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Eric Holder and Telling the Truth

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Yesterday I wrote that, on the current evidence, it appears that Attorney General Eric Holder committed perjury in his Congressional testimony on May 15.  In response to a comment from the ever-perceptive federalist, I said that it seemed to me that Holder was "damaged goods," had shown "problems with truthfulness," and would probably be gone within a matter of weeks.

Today, Andy McCarthy, at one time the head of appeals for the USAO for the vaunted Southern District of New York, and now a writer for National Review and Commentary, fleshes out some of Mr. Holder's earlier misfortunes wrestling with the truth.  

The problems started with Holder's Congressional testimony in 2001, in the investigation into the scandalous January 19 midnight pardon of Marc Rich by President Clinton, under whom Holder served as Deputy AG.  Rich got the pardon in significant part because of Holder's back channel communications with the White House, and in particular with then-White House Counsel Jack Quinn.  Quinn was close to Al Gore, and Holder, during the campaign season of 2000, was looking at himself as Gore's Attorney-General-In-Waiting.

The story is convoluted, slick and not at all pretty, and Holder's account of it to Congress was no better.  McCarthy spells it all out here.  The bottom line is that, as to Mr. Holder's present shake-and-jive:  We should have seen it coming.  

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