• GAG: Holder Calls His Tenure A ‘Golden Age’ for the Justice Department

    Attorney General Eric Holder said goodbye to the Justice Department on Friday and referred to his tenure at the Department of Justice as its “golden age.”

    “I said earlier that when we celebrated Robert Kennedy’s 50th anniversary of his swearing in 2011, people said that was the golden age for the United States Department of Justice,” Holder told a crowd of current and former officials gathered in the Great Hall at Justice Department headquarters. “Well, I think 50 years from now, maybe even sooner than that, people will look at the work you all did and say this was another golden age. That’s how good you all are.”

    “This department is restored.” he said. “It’s restored to what it always was and certainly was when I got here and what it must always be: free of politicization, focused on mission and making sure that justice is done without any kind of political interference from outsiders.”

    He made no reference to the controversies that have dogged him during his six years or of being the first sitting cabinet member held in contempt of Congress in 2012 for refusing to turn over documents about the Justice Department’s response to the Fast and Furious “gunwalking” scandal.

    He was most passionate about the issue of civil rights during his farewell speech, particularly, the Justice Department’s drive against state voter ID law.

    “The thing that I think in some ways animates me, angers me, is this whole notion about protecting the right to vote,” Holder said. “The notion that we somehow go back and put in place things that make it difficult, more difficult for our fellow citizens to vote is simply inconsistent with all that is good about this country. It is something that I was bound to fight … The right to vote must be protected.”

    Loretta Lynch will take over the department following the Senate’s 56-43 confirmation vote Thursday.

    Alicia Powe

    Staff Writer

    Alicia Powe is a staff writer for Daily Surge. She worked in the War Room of the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee and served as a White House Intern during the George W. Bush administration. Alicia has written for numerous outlets, including Human Events, Media Research Center and Townhall.com.

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