Holder claims ‘vast amount’ of discretion in enforcing federal laws

by Benjamin Goad, The Hill
April 9, 2014

Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday that he has a “vast amount” of discretion in how the Justice Department prosecutes the laws that are on the books.

Holder’s remarks, during testimony before the House Judiciary Committee, came in response to GOP accusations that he is flouting the law with its positions on marijuana legalization and criminal sentencing.

Leading the questioning was House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), who asked Holder whether he believed there were any limits to the administration’s prosecutorial discretion.

“There is a vast amount of discretion that a president has — and more specifically that an attorney general has,” Holder responded. “But that discretion has to be used in an appropriate way so that your acting consistent with the aims of the statute but at the same time making sure that you are acting in a way that is consistent with our values, consistent with the Constitution and protecting the American people.”

Republicans on the panel grilled Holder on the Obama administration’s decision not to interfere with marijuana legalization efforts in Colorado and elsewhere, as long as states establish adequate regulations.

8 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • floramae says:

    What a piece of filthy work this jackal is.

  • David in MA says:

    “Holder claims ‘vast amount’ of discretion in enforcing federal laws”
    Only a corrupt and compromised atty. gen. would dare say this.

  • David in MA says:

    Put this contempt of Congress jackazz in the cell next to Lerner’s.

  • geneiup says:

    I think the Attorney GENERAL could have agendas like reopening the assassiniation of a president & other political leaders, 911 ,banking scandals ,war crimes and poisoning people with GMOs . But ending medicial hemp is his big policy. Maybe he should relax and watch captain AMERICA or something.

    1. geneiup says:

      Maybe he could go on his computer and put in DUCKDUCDGO.com and search projectpaperclip.

      1. geneiup says:

        sorry thats duckduckgo.com

  • Peter Locke says:

    Don’t like Holder, don’t like Obama. Don’t like Federal (especially) drug laws that make drugs so profitable. Back before the ‘War On Drugs’ we had less of a drug problem! The illegality of drugs has MADE them immensely profitable, enabling drug lords to pay of politicians to keep drugs illegal.

  • CTH says:

    Eric Holder id s jsckass and a jerk of the first order. He should be impeached and removed from office.

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