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April 01, 2009

Holder Should be Reminded of His Oath

Drew wrote about the Attorney General's disregard for the U.S. Constitution this morning and about how the A.G. doesn't care whether a law is constitutional, but only whether a non-frivolous argument can be made in court. I want to emphasize something.

As an attorney, Eric Holder has sworn several oaths. When he was admitted to a state bar association he swore to uphold and defend the laws and the constitution of that state. When he was admitted to practice in any federal court he swore to uphold and defend the laws of the United States and the U.S. Constitution. And when he became Attorney General he swore again.

Just two months ago Holder took the oath:

I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter.

To some attorneys these are just words, not binding. Some attorneys are despicable creatures who do not admit any allegiance that stands in the way of their ambition. Today it turns out that Eric Holder is one of those attorneys.

That man stood and took the same oath that I did and it meant nothing to him. I am ashamed.


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