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Eric Holder’s record as the nation’s chief law enforcement official has been called into question by everyone from Ted Nugent and Bill O’Reilly to the president of the Coalition of African American Pastors, Reverend Bill Owens.
The attorney general’s record, and that of his Justice Department, speak for themselves. He has advocated a race-based system of punishment for school children and re-written rules to prevent the FBI from taking religion into consideration when investigating terrorism. What’s worse, his record of partisanship reflects poorly on a department with a tradition of rising above politics to investigate allegations of government corruption and wrong-doing.
His refusal to enforce this nation’s immigration laws have led to more than one call for his impeachment. In fact, a bill seeking to impeach Holder now has over two dozen co-sponsors and seems likely to gain even more support as further details come out regarding collusion between the Justice Department and Lois Lerner’s scandal-plagued IRS.
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Holder has already been held in contempt of Congress for his lies to that body about the Mexican gun-running “Fast and Furious” scandal, but that slap on the wrist was apparently insufficient to earn the attorney general’s cooperation with congressional investigators.
Therefore, Republican Representative Frank Wolf of Virginia, who chairs the Appropriations subcommittee controlling Holder’s budget, announced his intention to withhold funds from the Justice Department until the attorney general complies with the law.
From PJ Media:
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There are still 25 outstanding reports and briefings from the FY 2013 bill, and that doesn’t include any of the additional reports directed in the FY 2014 bill, which was subsequently signed into law earlier this year. There are already 18 reports in the FY 2014 bill that are overdue to the committee.
With a workforce of more than 100,000 employees, I know that the department certainly has the capacity to provide the directed reports. What is lacking is the will to be responsive to the Congress on the part of the department’s leadership. That is what I find particularly disappointing.
Today, I am announcing a new policy that these overdue reports will no longer be tolerated by the committee. When our FY 2015 bill is marked up this spring, I intend to withhold $1 million for every overdue report from the FY 2013 and FY 2014 bills. The funds will be provided instead to agencies in this bill that comply with reporting requirements. With the current backlog of 43 reports, this could be a significant reduction in funds for the department. But you have now been given fair warning that these overdue reports will now be taken into account when the subcommittee determines your budget.
As part of the separation of powers that the Founders worked into the Constitution, Congress holds the power of the purse as a means of reining in the other branches of government as necessary. There has arguably never before been an executive branch in such great need of reining in as the Obama Administration, and particularly Holder’s Justice Department.
When the nation’s chief law enforcement official sees fit to ignore the regulations and requirements of his office, the president should immediately fire him. No one expects this president to do that, of course, so it falls on Congress to take corrective action.
Cutting funds to the Justice Department is an unfortunate but necessary step. So is cutting Holder’s salary.
So will impeachment be, if Attorney General Holder does not quickly come to understand that his role is the impartial enforcement of the nation’s laws–all of them.
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