Holder: Let's not do that whole subpoena thing, eh?

Clearly we won’t need to go to such great lengths as to subpoena Eric Holder in order to get him to give up the goods. Why? Because he managed to cut a deal.

Attorney General Eric Holder has agreed to meet with House Republicans as part of their probe into whether he misled Congress or acted inappropriately in the Justice Department’s investigation of two separate leaks to media outlets.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) made the announcement late Friday after exchanging several weeks worth of testy letters with the nation’s top cop.

In agreeing to meet with the lawmakers, Holder staved off the threat of a subpoena from Goodlatte for a second time in as many weeks.

The last time Goodlatte requested some answers from the Attorney General, he received a note from one of Holder’s deputies, Peter Kadzik, for his trouble. That almost resulted in a subpoena right there, but Holder is still managing to hold them off. The polite atmosphere isn’t carrying over to everyone on the Hill, though. Yesterday the President received a bit of a love note from a number of members of Congress who have clearly exhausted their patience.

On Friday, 46 Republican members of Congress sent a letter to President Barack Obama demanding he dismiss Attorney General Eric Holder. Six members of the Florida delegation signed the letter: Ron DeSantis, John Mica, Rich Nugent, Bill Posey, Dennis Ross and Ted Yoho.

The letter mentions Holder’s role in the “Fast and Furious” scandal, recent revelations concerning the Justice Department’s handling of the phone records of reporters from Fox News and the Associated Press, and the FBI’s handling of the phone records of many ordinary Americans.

(Read the full letter here)

Whether it’s Congress, the press, or even the New York City Police Department, it seems as if there isn’t anyone who Holder hasn’t ticked off recently. All the while, he remains busy making sure somebody else is the bad guy. (To be fair, Snowden is almost undoubtedly a bad guy also, but that’s a story for another column.) We should really get a pool going here: is Holder finally on the way out? And if so, how long can Obama keep this albatross around his neck before he finally cuts him loose?

I’ll take Labor Day weekend. Summer will be over and the next election cycle will be shifting into the mid-range gears by then, and a long weekend is the perfect time to dump not only news, but unwanted employees. Place your bets, folks.

Jazz Shaw Jun 22, 2021 6:01 PM ET