Former US Attorney General Eric Holder has been making the public rounds lately, openly admitting that he is interested for running for President of the United States in 2020. He served as Attorney General for six years under President Barack Obama from 2009 to 2015. A federal worker for most of his life, Holder’s credentials are relatively good (for a potential Democratic candidate at least), but there’s one big millstone around his neck: Operation Fast And Furious.
In May 2011, House Oversight Committee chairman, California Republican Rep. Darrell Issa and Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley sent Attorney General Holder a letter requesting details about Operation Fast and Furious, which had been a failed federal firearms sting operation, which had allowed some 2,000 weapons to reach Mexican drug gangs. One of these guns was tracked to the scene where United States Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was killed in December 2010. Grassley and Issa urged Holder to cooperate and turn over subpoenaed records that would reveal the scope of the alleged government coverup. Instead he became the only cabinet member in U.S. history to be held in contempt of Congress.
At issue were 1,300 pages of documents that had not been turned over to Congress by the DOJ. Earlier that day, President Obama had invoked executive privilege over those documents, marking the first time the privilege has been asserted during his presidency. Issa contends that the Obama executive privilege claim is a cover-up or an obstruction to the congressional probe.
The National Rifle Association controversially lobbied for Holder to be held in contempt. Mexican officials were angered and stated that the U.S. government still had not briefed them on what went wrong nor had they apologized.
Contempt, misleading Congress, potential perjury, and failure to prosecute anyone involved in the 2008 economic crisis as well as the IRS tax scandal. The man is delusional. Holder will be fast and furiously out the door as a presidential candidate.