Holder To The Senate Hot Seat: Can He Survive Resignation Calls?


Attorney General Eric Holder, who heads to the Senate Appropriations Committee today, has been a lightning rod for the president’s fiercest critics. NPR says he’s on the hot seat with a crisis of his own making: the Justice Department’s aggressive stance toward reporters in national security leak cases. Says former spokeswoman Tracy Schmaler: “With some members of Congress – particularly some Republicans – the attorney general has been a favorite target of theirs, partly because he is the perfect proxy for the president.” Holder has survived close calls, including uproar over his now-reversed decision to try Sept. 11 attack plotters in New York City; controversy over civil rights cases; and the gun-trafficking scandal known as Fast and Furious. The difference now is that the tactics against reporters have alienated the president’s political base and prompted even liberal outlets like The Huffington Post to demand his resignation.

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