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Attorney Gen. Eric Holder on the Kansas City Area Shooting: “I Was Horrified”

Eric Holder /doj photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The shooting in the Kansas City area on Sunday at Jewish facilities that killed three was a horrifying reminder of the dangers some hate groups pose.

Attorney Gen. Eric Holder on Monday morning issued a statement on the matter.

“I was horrified to learn of this weekend’s tragic shootings outside Kansas City. These senseless acts of violence are all the more heartbreaking as they were perpetrated on the eve of the solemn occasion of Passover.

“Justice Department prosecutors will work with their state and local counterparts to provide all available support and to determine whether the federal hate crimes statute is implicated in this case.

“No matter what, we will do everything in our power to ensure justice is served in this case on behalf of the victims and their families. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by these heinous acts.”

AG Holder: ATF’s Use of People with Mental Disabilities in Stings ‘Is Crazy’

Holder speaks in Philadelphia/doj photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder lashed out at the ATF’s use and treatment of people with mental disabilities in undercover stings, saying he is “greatly troubled” by the information, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

“The notion that you would use mentally unstable people, you would tattoo them, that you would do ridiculous things like that, it’s absurd and people will be held accountable,” he said. “It’s crazy.”

Holder was testifying before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee and said he wants to get to the bottom of the bungled stings.

Holder’s statements one after a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel investigation found that agents were conducting stings with people with mental disabilities.

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bin Laden’s Son-in-Law Convicted of Conspiracy to Kill Americans

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Sulaiman Abu Ghayth, the son-in-law of Usama bin Laden, and a senior member of al Qaeda, was convicted Wednesday in federal court in Manhattan on three counts, including conspiracy to kill Americans.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder released the following statement: “This verdict is a major milestone in the government’s unrelenting efforts to pursue justice against those involved with the September 11 attacks. I can imagine no more fitting outcome, and no stronger message to those who would harm our nation and its people: that no amount of distance or time can weaken America’s resolve to pursue, capture, and hold them accountable to the fullest extent of the law.

“I want to especially note that this verdict has proven that proceedings such as these can safely occur in the city I am proud to call home, as in other locations across our great nation. It was appropriate that this defendant, who publicly rejoiced over the attacks on the World Trade Center, faced trial in the shadow of where those buildings once stood.

“We never doubted the ability of our Article III court system to administer justice swiftly in this case, as it has in hundreds of other cases involving terrorism defendants. It would be a good thing for the country if this case has the result of putting that political debate to rest. This outcome vindicates the government’s approach to securing convictions against not only this particular defendant, but also other senior leaders of al Qaeda.

AG Holder, FBI Director Among Officials Who Spent $7.8 Million on Personal Trips and Federal Jets

Atty. Gen. Eric Holder Jr.

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Attorney General Eric Holder and former FBI Director Robert Mueller are among senior Justice Department officials who billed taxpayers a combined $7.8 million to use federal aircraft for hundreds of personal trips, the Washington Post reports.

The report by Congress’ nonpartisan Government Accountability Office, which was released Thursday, comes less than three months after Holder came under fire for his use of the FBI jet.

Attorneys general have access to Defense Department aircraft for business and personal travel, the Post wrote.

 

Nearly 2 Weeks Later, FBI Asked to Help Investigate Disappearance of Malaysia Jet

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Nearly two weeks after a Malaysia Airlines jet went missing, the FBI has finally been asked to help.

CBS News reports that Malaysian investigators and the FBI are trying to restore files that were deleted from the home flight simulator of the pilot aboard the plane.

Investigators said Capt. Zaharie Ahmad Shah is considered innocent until proven guilty. His family is cooperating, CBS News reported.

CBS News wrote that it has confirmed the FBI was provided with electronic data to analyze from the flight simulator.

Attorney General Eric Holder confirmed the FBI is prepared to help.

Attorney General Holder to Announce Reductions in Drug Sentences Today

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Saying too many Americans are spending an excessive amount of time behind bars for drugs, the Justice Department is expected to announce a proposal today that would reduce some sentences and relieve overcrowded prisons, Reuters reports.

Attorney General Eric Holder is scheduled to deliver the speech at 9 a.m.

The change would impact about 70% of future drug trafficking defendants.

“Certain types of cases result in too many Americans going to prison for far too long, and at times for no truly good public safety reason,” Holder will tell the commission, according to an excerpt of his speech released ahead of time by the Justice Department.

According to a Justice Department estimate, the average sentence for federal drug offenders would decline from 62 months to 51 months.

AG Holder’s Budget Reflects Desire for Criminal Justice, Prison Reforms

Atty. Gen. Eric Holder Jr.

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Attorney General Eric Holder’s proposed $27.4 billion budget places a priority on criminal justice and prison reform, the Washington Post reports.

The budget reflects Holder’s initiative to reduce the number of low-level drug offenders and crack down on recidivism rates with expanded drug treatment programs.

About $173 million is earmarked for criminal justice reform.

“Each dollar spent on prevention and reentry has the potential to save several dollars in incarceration costs,” Holder said in a statement.

“These wise investments can help make our criminal justice system more effective and efficient.”

Update: Attorney General Eric Holder is Fine and Home From the Hospital

Update: Thursday, 4:30 p.m. — Attorney Gen. Eric Holder was released from the hospital this afternoon.  The Justice Department issued a statement:

“The Attorney General has been discharged from MedStar Washington Hospital Center. He was taken there earlier today as a precaution, after experiencing lightheadedness and shortness of breath during a senior staff meeting at the Justice Department in Washington.

“The Attorney General arrived at the hospital at approximately 10:30 am, and was treated for an elevated heart rate. He received medication that quickly restored his heart rate to a normal level, and after successfully completing a full range of tests, doctors were satisfied that the Attorney General could be discharged.

“He departed the hospital at 1:15 pm. He walked out without any assistance, and has returned home, where he is resting comfortably.

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has a stressful job, and perhaps the stress peeked its head on Thursday.

The Justice Department reported that as a precaution after feeling faint and being short of breath Thursday during a morning staff meeting, Holder was taken MedStar Washington Hospital Center by ambulance. He appears to be doing fine.

The Justice Department issued a statement saying:

“During his regular morning meeting with senior staff, the Attorney General began experiencing symptoms including faintness and shortness of breath. As a precaution, the Attorney General was taken to MedStar Washington Hospital Center to undergo further evaluation. He is currently resting comfortably and in good condition. He is alert and conversing with his doctors. Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.”

He will remain in the hospital for testing, the station reported.