Attorney General Eric Holder will be staying on as the Attorney General, according to a White House Official.
The Huffington Post reports that the controversial head of the Department of Justice will remain with the Obama Administration, despite many missteps, most notably the deadly Fast and Furious scandal where the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) lost at least 2,000 guns in a bizarre gun-walking strategy. The guns have been linked to "hundreds of crime scenes, dozens of civilian deaths in Mexico, and the deaths of [Border Patrol Agent Brian] Terry and special agent Jaime Zapata," as reported by the CSMonitor.
The story was not reported extensively in the mainstream media (no surprise) until President Obama asserted executive privilege over the documents subpoenaed under the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, effectively shutting down any scrutiny of the ill advised program. Many believe, including the author, that the intent, at least in part, was that Fast and Furious was being used to ultimately justify an assault weapons ban.
CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkisson reported that the ATF used Operation Fast and Furious to "argue for controversial new rules about gun sales." The article states that "emails show they [ATF officials] discussed using the sales, including sales encouraged by ATF, to justify a new gun regulation called 'Demand Letter 3.'"
An interesting insight into Eric Holder can be found from 1995 (CSPAN): He states, "We have to be repetitive about this, it is not enough to have a catchy ad...we need to do this every day of the week and just really brainwash people into thinking about guns in a vastly different way [around the 3:00 minute mark]."
Seventeen Democrats voted with 238 Republicans to hold Holder in contempt for failing to produce documents related to Fast and Furious. Holder suggested that racism was behind the criticism. Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer once referred to Holder as "one of the most incompetent attorneys general in U.S. history." And now, America gets him for the duration of Obama's presidency. Yay.
Photo Image: Susan Walsh/AP via CSMonitor