Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) on Thursday cited former attorney general Eric Holder as an example of integrity during the Committee’s fifth public hearing on Jan. 6, but he signed a resolution of “no confidence” in Holder in 2011 for his bias.
Holder, who described himself as President Barack Obama’s “wingman”, presided over Operation Fast and Furious, a botched scheme to smuggle guns to Mexican cartels and track their movements, in an effort to to suppress arms sales. These weapons were later used in numerous crimes, including the murder of US Border Patrol agent Brian Terry. Holder refused to cooperate with a congressional panel investigating Operation Fast and Furious, leading the House to despise him.
The Justice Department, which is currently suing two former Trump aides for refusing to cooperate with the Jan. 6 Committee, declined to prosecute Holder. So Kinzinger and other Republicans signed a “no confidence” motion in 2011.
The motion said, in part:
Whereas, due to Attorney General Holder’s inability to properly control, monitor, or establish Operation Fast and Furious, it is likely that Mexican nationals were killed or injured by weapons sold under this scheme;
Whereas the carnage resulting from Operation Fast and Furious is not limited to Mexico;
While the evidence further suggests that such weapons have been used in the United States and may be involved in
the death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry;
Whereas, in response to congressional requests, the Administration, through Attorney General Holder’s office, initially provided false information to Congress;
Whereas, in response to alcohol, tobacco, and firearms whistleblowers who have come to Congress, the administration, through Attorney General Holder’s office, has retaliated against those whistleblowers; and
Whereas, in response to congressional demands, the administration, through Attorney General Holder’s office, has redacted key information and been intransigent, obstructionist, and stubborn: Now, therefore, let it be
Resolved, That it is the sentiment of the House of Representatives that Congress has lost confidence in the Attorney General of the United States.
On Thursday, Kinzinger cited Holder as an example of political independence, playing a video clip of Holder during his confirmation hearing in 2009, telling Congress he would resign rather than do anything to compromise political independence. of the Ministry of Justice.
I will be an independent attorney general,” Holder said. “I will be the people’s advocate. If, however, there were an issue that I felt was so significant that it would compromise my ability to serve as Attorney General in the manner in which I have described it, as the people’s advocate, I would not hesitate to resign.
The video clip also showed former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, who infamously met former President Bill Clinton on the tarmac of an airport in Arizona while Hillary Clinton was under investigation for mismanagement of confidential emails.
After the video clip of Holder and other former attorneys general aired, Kinzinger said, without irony, “Everyone in that video, from Eric Holder to Jeff Sessions, spoke as part of the department. It is a pride for justice to apply the law without the political interest of the president tainting his actions and dictating the way in which he uses his powers.
Kinzinger was elected in the 2010 Tea Party wave as a conservative champion, before shifting to the left and becoming an opponent of President Donald Trump and a cable news darling. He is retiring after Democrats remove him from his district.
Joel B. Pollak is editor of Breitbart News and host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot Sunday nights from 7-10 p.m. ET (4-7 p.m. PT). He is the author of the recent e-book Neither Free Nor Fair: The 2020 U.S. Presidential Election. His latest book, RED NOVEMBER, tells the story of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary from a conservative perspective. He is the winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.