September 25, 2014

Eric Holder to Resign Because of the Election

Attorney General Eric Holder resigns from the Department of Justice just before Congress returns to its campaigning, giving the Obama administration a chance to appoint someone that a Democrat-held Senate would approve. Roll Call says this is to avoid blowback from the Democrats’ decision last year to invoke the so-called nuclear option, which changed longstanding Senate rules to now require only a simple majority in most cases to confirm an appointee to office. The question of why Holder resigned will be pondered in the days and weeks ahead. Holder leaves unfinished a “civil rights” investigation of the Ferguson, Mo., police department, for example. Marcy Wheeler, a journalist writing about national security and civil liberties, tweeted, “I’m sure it’s unrelated, but Tuesday judge in Fast [and] Furious FOIA ordered [the government] to give Judicial Watch a Vaughn Index [within] a month.” So let’s watch for even more scandal than usual at the DoJ in the coming weeks. More…

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