News broke this week that Attorney General Eric Holder is stepping down from his post but that wasn’t the most surprising news of the week. MSNBC host and activist Al Sharpton claimed he was involved in the process of selecting Holder’s replacement. There are numerous problems with this scenario, if true - the biggest being that someone might actually be listening to Al Sharpton.
Critics are drawing a connection between a federal judge’s recent decision to deny the Justice Department’s request to delay the release of a list of Fast and Furious documents and Attorney General Eric Holder’s impending resignation.
U.S. District Court Judge John D. Bates ruled against the DOJ Thursday, denying a request to delay the release of a list of Fast and Furious documents known as a “Vaughn index.” The information has been withheld from Congress and the public under President Barack Obama’s assertion of executive privilege.
Later on Thursday, it was reported that Holder intends to step down as attorney general after his successor is selected.
"So some are speculating, well, maybe [the documents] are really embarrassing to this [Holder]. Would that surprise anybody? Certainly wouldn't surprise me. And so that's why he's stepping down now, to avoid, you know, having to do it later. And avoid embarrassing the president any further," Pat said.
"Are we going to be sorry to see him go? Not me. Not me," he added.
While Pat certainly wasn't sad to see Holder go, news that Al Sharpton might be involved in picking the replacement makes the news a little more concerning.
"In a newly released statement, this is kind of interesting, Al Sharpton announced that he and his organization, the National Action Network, were, quote, engaged in immediate conversations with the White House on deliberations over a successor whom we hope will continue in the general direction of Attorney General Eric Holder," Pat said.
Al Sharpton has said to Business Insider, "We did not say we are in the decision making. We are in conversation to reach out to them to have meetings about what we want to see in a successor."
"Like who cares -- what does he have to do with it?," Pat said. "What does Al Sharpton, host at whatever, 7:00 or 8:00 or whatever he's on, MSNBC, who cares what successor he wants? Shut up."
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