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Obama's Enforcer: Eric Holder's Justice Departmentby John Fund
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Under Attorney General Eric Holder, the Department of Justice has become a politicized hotbed of left-wing legal activism.
What is Eric Holder up to? When questioned by congressional committees on sensitive issues like the ATF "gunwalking" scandal or the surveillance of Fox News' reporter James Rosen, the attorney general either claimed ignorance or denied specific knowledge. When it was later revealed that Holder had personally signed off on the Rosen investigation, despite his explicit denials, indignant calls were heard across the political spectrum for his resignation. He became the first attorney general in history to be held in contempt by the House of Representatives over a reckless operation that killed a border patrol agent and numerous Mexican citizens. Yet Holder remained in his job, and it is clear that he has President Obama's full support.
In Obama's Enforcer, authors John Fund and Hans von Spakovsky provide the first explosive look inside this feared and powerful agency. They describe the transformation of the DOJ into a stronghold of progressive legal activism and provide in-depth portraits of the radical lawyers in Holder's inner circle.
Holder survives because his agency acts as a heat shield for the Obama administration, protecting the president's flank on numerous fronts. He also survives because his department is actively advancing Obama's hidden political agenda, from the administration's war on Fox News to its harassment of Tea Party activists. He has injected a new politically correct laxity into domestic security issues, eliminating the use of the words "radical Islam" and pushing for civilian trials for terrorists. He has also presided over an unprecedented expansion of politically correct actions at the DOJ's Civil Rights Division and launched a widespread attack on election integrity efforts.
In addition to monitoring reporters' phone records, DOJ lawyers were involved in instigating Operation Fast and Furious, ignoring the deliberate leaking of classified documents by the White House to favored reporters, the funneling of taxpayer funds to political allies through collusive settlements, and much more. Obama's Enforcer provides the first investigative look inside the country's largest law enforcement agency and reveals its true and dangerous role in advancing Obama's agenda.
"One of the more potent weapons in the Obama Administration's political arsenal remains Eric Holder's Justice Department, according to this scathing work by Fund and Von Spakovsky (co-authors of Who's Counting), two conservatives with very little good to say about the beleaguered president or his 'racialized' agency that fully prosecutes federal discrimination laws while largely ignoring national security issues. With a whopping $27 billion budget and over 100,000 employees, Fund and Von Spakovsky see Holder's control at the DOJ as abusive, dangerous, and threatening 'the freedom and well-being of Americans' at the 'most powerful law enforcement agency' in the country. The authors trace the Bronx-native Holden's rapid rise to the top, citing his 'arrogant contempt for the rule of law,' incompetence, from supposedly lying to Congress on numerous occasions to refusing to appoint special counsels to probe irregularities with the Obama White House. A harsh rebuke is launched at Holder's Civil Rights Division of the DOJ, packed with what the authors consider politically-biased lawyers, for enforcing Voter ID laws in many 'red' states. A bitter indictment of Holder's DOJ policies as well as the president, Fund and von Spakovsky remind us that the country is in the midst of a savage ideological firestorm. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
John Fund is a nationally recognized columnist for National Review. His work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Esquire, the New Republic, and USA Today. He has written several books that touch on Justice Department issues, including Stealing Elections and Cleaning House. He has also collaborated with bestselling authors, Rush Limbaugh among them, on their books.
Hans von Spakovsky, now a senior fellow at the Heritage Foundation, is a former presidential appointee to the Federal Election Commission, serving there from 2006 to 2007. He is also a former counsel to the assistant attorney general for civil rights in the Justice Department. He is a contributor at National Review and the coauthor (with John Fund) of Who's Counting: How Fraudsters and Bureaucrats Put Your Vote at Risk.
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