Barack Obama has selected Eric Holder, the former Deputy Attorney General under the Clinton Administration, to be his Attorney General. Perhaps this pick highlights Obama’s anticipation of need for an AG ripe with the experience to pardon felons and terrorists, many of whom BO likes to work with closely.

The National Review Online provides a quick rundown of Holder’s disgraceful laundry list of pardons, starting with the fugitive Marc Rich whose wife bought his freedom with donations to Clinton:

Much has been made, and appropriately so, of Holder’s untoward performance in the final corrupt act of the Clinton administration: the pardons issued in the departing president’s final hours. Of these, most notorious is the case of Marc Rich, an unrepentant fugitive wanted on extensive fraud, racketeering, and trading-with-the-enemy charges — but granted a pardon nonetheless thanks to the intercession of his ex-wife, a generous donor to Clinton’s library and legal-defense fund.

Holder’s role was aptly described as “unconscionable” by a congressional committee. He steered Rich’s allies to retain the influential former White House counsel Jack Quinn (Holder later conceded he hoped Quinn would help him become attorney general in a Gore administration); he helped Quinn directly lobby Clinton, doing an end-run around the standard pardon process (including DOJ’s pardon attorney); and he kept the deliberations hidden from the district U.S. attorney and investigative agencies prosecuting Rich so they couldn’t learn about the pardon application and register their objections.

Don’t forget Holder’s pardoning of Weather Underground terrorist buddies of BO’s “family friend” William Ayers:

Equally noxious were the stealthy pardons of Susan Rosenberg and Linda Evans — Weather Underground terrorists associated with Obama’s friends Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn — issued on the same day as the Rich pardon. Rosenberg and Evans had been serving decades-long sentences for bombings targeting American government facilities. With Holder again helping to circumvent the pardon process and to evade objections from prosecutors, the terrorists’ jail terms were commuted just weeks after the bombing of the U.S.S. Cole.

I guess this is more of that “change” BO promised but turned out just to mean “rollback” of the Clinton administration. Read the rest of NRO’s article here.

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