In a Washington Post opinion piece, Attorney General Bill Barr was accused by Obama-era predecessor Eric Holder of being “unfit to lead.”
One could argue that Holder is well-qualified to discuss the subject of unfitness. After all, he has plenty of first-hand experience with it.
Holder slams Barr as a partisan
Holder wrote that “Attorney General William P. Barr has made a series of public statements and taken actions that are so plainly ideological, so nakedly partisan and so deeply inappropriate for America’s chief law enforcement official that they demand a response from someone who held the same office.”
Holder knows something about being “nakedly partisan,” having once dubbed himself Obama’s “wingman.”
He also condemned remarks that Barr made at a Federalist Society event in November, characterizing them as an endorsement of “essentially unbridled executive power, dismissing the authority of the legislative and judicial branches — and the checks and balances at the heart of America’s constitutional order.”
Holder went on to allege that during the speech, Barr “issued what seemed to be a bizarre threat to anyone who expresses insufficient respect for law enforcement, suggesting that ‘if communities don’t give that support and respect, they might find themselves without the police protection they need.”
“No one,” he continued, “who understands — let alone truly respects — the impartial administration of justice or the role of law enforcement could ever say such a thing.”
Bill Barr has yet to respond to Holder’s scathing indictment of him, as he likely has more pressing issues on his plate at this time.
Holder no nonpartisan saint
Of course, a case could be made that arming murderous drug cartels isn’t consistent with justice either, but that didn’t stop the Holder-led Justice Department from doing so.
In an operation called “Fast and Furious,” US gun dealers were instructed to sell thousands of weapons to illegal straw buyers, who in turn provided them to Mexican drug traffickers. The guns were used in an unknown number of killings, including that of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry.
Terry was shot to death in 2010 by a suspect that he was attempted to apprehend. A review of his killer’s weapon revealed that it had been sold as part of the “Fast and Furious” operation.
In 2016, another firearm was discovered during a raid on drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. A .50 caliber sniper rifle, it was one of 34 similar models that were sold during the operation.