May 15th, 2013
06:08 PM ET
11 months ago

Holder criticizes longtime foe Issa at committee hearing

Washington (CNN) – Political fireworks over a little-noticed Supreme Court appeal and a separate whistleblower lawsuit had U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and a longtime congressional adversary exchanging harsh words at a House committee hearing Wednesday.

Holder, testifying before the Republican-led House Judiciary Committee, sparred with GOP Rep. Darrell Issa of California over congressional requests for private e-mails of top Holder aide Thomas Perez, who is President Barack Obama's nominee to be Labor Secretary.

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Filed under: Darrell Issa • Eric Holder • House
Holder orders IRS investigation
May 14th, 2013
02:01 PM ET
11 months ago

Holder orders IRS investigation

(CNN) – Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday he has ordered an investigation of any criminal wrongdoing in the IRS targeting of conservative groups.


Filed under: Eric Holder • IRS • Justice Department
Source: Holder recused himself from AP decision
May 14th, 2013
01:24 PM ET
11 months ago

Source: Holder recused himself from AP decision

Washington (CNN) - Attorney General Eric Holder recused himself from the decision to subpoena the phone records of Associated Press reporters, a source told CNN's Jessica Yellin on Tuesday.

The approval fell to Deputy Attorney General James Cole, the source said.

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Priebus demands Holder resign over AP probe
May 14th, 2013
12:33 PM ET
11 months ago

Priebus demands Holder resign over AP probe

(CNN) – U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder must resign after his agency collected two months of telephone records from reporters at the Associated Press, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said Tuesday.

"Freedom of the press is an essential right in a free society. The First Amendment doesn't request the federal government to respect it; it demands it," Priebus wrote in a statement Tuesday. "Attorney General Eric Holder, in permitting the Justice Department to issue secret subpoenas to spy on Associated Press reporters, has trampled on the First Amendment and failed in his sworn duty to uphold the Constitution."
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Filed under: Eric Holder • Reince Priebus • RNC
Kerry pledges to donate portion of salary to charity
April 5th, 2013
03:56 AM ET
1 year ago

Kerry pledges to donate portion of salary to charity

(CNN) - Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday joined the list of Obama administration officials who have pledged to give back part of their salary in recognition of furloughed federal workers.

Both President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Hagel have  said they will write a check to the Treasury to show unity with those affected by the forced spending cuts that went into effect on March 1.

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Filed under: Budget • Eric Holder • John Kerry • President Obama
March 7th, 2013
02:01 PM ET
1 year ago

Rand Paul 'happy' with drone response

(CNN) – Sen. Rand Paul ended his quest Thursday to block a vote on the nomination of John Brennan to be CIA director after he received an answer from the Obama administration about his question on drones.

Paul's decision to back down cleared the way for a final Senate vote this afternoon, and the chamber confirmed Brennan in a 63-34 vote that crossed party lines.
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Filed under: Eric Holder • Rand Paul
Holder's top spokeswoman announces departure from DOJ
February 14th, 2013
07:20 PM ET
1 year ago

Holder's top spokeswoman announces departure from DOJ

Washington (CNN) - Tracy Schmaler, the chief spokeswsoman for Attorney General Eric Holder and the Justice Department for the past four years, is leaving to take a job working for former White House senior adviser David Axelrod.

In a statement provided to CNN, Schmaler said she will leave Justice in early March.
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Filed under: Eric Holder • Justice Department
Wal-Mart will meet with Holder, not Biden
January 10th, 2013
11:01 AM ET
1 year ago

Wal-Mart will meet with Holder, not Biden

Washington (CNN) – Wal-Mart's envoy to the White House's gun violence task force will meet with Attorney General Eric Holder, not the group's leader Vice President Joe Biden, an administration official said Thursday.

Wal-Mart is one of ten retailers meeting with Holder Thursday, the Justice Department said. Other stores expected to be represented at the 3:15 p.m. ET meeting include Dick's Sporting Goods and Bass Pro Shops.
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Filed under: Eric Holder • Gun rights • Joe Biden
Attorney General Eric Holder blasted for HSBC settlement
December 13th, 2012
07:29 PM ET
1 year ago

Attorney General Eric Holder blasted for HSBC settlement

(CNN) – The top Republican on the Senate committee that oversees the Justice Department issued a blistering criticism of Attorney General Eric Holder and his department for failing to pursue criminal charges against a giant global bank that admits violating federal laws by laundering money on behalf of Iran, Libya, Sudan and Myanmar.

Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, sent his stinging letter to Holder Thursday, calling it "inexcusable" for the department not to prosecute criminal behavior by the British banking giant HSBC. In a settlement reached Tuesday, HSBC agreed to pay the U.S. government $1.92 billion in a wide-ranging agreement. Any prosecution in the case was "deferred," meaning it is unlikely anyone from the bank will ever go to jail for wrongdoing.

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Filed under: 2012 • Eric Holder
Justice official cited for oversight failure in 'Fast and Furious' to resign
December 3rd, 2012
09:07 PM ET
1 year ago

Justice official cited for oversight failure in 'Fast and Furious' to resign

(CNN) - A ranking Justice Department official named by Republicans in their probes into the botched gunrunning scheme "Fast and Furious" will resign on Friday, Attorney General Eric Holder announced in a statement late Monday.

Gary Grindler is Holder's chief of staff and has held a number of other positions, including as acting deputy attorney general. His office oversaw the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, which led the program that allowed hundreds of illegally purchased weapons into the hands of Mexican cartels as a way of tracking their movements.
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Filed under: Eric Holder • Justice Department
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