Obama’s Attorney General Hypocrisy: Alberto Gonzalez vs Eric Holder

In 2007 when Barack Obama was running for President the first time there was a controversy raging over whether U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez was right to accede to President Bush’s order to fire a handful of U.S. attorneys. Obama then criticized the AG for politicizing the office. Flash forward to 2013 and he’s now standing up for an AG that is far worse than what he claimed Gonzalez ever was.

The controversy over Gonzalez was a manufactured, fake, left-wing nothing of a controversy, of course, because U.S. attorneys serve at the President’s discretion and many presidents have fired theirs. Clinton fired all of his and even Carter fired one for “political reasons.”

In any case, then Senator Obama went on CNN’s Larry King Live to rip Bush and to say that his AG was acting too politically.

Obama criticized AG Gonzalez for seeming to think his role is “being the president’s attorney instead of being the people’s attorney.” Obama also claimed that Gonzales should be fired because he wasn’t “somebody who was actually trying to look out for the American people’s interests.”

Flash forward to 2013 and we have an Attorney General who has created the most politicized Department of Justice in history. Yet, today Obama has forgotten all about those high-minded concepts that an AG that should be “the people’s attorney” and is happily standing by his political enforcer, Eric Holder.

Now Obama is the President who has an AG that acts as his political enforcer, a man who does his job as if it is part of his boss’s political campaign instead of an autonomous office whose goal is to enforce the laws of the United States of America. Not only that, but we have an AG that is far and away more political with his actions than any AG in history.

Yet, Obama stands by this partisan hack even when members of his own party call for his resignation.

Once again we see that Obama is a liar and hypocrite.

Transcript of March 19 Larry King Live broadcast:

Larry King: All right, the most important — I guess the major issue at hand these days is Alberto Gonzales’ firing of the U.S. attorneys.

What’s your read?

Senator Barack OBama: Well, I voted against Alberto Gonzales’ confirmation for precisely the reason that we’re seeing now. My–and I said this on the floor of the Senate–that although he seemed to be a capable attorney, he seemed to conceive of his role as being the president’s attorney instead of being the people’s attorney.

And part of the role of the attorney general is to say to the executive branch here are the limits of your power. Here are the things that you can’t do.

I don’t think Alberto Gonzales ever told the president that there was something he could not do.

And so, as a consequence, when the White House decides that a–a U.S. attorney is not carrying out the political vendettas of the White House, then there are some questions as to whether Gonzales was encouraged to fire these individuals.

You’ve got a situation in terms of the FBI where the procedures used for issuing national security letters seemed to have been completely sloppy and based on erroneous fact. There doesn’t seem to be any oversight there.

What you get a sense of is a–an attorney general who saw himself as an enabler of the administration as opposed to somebody who was actually trying to look out for the American people’s interests.

And for that reason, I think it’s time for him to step down and for another attorney general who can exercise some independence to be put for the reminder of this president’s term.

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Posted by on May 24, 2013.
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Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago-based freelance writer, has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and is featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart's BigGovernment.com and BigJournalism.com, RightWingNews.com, CanadaFreePress.com, RightPundits.com, StoptheACLU.com, Human Events Magazine, among many, many others. Additionally, he has been a frequent guest on talk-radio programs to discuss his opinion editorials and current events.He has also written for several history magazines and appears in the new book "Americans on Politics, Policy and Pop Culture" which can be purchased on amazon.com. He is also the owner and operator of PubliusForum.com. Feel free to contact him with any comments or questions, EMAIL Warner Todd Huston: igcolonel .at. hotmail.com"The only end of writing is to enable the reader better to enjoy life, or better to endure it." --Samuel Johnson

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  • alanstorm

    “And part of the role of the attorney general is to say to the executive
    branch here are the limits of your power. Here are the things that you
    can’t do.”

    This is rich, considering the source. More comedy gold:

    “What you get a sense of is a–an attorney general who saw himself as
    an enabler of the administration as opposed to somebody who was actually
    trying to look out for the American people’s interests.

    And for
    that reason, I think it’s time for him to step down and for another
    attorney general who can exercise some independence to be put for the
    reminder of this president’s term.”

    You can’t make this stuff up.

  • Walter_Cronanty

    He also lied, under oath, to Congress. Last week he testified:

    “In regard to potential prosecution of the press for the disclosure of material. This is not something I’ve ever been involved in, heard of, or would think would be wise policy.”

    He signed the affidavit in support of the search warrant for James Rosen’s records several weeks ago:

    “The warrant in the Rosen case specified that he was considered a
    potential suspect in the leak of classified material, the reason that
    the DoJ didn’t bother to follow the existing Watergate-era statute in
    coordinating the records request with Fox News.”

    As noted, he either lied to Congress or lied to the Court to get the warrant.

    http://hotair.com/archives/2013/05/24/did-eric-holder-lie-in-congressional-testimony-last-week/

    • jim_m

      His statement coincides with the administration’s ideological narrative, so as far as the left is concerned it wasn’t a lie.

      • Walter_Cronanty

        Those knuckle-dragging, mouth-breathing, bitter-clinging, Bible-thumping, homophobic, racist, neanderthal conservatives at Esquire are calling for Holder to go [I love the use of "mummery" - word of the week]:

        “…But, let us take the White House at its word. Eric Holder did this by himself. He should be gone. This moment. Not only is this constitutionally abhorrent, it is politically moronic. Nobody likes the press, I will grant you that, but the administration is soft if it thinks the public distrusts the press that much. And to have this genuinely chilling revelation emerge simultaneously with the Benghazi, Benghazi!, BENGHAZI! mummery and the IRS dumbassery is pretty much a full broadside below the water line of this administration’s credibility. Good god, this is going to be one long-ass summer.”

        http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/The_DOJ_And_The_AP

  • GarandFan

    Barry excels at speaking out of both sides of his mouth.

    • Par4Course

      Hey, what are you staring at? Haven’t you ever seen a hypocrite before?

  • Commander_Chico

    Holder should have been gone long ago. One of the worst AGs in history.

    Just ahead of Mitchell and Palmer, just behind Gonzales and Reno.

    • jim_m

      Yeah, because Waco totally cemented Reno’s legacy as a superior AG.

      • Commander_Chico

        Being the top of the bottom five out of 82 is not “superior,” no matter what they’ve been telling you.

        • jim_m

          It is the difference between the incompetent and the corrupt. I would argue that she takes the prize in the former and he in the latter.

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