After six years in the Obama administration as America’s “top cop” Attorney General Eric Holder is stepping down. Holder is the first African-American attorney general. He leaves a very politicized legacy which has caused many on the right to rejoice. President Obama announced Holder was resigning during an address at the White House. He appreciated the service Holder has given to both him and the country and said that he made “sure that those words, ‘life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness’ are made real for all of us.” “He believes, as I do, that justice is not just an abstract theory, it’s a living and breathing principle.”
A.G. Eric Holder strikes down DOMA
Eric Holder made sure that LGBTQ knew he was in support of equal rights. In February of 2011, Holder met with President Obama reccomended that the Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional. Two years later in a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled it unconstitutional.
Fast and Furious
Probably the most controversial moment in Holder’s legacy was Fast and Furious! This gun running scandal cost the life of American Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry. House Oversight Committee Republicans including Chairman Darrell Issa voted to hold Holder in contempt for refusing to turn over documents after the White House invoked executive privilege.
After the fallout of the shooting of Michael Brown at the hands of a Ferguson police officer, Holder ordered the Department of Justice to launch an investigation. He later visited Ferguson and met with college students and said “I am the Attorney General of the United States. But I am also a black man.” He also shared his troubled life. Wiki
Legal reform for felons
In August of 2013, Holder announced changes in guidelines involving non-violent drug offenses. The move was meant to do away with harsh mandatory minimum sentences for minor drug offenses. He also bashed New York City police tactic known as “Stop-and-Frisk.”
Eric Holder made voting rights a key part in his agenda as attorney general. During an interview with MSNBC, he declared that “I will use every power that I have, every ability that I have as Attorney General to defend that right to vote.” In late August of 2013, Holder and the Department of Justice sued the state of Texas over voter ID laws. Holder claimed “This represents the Department’s latest action to protect voting rights, but it will not be our last.” He even fought to allow felons to vote after being released from prison.
Eric Holder Legacy
What is Eric Holder’s real legacy