Obama's Enforcer: Eric Holder's Justice Department

Obama's Enforcer: Eric Holder's Justice Department

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by John Fund

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Under Attorney General Eric Holder, the Department of Justice has become a politicized hotbed of left-wing legal activism.

What is Eric Holder up to? When questioned by congressional committees on sensitive issues like the ATF "gunwalking" scandal or the surveillance of Fox News' reporter James Rosen, the attorney general either claimed ignorance


Under Attorney General Eric Holder, the Department of Justice has become a politicized hotbed of left-wing legal activism.

What is Eric Holder up to? When questioned by congressional committees on sensitive issues like the ATF "gunwalking" scandal or the surveillance of Fox News' reporter James Rosen, the attorney general either claimed ignorance or denied specific knowledge. When it was later revealed that Holder had personally signed off on the Rosen investigation, despite his explicit denials, indignant calls were heard across the political spectrum for his resignation. He became the first attorney general in history to be held in contempt by the House of Representatives over a reckless operation that killed a border patrol agent and numerous Mexican citizens. Yet Holder remained in his job, and it is clear that he has President Obama's full support.

In Obama's Enforcer, authors John Fund and Hans von Spakovsky provide the first explosive look inside this feared and powerful agency. They describe the transformation of the DOJ into a stronghold of progressive legal activism and provide in-depth portraits of the radical lawyers in Holder's inner circle.

Holder survives because his agency acts as a heat shield for the Obama administration, protecting the president's flank on numerous fronts. He also survives because his department is actively advancing Obama's hidden political agenda, from the administration's war on Fox News to its harassment of Tea Party activists. He has injected a new politically correct laxity into domestic security issues, eliminating the use of the words "radical Islam" and pushing for civilian trials for terrorists. He has also presided over an unprecedented expansion of politically correct actions at the DOJ's Civil Rights Division and launched a widespread attack on election integrity efforts.

In addition to monitoring reporters' phone records, DOJ lawyers were involved in instigating Operation Fast and Furious, ignoring the deliberate leaking of classified documents by the White House to favored reporters, the funneling of taxpayer funds to political allies through collusive settlements, and much more. Obama's Enforcer provides the first investigative look inside the country's largest law enforcement agency and reveals its true and dangerous role in advancing Obama's agenda.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
One of the more potent weapons in the Obama Administration's political arsenal remains Eric Holder's Justice Department, according to this scathing work by Fund and Von Spakovsky (co-authors of Who's Counting), two conservatives with very little good to say about the beleaguered president or his "racialized" agency that fully prosecutes federal discrimination laws while largely ignoring national security issues. With a whopping $27 billion budget and over 100,000 employees, Fund and Von Spakovsky see Holder's control at the DOJ as abusive, dangerous, and threatening "the freedom and well-being of Americans" at the "most powerful law enforcement agency" in the country. The authors trace the Bronx-native Holden's rapid rise to the top, citing his "arrogant contempt for the rule of law," incompetence, from supposedly lying to Congress on numerous occasions to refusing to appoint special counsels to probe irregularities with the Obama White House. A harsh rebuke is launched at Holder's Civil Rights Division of the DOJ, packed with what the authors consider politically-biased lawyers, for enforcing Voter ID laws in many "red" states. A bitter indictment of Holder's DOJ policies as well as the president, Fund and von Spakovsky remind us that the country is in the midst of a savage ideological firestorm. (June)
Senator Ted Cruz
“Obama’s Enforcer catalogues the abuses of power at the Department of Justice under Attorney General Holder: rather than honoring its long history of bipartisan fidelity to the law, the DOJ has become an unapologetically partisan institution that aides and abets this Administration’s lawlessness and contempt for the Constitution.”
Luther Strange
“Hans von Spakovsky and John Fund have authored a book that should be required reading for any citizen concerned with the unprecedented erosion of the rule of law under the Obama administration.”
Mark Levin
“Anyone who cares about the rule of law needs to read Obama’s Enforcer, which shows in detail how Eric Holder and his minions have corrupted the most powerful law enforcement agency in America.”
Kirkus Reviews
Fund and von Spakovsky (Who's Counting?: How Fraudsters and Bureaucrats Put Your Vote at Risk, 2012) team up again for a no-holds-barred assault on Attorney General Eric Holder.Both authors are well-known shapers of conservative opinion, and von Spakovsky, of George W. Bush's Justice Department, so the authors include certain ongoing issues promoted by the right. These include, among others, the 2009-2011 "Operation Fast and Furious" gunwalking scandal, during which the Justice Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were investigated for distributing weapons in Mexico subsequently used with deadly effect against American border enforcement agents. As a result, Holder became the first attorney general in history to be held in contempt of Congress, but Democrats voted overwhelmingly in support of Holder. What Fund and von Spakovsky have put together in this account seems to merit thoughtful consideration rather than peremptory dismissal as yet another partisan assault. For example, they ask why Holder's accounts of when he learned about the gunwalking scandal differed significantly in the versions he presented before the House and the Senate—and the differences have not been reconciled. The authors point to numerous Supreme Court decisions that question the legality and honesty of actions undertaken by Holder's department, and they discuss a number of criminal and civil prosecutions that have been dismissed for prosecutorial misconduct, including lying and withholding exculpatory evidence. Fund and von Spakovsky also question his practice of unilaterally changing interpretations of laws—e.g., the 1961 Interstate Wire Act. The authors detail the chilling effects of censorship and raise some intriguing issues about the conduct of the Justice Department's civil rights division.The book leans decidedly to the right, but Fund and von Spakovsky raise issues of partisan intrigue, dishonesty and criminality, with sufficient evidence to merit serious investigation and not just partisan dismissal.

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John Fund is a nationally recognized columnist for National Review. His work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Esquire, the New Republic, and USA Today. He has written several books that touch on Justice Department issues, including Stealing Elections and Cleaning House. He has also collaborated with bestselling authors, Rush Limbaugh among them, on their books.

Hans von Spakovsky, now a senior fellow at the Heritage Foundation, is a former presidential appointee to the Federal Election Commission, serving there from 2006 to 2007. He is also a former counsel to the assistant attorney general for civil rights in the Justice Department. He is a contributor at National Review and the coauthor (with John Fund) of Who's Counting: How Fraudsters and Bureaucrats Put Your Vote at Risk.

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RonNem More than 1 year ago
A must read book for all Americans. This book clearly demonstrates that elections have consequences and that electing someone with no experience has a deep effect on all facets of the government. This justice department is so corrupt and so mismanaged that the only thing saving the Attorney General from impeachment is that HE selects the Attorney General's that work under him and who refuse to bring contempt charges against him which is a violation of federal law. Is it any wonder that the President isn't worried about any legal problems when he has a crook and a liar running the justice department. As long as Eric Holder is in charge of the Justice Department there is no justice for anyone who disagrees with the liberal progressive ideas of this administration, the most corrupt since Richard Nixon
MJS98 More than 1 year ago
Begin Impeachment proceedings immediately
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Your Civil Liberties are at risk!!! Obama and Holder should be impeached immediately. The truth is here in this book if you are not afraid to read it. I can't even begin to list all the vengeful and wrongful things that Holder with Obama's blessing have done. Read it for yourself.
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newspeak1 More than 1 year ago
If you value justice, you will find this well written, thoroughly researched new book highly welcome.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
absolutely awful lol