Former Attorney General Eric Holder, who was held in contempt of Congress for his refusal to turn over thousands of documents in the investigation of the Operation Fast and Furious scandal, has reportedly been hired by the California Legislature to help “in potential legal clashes with the incoming Trump administration,” according to NBC News.
The California Political Review put it another way, asserting that he “has been hired by the very liberal Democrats who dominate the California State Legislature as a ‘special counsel’ to deal with “extraordinary challenges for California in the uncertain times ahead” according to the Democratic State Senate leader.”
Holder became the only attorney general in the nation’s history to be held in contempt of Congress, in 2012. He refused to turn over documents to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, which had been investigating Fast and Furious for more than a year. The scandal involved a purported gun trafficking “sting” operation that allowed some 2,000 firearms to be purchased at gun stores in Arizona and then illegally taken across the border where they fell into the hands of Mexican drug cartels. Many of those guns have been recovered at crime scenes, and one was found at the scene of a gun battle that claimed the life of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry in December 2010.
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Fast and Furious was an operation by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
The Washington Post is reporting that Holder will serve as “an adviser and outside counsel” to help “resist any attempts to roll back the progress that California has made.” This alleged progress, according to NBC News, involves “climate change, health care, civil rights and immigration issues.”
Since leaving the Obama administration, Holder has become a partner at the law firm of Covington & Burling, according to published reports.
The Golden State voted overwhelmingly for Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton. After her surprise defeat by Donald Trump, the state saw several protests. Trump is seen as a threat to illegal immigration and gun control. He could also appoint conservatives to fill four vacancies on the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, bringing some semblance of balance to what is seen as the most liberal of all the federal circuit courts.
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