Sharpton: AG Eric Holder Is Being Stopped And Frisked by the House

Thursday, June 21, 2012

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder (Mark Wilson/Getty)

Rev. Al Sharpton said Attorney General Eric Holder has been “stopped and frisked” by members of a House Committee that voted Wednesday to hold him in Contempt of Congress.

In a column for the HuffingtonPost, Sharpton referred to the controversial NYPD practice and said Holder was targeted “without probable cause” and was “made an example of.”

“AG Holder has been mishandled just like the young Black and Latino men (and women) who are demonized on our streets everyday,” he wrote.

On Thursday, House Republican officials said they're willing to negotiate an end to a potential constitutional confrontation in a document dispute, but only if the Obama administration turns over more emails and memos about the flawed "Fast and Furious" gun-tracking operation.

The Obama administration invoked a legal stance to prevent turning over the documents and the confrontation was elevated to the White House and the top House GOP leadership.

Holder called the contempt vote “unwarranted, unnecessary and unprecedented,” but  said the administration had given the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee a proposal to negotiate an end to the conflict.

"I think the possibility still exists that it can happen in that way," Holder said. "The proposal that we have made is still there. The House, I think, the House leadership, has to consider now what they will do, so we'll see how it works out."

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Comments [4]

Sounds like a "stop and frisk" preliminary to a "high tech lynching".

I'm thinking that truly progressive patriots are hoping that President Obama's "information shaper" is on the job concerning this calumny against a career public servant.

Jul. 02 2012 10:28 AM
Pascale Jean-Louis from New York

So the two of you above must think that racism is dead because "we" elected a black president. just as anti-semitism is dead because Hitler is no more. The Republican party has shown its racist back bone since the election of this president, Beginning with there pledge to do everything in their power to make him a one term president even if it leads to the destruction of this country - in their words, "they would rebuild it"., to you lie, to the governor of Arizona waging her finger at our president, to the birthers to the teat party. To this day, no republican leader has the integrity to stand up and acknowledge, that although black the president is a citizen of the United States. Furthermore, no one in the media has had the integrity to ask anyone in the republican leadership that question either and to ask them a yes or no question about the president's leadership. Everyone has prejudice. Racism is the ability to act on that prejudice. Al Sharpton does not wield enough power to be a racist. The republicans however do. Lost in all this is that this program was started and ran during the Bush administration yet none of the members of the Bush administration has been called by this committee from agent to attorney general - and the media does not comment on that. They are complicit in the misinformation as they were with death panels etc.... This investigation has nothing to do with findings of fact and everything to do with putting him in his place. If you have any friends of color, ask them how they have perceived Obama's term - do they detect a racial undertone. Afterall he was blamed for high gas prices now they are falling... where is the credit. We were losing 500 to 800 thousand jobs a month when he took office now we are adding 100's of thousands of jobs a month - any credit. Our stock portfolios were in the crapper now they are mostly recovered and we are above 12000 were is the credit.?

Jun. 28 2012 04:26 AM
Joe Muirhead from Kansas City, MO

To lower myself into the racist slime where the Rev. Al Sharpton resides would beg the comparison between Eric Holder and George Zimmerman. Of course Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was serving his country. Zimmerman has a much better justification that Holder does.

Jun. 21 2012 06:57 PM
Art Vandelay

Ah, Al Sharpton constantly playing the race card like a good racist.

Jun. 21 2012 11:00 AM

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