Hidden away in the cache of documents dumped with Rep. Darrell Issa and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee while we were all concentrating on the election, was a gem of an exchange between outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder and some of his staff. Â It seems that Holder was rather flippant about criticism from those who have a problem with gun running to the Mexican drug cartels. Â From the Daily Mail:
Holder was told by staff that a group of U.S. attorneys was upset that the resignation of Dennis Burke, then the U.S. attorney in Arizona, was announced simultaneously with the reassignment of ATF Acting Director Ken Melson.
Holder replied, ‘Some people can kiss my ass.’
In addition to Holder’s not so charming and rather cocky dismissal of his public relations reviews, he also said of Rep. Issa and those investigating the Operation Fast and Furious scandal in an email:
“Issa and his idiot cronies never gave a damn about this when all that was happening was that thousands of Mexicans were being killed with guns from our country. Â All they want to do – in reality – is cripple ATF and suck up to the gun lobby.”
Holder hoped that the media would see that Issa’s actions were a ploy. Â According to the Wall Street Journal, Holder really is not a fan of the California congressman who has done more to expose his shenanigans at the Justice Department than any other lawmaker. Â The email exchanges in the document dump make that clear, but what is more important is the attitude behind the hubris. Â Holder thinks that everything Issa does is inherently political, including investigating an illegal gun running operation and trying to find out if Holder knew about it real time. Â For Holder’s part, he went to the mattresses with Valerie Jarrett’s help.
While it is true that what sparked the investigation into Fast and Furious was the murder of an American border patrol agent, the entire idea that guns were just “walking” across the border from our government into the hands of criminals with full knowledge from our Justice Department is more than a little repugnant to many Americans. Â The violence fomented by the Mexican drug cartels affects everyone in the southwest and our neighbors to the south. Â We should not be encouraging anyone’s murder whether or not they are Americans. Â That is plain decency.
Last Monday’s document dump is sure to unearth more of Eric Holder’s opinions of his adversaries and other juicy tidbits. Â Stay tuned. Â The Foggy Bottom Theater of Scandal may well be coming back to life.