Holder's Baggage

by Chris Bodenner

Jason Zengerle offers another reason why Holder, according to Marc, "really had no choice" but to appoint a special prosecutor:

Remember, the biggest question about Holder prior to his becoming attorney general was whether he would be sufficiently independent of the presidentan independence, his critics maintained, that he failed to demonstrate in his handling of the Marc Rich pardon [...]. Given those question--and Obama's oft-stated desire to look forward rather than backward on the torture issue--Holder couldn't afford to look as if he was doing the president’s bidding by not investigating the CIA. [...] The irony, of course, is that some of the very same conservatives currently attacking Holder for investigating the CIA were earlier attacking him for having insufficient political independence.