Holder says GOP has made him ‘proxy’ for Obama

Attorney General Eric Holder Attorney General Eric Holder Jacquelyn Martin/AP

In the wake of a contempt of Congress vote held last week, Eric Holder lashed out at Republicans, saying he’s being used as a “proxy” to attack President Obama during an election season, according to The Washington Post.

“I've been doing all of these things all the time Darrell Issa and his band have been nipping at my heels,” Holder told The Post in his first interview since the contempt vote. “They've been nipping, but I've been walking.”

Rep. Issa, R-Calif., Chairman of the House Oversight  and Government Reform Committee, requested documents in the investigation into the failed gun-running program known as “Fast and Furious.” Holder refused and President Obama exerted executive privilege, preventing disclosure of the documents and leading to the contempt vote.

“I've become a symbol of what they don’t like about the positions this Justice Department has taken,” Holder said. “I am also a proxy for the president in an election year. You have to be exceedingly naive to think that vote was about . . . documents.”

 

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