replicate Obama’s approach to scandals: giving the enemy too many moving targets to chase.

Rix on June 26, 2014 at 6:34 PM

Not here at HotGas, they get nervous when you use the term for the animals whose jawbone Samson utilized.

Bishop on June 26, 2014 at 6:55 PM

Take some lessons from the Netflix show House of Cards. The way to remove the executive from office is to systematically remove their support system. So, removing Holder is a key step in that process.

loganyung on June 26, 2014 at 6:57 PM

No one is going to impeach anyone, especially not in an election year when the Dem turnout appears to be extremely low so far. No need to rile up their base.

Johnnyreb on June 26, 2014 at 6:57 PM

Tlaloc cautions restraint, there might be some guy on an obscure tea party forum somewhere who makes a black joke about Holder and then it’s all over. ALL OVER, MAN!

Bishop on June 26, 2014 at 6:19 PM

97% of all Mississippians are racists. Just ask him.

VegasRick on June 26, 2014 at 7:01 PM

Wow…post from 6:21 deleted.

fossten on June 26, 2014 at 7:12 PM

Wow…post from 6:21 deleted.

fossten on June 26, 2014 at 7:12 PM

Mine is still there. Test.

Bmore on June 26, 2014 at 7:15 PM

Wow…post from 6:21 deleted.

fossten on June 26, 2014 at 7:12 PM

Mine is still there. Test.

Bmore on June 26, 2014 at 7:15 PM

So is his. Must have missed it.

VegasRick on June 26, 2014 at 7:17 PM

Wow…post from 6:21 deleted.

fossten on June 26, 2014 at 7:12 PM

Yours? Still there.

davidk on June 26, 2014 at 7:19 PM

So is his. Must have missed it.

VegasRick on June 26, 2014 at 7:17 PM

I must never have seen it. Just reviewed four cached pages. Nothing.

Bmore on June 26, 2014 at 7:19 PM

Tlaloc cautions restraint, there might be some guy on an obscure tea party forum somewhere who makes a black joke about Holder and then it’s all over. ALL OVER, MAN!

Bishop on June 26, 2014 at 6:19 PM

What do you call 500,000 white guys jumping out of a plane? Snow.

davidk on June 26, 2014 at 7:24 PM

Ain’t gonna happen. After November the GOP will be too busy rolling out the K Street troughs. Let the good times roll!

Viator on June 26, 2014 at 7:24 PM

What do you call a white cop? Police brutality.

davidk on June 26, 2014 at 7:26 PM

Tlaloc cautions restraint, there might be some guy on an obscure tea party forum somewhere who makes a black joke about Holder and then it’s all over. ALL OVER, MAN!

Bishop on June 26, 2014 at 6:19 PM

You’re on safer ground here, but yes there is a non-negligible risk that an impeach attempt will come off as having, let us say, racist undertones. For one thing comparing Holder to celebrated AG’s (on the right) like Ashcroft would be awfully instructive in how much latitude the right gave to certain AGs…which naturally leads to the question of why Ashcroft was allowed to wipe his &^% with the constitution with not so much as a peep by the right but Holder gets run out of town on a rail.

I hope you got a good answer lined up.

Tlaloc on June 26, 2014 at 7:28 PM

Why shouldn’t white people go swimming?

Because crackers get soggy when wet.

davidk on June 26, 2014 at 7:31 PM

What does a white woman make for dinner??

Reservations.

davidk on June 26, 2014 at 7:32 PM

What do you call white people getting high?

Smoked pork.

davidk on June 26, 2014 at 7:34 PM

Republicans want bold colors, as Cruz is fond of saying, not pale pastels.

Bold Colors – No Pale Pastels
Excerpted from Ronald Reagan’s video address to members of the Young Americans for Freedom (1975).

whatcat on June 26, 2014 at 7:37 PM

Lemme see. In the past 24 hour news cycle:

Rand Paul: I’m happy if more people vote (illegally)!
Ted Cruz: Impeach Eric Holder

I’m all in with Cruz. (who was described by his Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz as ‘brilliant’)

BigAlSouth on June 26, 2014 at 7:37 PM

Impeach! Holder is….I can’t say it. If Congress had ANY integrity the would REMOVE this roadblock.

Holder’s actions for the last 6 years have been more corrupt, more beholden to politics, more anti-american than any AG in history.

IF we can’t Impeach Obama for “political reasons” (scared of being call Racist, are we?) then at least fire his chief enabler.

And Restore the Rule Of Law, d@mmit!

Who is John Galt on June 26, 2014 at 7:38 PM

Battlefield prep now, wait for the new Senate to be seated (with a Republican majority) and then go after Holder and the rest of the sorry-seated crew.

Including Biden….

Vice President Boehner? Can’t be any worse than slo-jo

HBowmanMD on June 26, 2014 at 8:01 PM

You might be a redneck if you have scars on the back of your hand where your uncle stabbed you while you were reaching for the last piece of fried chicken.

davidk on June 26, 2014 at 8:09 PM

He should have been impeached years ago, Ted.

TX-96 on June 26, 2014 at 8:13 PM

I like it.

formwiz on June 26, 2014 at 9:57 PM

I think even Cavuto would have to agree this is the better road to follow.

Ukiah on June 26, 2014 at 10:16 PM

Seems like a no-brainer. After all, what’s the alternative? Keep sending the message that the GOPe is too comfortable to DO anything at all about any of the high crimes and misdemeanors, that they’re keeping their powder dry for another day, that this is not the hill to die on… ??

bofh on June 26, 2014 at 10:52 PM

Another pretty speech.

When you get to the point where you can actually do something, Mr. Cruz, let me know. Until then, you’re all talk.

Jindal 2016.

Ted the Average on June 27, 2014 at 7:55 AM

Could have used your help getting rid of the “porker pounding pale pastel” named Thad Cochran.Where were you Ted? Actions do speak louder than words.

redware on June 27, 2014 at 9:57 AM