Former Attorney General Eric Holder — one of the most controversial Cabinet members of the Obama administration, found in contempt of Congress by a bipartisan vote and even threatened with impeachment — is doing a radio ad for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in South Carolina.
In the ad, Holder even makes some incendiary warnings about what would happen if a Republican is elected president:
If the Republicans win, we’ll all lose. They want to roll back the clock on civil rights. They want to make it harder for African-Americans to vote — not easier. And they’ve got no plan to deal with gun violence or any of the issues we’re facing in our communities.
“She’s fought her whole life for children, to protect civil rights, voting rights, and today, Hillary is pushing hard for tougher gun laws and police accountability,” the ad continues.
As attorney general, Holder withheld thousands of documents from Congress in the Fast and Furious investigation. The House voted 255-67 in favor of a criminal contempt resolution, with 17 Democrats joining Republicans, and 258-95 for a civil contempt resolution, including 21 Democrats. Operation Fast and Furious was a botched gun-walking program that allowed about 2,000 guns to flow from the United States to Mexican drug-trafficking organizations. The program was halted when one of the guns was found at the murder scene of a U.S. Border Patrol agent.
He also came under fire for dismissing the voter intimidation case against the New Black Panther Party in 2009.
Holder was also involved in numerous other scandals dating back to his time in the Clinton Justice Department, including having played a significant role in President Bill Clinton’s pardon of fugitive financier Marc Rich and working out the pardon of the Armed Forced of National Liberation, or the FALN, terrorists.
Here’s the transcript of the Hillary Clinton ad with Holder:
This is former Attorney General Eric Holder. Serving under President Obama was one of the proudest moments of my life, and I believe it’s so important that we build on the progress that he’s made.
But if the Republicans win, we’ll all lose. They want to roll back the clock on civil rights. The want to make it harder for African Americans to vote—not easier. And they’ve got no plan to deal with gun violence or any of the issues we’re facing in our communities.
I’ve served with Hillary Clinton in the president’s cabinet and I’ve known her for almost 25 years.
She’s fought her whole life for children, to protect civil rights, voting rights, and today, Hillary is pushing hard for tougher gun laws and police accountability.
South Carolina—if you want to build on the progress that we’ve made and make sure Republicans don’t take us backward, help Hillary move us forward.