Many people are reading things into the announcement of the resignation of Eric Holder as Attorney General.
Myself, I don’t believe that his resignation is directed related to all or any of the political scandals. Given the tenures of previous AGs, the time on the job is statistically in line with other AG tenures. Health which is connected to stress and workload play a role as well. Also given how the most recent Senates have filibustered not for cause but admittedly pure political partisanship reasons which necessitated the nuclear option being invoked for lower level appointments just to enable some “minor” issues like legislation to be brought to the Floor, any AG confirmation which would not fall under nuclear option procedures is bound to be long and tedious even if the candidate were agreeable to everyone in the Chamber.
I’ve written before about these scandals and the issues regarding procedural inabilities to actually investigate regardless of whether transgressions took place.
People may be applauding the latest concerning Fast and Furious, and it is popular among a segment of the population.
To define the legalese with the development as reported in the Blaze, a Vaughn index must: 1) identify each document withheld; 2) state the statutory exemption claimed; and 3) explain how disclosure would damage the interests protected by the claimed exemption.
Item 1 is a seemingly endless list, but items 2 and 3 for everything listed in Item 1 can be answered with Tiahrt, so this has zero to do with the resignation because nothing can legally be done. All of the rumble concerning the usage of Executive Privilege distracts from the simplicity of Tiahrt.
Personally I think that by this date enough time has passed to release the majority if not all the information related to Fast and Furious without putting any lives at risk or endangering ongoing or future operations. Through the process of attaching riders to must pass legislation, however, Congress outlawed the disclosure of any such information.
Supporters of Tiahrt will argue that it does not apply in this case since Congress wants the material, but Congress is not a law enforcement agency. On the other hand, people like Pavlich in my opinion have played to their audience by telling them what they wanted to hear in order to coerce people to buy more books.
Here is the NRA-ILA defense of Tiahrt and unfortunately this law in reality only made it easier to protect a few gun sellers making large and highly questionable sales without having any paperwork. Thanks to Congress we won’t know what the DOJ actually did, and they or anyone can do it again according to the laws Congress passed and made permanent. If Holder is guilty, the NRA lobby helped push legislation to prevent any real investigation or prosecution and that’s the sad truth and all the general public is ever going know about this event.
Given the influence of the gun lobby, I doubt if any fear concerning Fast and Furious would push Eric Holder or anyone to resign. Even common sense procedures such as accounting for one’s inventory are regarded as Second Amendment violations, and under that type of attitude neither Eric Holder nor anyone else for good or bad has to worry about prosecution.
Could it be that special interest groups might argue rights as the reason, but that rights really refer the rights to enable the greatest profit margin and volume of sales? Nah, that’s just free enterprise.