In his first interview since Thursday’s vote, Holder said lawmakers have used an investigation of a botched gun-tracking operation as a way to seek retribution against the Justice Department for its policies on a host of issues, including immigration, voting rights and gay marriage. He said the chairman of the committee leading the inquiry, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), is engaging in political theater as the Justice Department tries to focus on public safety.
“I’ve been doing all of these things all the time Darrell Issa and his band have been nipping at my heels,” a defiant Holder said. “They’ve been nipping, but I’ve been walking.”
The attorney general has long been a lightning rod for Republican lawmakers’ anger toward the Obama administration. But Holder said the debate over documents related to the gun operation, known as “Fast and Furious” — along with the National Rifle Association’s attempts to make it an electoral issue — have made matters worse.
“I’ve become a symbol of what they don’t like about the positions this Justice Department has taken,” he said. “I am also a proxy for the president in an election year. You have to be exceedingly naive to think that vote was about . . . documents.”
Ding ding ding! Holder understands all too well what's going on here: impeachment by proxy. It's also impeachment for interfering in the GOP plan to disenfranchise millions of Democratic voters. Holder has to go, he knows exactly how the game works. There's a reason why there's such a massive show of force on the program with the intent of forcing Holder out and paralyzing the Justice Department.
Stopping GOP voter fraud is the number one issue in 2012's election. The GOP knows it, and so does Holder...oh, and the race thing? There's that, too.
I'm glad he's aware of what's at stake here, not that I doubted him.