Representative Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) cited former Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday as an example of integrity during the Committee’s fifth public hearing on Jan. in 2011 because of her prejudice.
Holder, who called himself President Barack Obama’s “weapon”, presided over Operation The Fast and the Furious, a botched scheme to smuggle guns to Mexican cartels and track their movements, with the aim of cracking down on gun sales. These weapons were later used in many crimes, including the murder of US Border Patrol agent Brian Terry. Holder refused to cooperate with a Congressional panel investigating Operation Fast and the Furious, leading the House to hold him in contempt.
The Justice Department, which is now suing two former Trump aides for refusing to cooperate with the Jan. 6 Committee, has declined to sue Holder. So Kinzinger and other Republicans signed a “no confidence” motion in 2011.
The motion read, in part:
Whereas, due to Attorney General Holder’s failure to properly control, monitor or establish Operation Fast and the Furious, it is likely that Mexican nationals were killed or injured by weapons sold through this scheme;
Whereas the carnage resulting from Operation Fast and Furious is not limited to Mexico;
Whereas evidence further suggests that these weapons were used in the United States and may have been involved in
the death of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry;
Whereas, in response to inquiries from Congress, the Administration, through the Office of the Attorney General of the Republic, initially provided false information to Congress;
Whereas, in response to the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms whistleblowers who appeared in Congress, the Administration, through the Attorney General’s Office, retaliated against these whistleblowers; and
Whereas, in response to congressional inquiries, the administration, through the office of Attorney General Holder, drafted important information and was uncompromising, obstructionist, and obstinate: Now, therefore, be
Resolved, That is the feeling of the House of Representatives that Congress has lost confidence in the United States Attorney General.
On Thursday, Kinzinger cited Holder as an example of political independence, showing a video clip of Holder during his 2009 confirmation hearing, telling Congress he would rather resign than do anything to compromise the Justice Department’s political independence.
I will be an independent attorney general,” Holder said. “I will be the people’s advocate. If, however, there was an issue that I felt was so significant that it compromised my ability to serve as attorney general in the way I described, as a people’s advocate, I would not hesitate to resign.”
The video also showed former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, who met with former President Bill Clinton on the tarmac at an airport in Arizona while Hillary Clinton was under investigation for mishandling confidential emails.
After the video clip of Holder and other former attorneys general was shown, Kinzinger said, without irony, “Everyone in that video, from Eric Holder to Jeff Sessions, spoke like members of the department. It is a pride for justice to apply the law without the president’s political interest tainting its actions and dictating how it uses its authorities.”
Kinzinger was elected on the Tea Party wave of 2010 as a Conservative champion, before moving to the left and becoming an opponent of President Donald Trump and a cable news darling. He is retiring after Democrats pulled him out of his district.
Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor at Breitbart News and host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot on Sunday nights from 7pm to 10pm ET (4pm to 7pm PT). He is the author of the recent e-book, Neither Free nor Fair: The 2020 US Presidential Election. Your recent book, RED NOVEMBER, tells the story of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary from a conservative perspective. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.