Eric Holder’s Flubs Set Stage For Confirmation Clash

The rocky tenure of outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder, which led to frequent clashes with Republicans and even a House vote to hold the Justice Department chief in contempt of Congress, is likely to mean a contentious confirmation battle regardless of the nominee President Obama names as Holder’s successor.

“Not even Obama himself irritates Republicans as much as Eric Holder,” said Republican strategist Ford O’Connell.

A series of scandals from the DOJ’s handling of the IRS Tea Party-targeting audit scandal to the controversial “Fast and Furious” gun-running operation that led to the House contempt charge caused frequent clashes between Holder and GOP lawmakers. Holder’s refusal to defend the Defense of Marriage Act provision that prohibited federal recognition of same-sex marriage led House Republicans to fight challenges to the law all the way to the Supreme Court, an effort that was ultimately unsuccessful.

Read more from Kimberly Atkins at The Boston Herald

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