Holder seeks Fast and Furious appeal
November 16th, 2013
08:39 PM ET
5 months ago

Holder seeks Fast and Furious appeal

Washington (CNN) – Attorney General Eric Holder is seeking an appeal to a judge's ruling that allows the House of Representatives to proceed with contempt charges over the notorious Justice Department program Operation Fast and Furious.

Holder is being held in contempt by the House for refusing to turn over documents about the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' gun-tracking program that allowed thousands of weapons to flow to Mexican drug cartels. The Obama administration invoked executive privilege to keep sealed some records over their response to Fast and Furious. The House Government Oversight and Reform Committee, chaired by Rep. Darrell Issa, R-California, subsequently voted to hold Holder in contempt last year.
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Filed under: Eric Holder • Fast and Furious
Ring of House Republicans to call for impeachment of Holder
November 14th, 2013
08:44 AM ET
5 months ago

Ring of House Republicans to call for impeachment of Holder

Washington (CNN) – A group of 11 House Republicans will introduce a resolution Thursday calling for the impeachment of Eric Holder, saying the Attorney General has lost credibility and trust over a string of issues in recent years.

The articles of impeachment, drafted by Rep. Pete Olson of Texas, faults the Attorney General for refusing to comply with a congressional investigation of the botched gun-walking operation known as "Fast and Furious," led by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms.
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Filed under: Eric Holder • House • Republicans
Holder touts benefits of changes in mandatory minimum sentences
November 5th, 2013
01:41 PM ET
6 months ago

Holder touts benefits of changes in mandatory minimum sentences

Philadelphia (CNN) - Attorney General Eric Holder visited a federal court program for former criminal offenders to highlight the Justice Department efforts to change mandatory minimum sentences and other rigid federal rules.

Holder sat in court Tuesday as a group of men who have been released from prison in the past few months gave reports on efforts to find jobs, places to live and reunite with their families.
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Filed under: Eric Holder
Once held in contempt, Holder isn't going anywhere soon
Sources say that Attorney General Eric Holder is staying on at the behest of President Barack Obama.
October 23rd, 2013
07:23 AM ET
6 months ago

Once held in contempt, Holder isn't going anywhere soon

Washington (CNN) - Attorney General Eric Holder has been bruised and battered by Republicans who made him the first-ever sitting Cabinet member to be held in contempt of Congress.

He's been knocked around in behind-the-scenes White House battles with some of President Barack Obama's top advisers.

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Obama admin funding cops in schools
September 27th, 2013
04:31 PM ET
7 months ago

Obama admin funding cops in schools

Washington (CNN) - Nine months after the Sandy Hook school shooting tragedy, President Barack Obama is putting millions of dollars into funding armed police officers in schools across the country, an idea not too far removed from an National Rifle Association proposal to make sure schools are protected by “good guys with guns.”

Friday afternoon the Justice Department announced about $45 million in funding intended to create 356 new school resource officer positions under the federal COPS grants.
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Filed under: Eric Holder • Gun control • Gun rights • Justice Department
Obama administration won't block state marijuana laws
August 29th, 2013
01:33 PM ET
8 months ago

Obama administration won't block state marijuana laws

(CNN) - The federal government won't try to block state laws in Colorado and Washington that legalized marijuana for recreational use, Attorney General Eric Holder announced Thursday.

While federal law still makes the possession, production and sale of marijuana a crime, Holder's announcement means the Justice Department won't file lawsuits against state laws in Colorado and Washington that allow people to possess marijuana for personal use. Growing and selling marijuana remain illegal in those states.

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Eric Holder seeks to cut mandatory minimum drug sentences
August 12th, 2013
03:15 PM ET
8 months ago

Eric Holder seeks to cut mandatory minimum drug sentences

Washington (CNN) - The Justice Department will no longer pursue mandatory minimum sentences for certain low-level, nonviolent drug offenders, Attorney General Eric Holder said Monday, noting the nation is "coldly efficient in jailing criminals," but that it "cannot prosecute or incarcerate" its way to becoming safer.

"Too many Americans go to too many prisons for far too long, and for no truly good law enforcement reason," Holder told the American Bar Association's House of Delegates in San Francisco.

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Filed under: Eric Holder • Justice Department
Holder gave 'deceptive and misleading' testimony, House Republicans say
July 31st, 2013
06:48 PM ET
9 months ago

Holder gave 'deceptive and misleading' testimony, House Republicans say

Washington (CNN) – House Republicans issued a report Wednesday finding that Attorney General Eric Holder gave "deceptive and misleading" testimony, but abandoned accusations that he had perjured himself in May during a hearing on the government's seizure of journalists' phone and email records.

The House Judiciary Committee's Republicans launched an investigation after the hearing because Holder claimed not to know of any potential prosecution of members of the press in leak investigations. After the hearing, the Justice Department acknowledged that Holder had signed a search warrant to seize emails from Fox News Channel reporter James Rosen. The search warrant included a declaration that Rosen was a "co-conspirator" in the leak probe targeting a former State Department contractor.
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Filed under: Eric Holder • Justice Department
Holder now going after Texas voting law in race debate
Attorney General Eric Holder has attracted little public criticism for his language from his boss, President Barack Obama.
July 25th, 2013
11:20 AM ET
9 months ago

Holder now going after Texas voting law in race debate

Philadelphia (CNN) - There is one thing to be said about Attorney General Eric Holder. He has a way with words that makes conservatives furious - especially when he starts talking about race and the law.

There are many examples. Early in the Obama administration, Holder said that we are "a nation of cowards" when it comes to issues of race.

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Filed under: Eric Holder • Texas
Petitions get one million signatures for Zimmerman charges
July 16th, 2013
04:48 PM ET
9 months ago

Petitions get one million signatures for Zimmerman charges

(CNN) – One million people have so far signed online petitions by the NAACP and MoveOn.org calling for federal civil rights charges against George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.

Three days after Zimmerman was found not guilty of second degree murder or manslaughter after a February 2012 confrontation with Martin, thousands have taken to the streets and the digital highways to call for federal action.
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Filed under: Eric Holder • Justice Department • NAACP
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