Eric Holder Must Go

Jonathan Turley: He has presided over erosion of privacy, freedom of press

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted May 29, 2013 1:48 PM CDT

(Newser) – Eric Holder is reaching out to news executives over allegations that he and his Justice Department were too aggressive in going after reporters' email and phone records. And Holder himself is reportedly feeling a "creeping sense of personal remorse" about his actions, particularly in regard to Fox reporter James Rosen, reports the Daily Beast. It's way too little, way too late, writes Jonathan Turley at USA Today. "I am neither a Republican nor conservative, and I believe Holder should be fired."

The attorney general "has done little in his tenure to protect civil liberties or the free press," writes Turley. "Rather, Holder has supervised a comprehensive erosion of privacy rights, press freedom and due process." Holder has long served as what DC insiders refer to as the president's "sin eater"—a high-ranking official who shields his boss from responsibility in the grand tradition of HR Haldeman, Oliver North, and even Dick Cheney. But "these sins should be fatal for any attorney general." Click for Turley's full column.

Attorney General Eric Holder testifies on Capitol Hill on May 15.
Attorney General Eric Holder testifies on Capitol Hill on May 15.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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