Eric Holder

Meet California's Face of Federal Government Resistance—Eric Holder?

His Department of Justice prosecuted legal marijuana growers in the Golden State, but that was totally different!


Eric Holder
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When Eric Holder was attorney general for President Barack Obama, the Department of Justice used the federal ban on marijuana possession to arrest and imprison Californians who were legally growing under the state's medical marijuana laws.

But never mind—that Donald Trump sure is a monster! Concerned about what Trump might do to increase enforcement of immigration laws and to loosen environmental regulations, California's state legislature has hired Holder from his law firm, Covington & Burling, to serve as outside legal counsel. Mind you, California has a very powerful and expensive crew of state-level attorneys, but what's an additional $25,000 a month (for now)?

From The New York Times:

[State Senate leader Kevin] de León said he expected California to challenge Washington — and defend itself from policies instituted in Washington — on issues including the environment, immigration and criminal justice. He said California Democrats decided to turn to Mr. Holder as they watched Mr. Trump assemble his cabinet and begin to set the tone for his presidency.

"It was very clear that it wasn't just campaign rhetoric," Mr. de León said of Mr. Trump's proposals over the past year. "He was surrounding himself with people who are a very clear and present danger to the economic prosperity of California."

They're going to fight the Trump administration over differences on criminal justice, they say. But there's no reference to how Holder himself treated California and its citizens when he was attorney general when it came to marijuana enforcement. Or maybe that's the point? Holder knows full well all the awful things the federal government can do to the citizens of California because he used to be the guy doing it?

That Holder oversaw an agency that sent Californians to federal prison even though what they were doing was legal in the state does make one wonder how (or if) the state would respond if the Trump administration were to initiate a new drug war crackdown now that the Justice Dept. has finally actually backed off. Californians just voted in November to legalize recreational marijuana use, but Trump's nominee for attorney general, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), is a noted drug warrior.

Hypocrisy aside, perhaps Holder's involvement will help protect California citizens from harsh federal criminal enforcement. Though, based on the arguments presented by the state, Holder's involvement is also designed to keep the feds from freeing California citizens from the state's massive oppressive regulatory apparatuses on environmental and development issues.

Below, watch ReasonTV detail the federal government's imprisonment of Californian medical marijuana grower Aaron Sandusky under Holder's watch:

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  1. A lawyer adjusts his message according to the client paying him. ->o

    1. Fucking squirrels ate my next sentence about my shocked face. FUCK YOU, SQUIRRELS.

      1. I think that little glory hole emoji told us everything we need to know.

        1. Do your ethics fit inside this hole – then you should consider a career in law!

    2. Where you stand depends on where you sit.

  2. Filed under the ever-expanding subject of:

    “IWDWWDI: It Was Different When We Did It”

  3. Basically it is a way to scam cali taxpayers out of 6 figure salaries

    Not that i care. California elected their insane officials

  4. True but if he had been less aggressive on pot then people would have been more likely the blame every problem in CA on it and that would have created more pressure for Session’s approval. Remember we ain’t playin’ checkers here.

    1. Is there no shape you won’t bend your logic into to defend the piss-poor record of The Lightworker?

    2. Remember we ain’t playin’ checkers here.

      Meanwhile, Hillary still waiting for next move.

      1. Hillary, sitting at the kitchen table in the garish house coat she’d worn for three days, takes a long pull on the glass of gin.
        “Mayor” she mutters. “I could be mayor of fucking New York fucking City.”
        The roomba trundles into the room and starts bouncing between the table and stove.
        Hillary hurls the empty glass at the robot.
        “FUCK YOU! IT WAS MINE!”
        Dislodged, the roomba trundles out of the room.

    3. “Remember we ain’t playin’ checkers here.”

      On the contrary, I just jumped your king.

      1. Knight jumps queen! Bishop jumps queen! Pawns jump queen! *Gangbang*!

  5. Please. This is a Democrat-controlled state throwing taxpayer-funded business to a Democrat attorney who, at some point, will return a portion of the money to California Democrats in the form of campaign contributions. This is everyday business here in New Jersey. The “save us from Trump” BS is the fig leaf they need to justify what they are doing.

  6. “He was surrounding himself with people who are a very clear and present danger to the economic prosperity of California.”

    The what?

    1. “He was surrounding himself with people who are a very clear and present danger to the economic prosperity of California government cronies.”


  7. Shack bringing the alt-text! Nice.

    1. Now I want Shake Shack.

      1. You leave Shacklefurdt alone!

  8. Let us not forget that Mr. Holder is indeed a war criminal. This is a man who gave a speech at Northwestern law school defending the administration’s position that they can totally kill American citizens by drone without any judicial or legislative oversight. The academic Left nodded and smiled and now they’re shutting their pants because a guy who’s ‘mean’ is in office.

    Eric Holder for prison

  9. “He was surrounding himself with people who are a very clear and present danger to the economic prosperity of California.”

    Wait a minute. I thought we were talking about Donald Trump, not Jerry Brown.

    1. I am Governor Jerry Brown
      My aura smiles
      And never frowns
      Soon I will be president…

      Carter Power will soon go away
      I will be Fuhrer one day
      I will command all of you
      Your kids will meditate in school
      Your kids will meditate in school!

      California Uber Alles
      California Uber Alles
      Uber Alles California
      Uber Alles California

      Zen fascists will control you
      100% natural
      You will jog for the master race
      And always wear the happy face

      Close your eyes, can’t happen here
      Big Bro’ on white horse is near
      The hippies won’t come back you say
      Mellow out or you will pay
      Mellow out or you will pay!


      Now it is 1984
      Knock-knock at your front door
      It’s the suede/denim secret police
      They have come for your uncool niece

      Come quietly to the camp
      You’d look nice as a drawstring lamp
      Don’t you worry, it’s only a shower
      For your clothes here’s a pretty flower.

      DIE on organic poison gas
      Serpent’s egg’s already hatched
      You will croak, you little clown
      When you mess with President Brown
      When you mess with President Brown

      1. Biafra’s a flaming leftie, isn’t he? You would think he’d be cool with Brown.

        1. The Democratic Party hasn’t always been as far to the left as it is now.

          1. Brown in that era was more oddball than ideologue.

        2. He re-titled the song “We’ve Got a Bigger Problem Now” the second Reagan won.

          I saw them in 2003, and was happy they’d got a new singer. That way, all they did was play songs and not have 20-minute long rants about political bullshit.

  10. Holder’s crafty plan all along was to bring it down from the inside. Now that the mole has learned all the enemy’s tricks and all its strengths and weaknesses he can safely reveal his true identity as Justice Man! Craven Shitweasel Man was just his alter-ego, a disguise he was forced to adopt to successfully infiltrate the lair of the beast. I gotta admit, he sure had me fooled with the way he played the part so convincingly.

    I wonder who else might be leading such secret double lives? Barry? Hillary? Rahm? Valerie? Donna? You do have to wonder – if they were enemy agents bent on destroying trust and confidence in the institutions of governance, what would they do differently than they did in the name of strengthening those institutions? Hmmmmm….is Alex Jones on top of this?

  11. For the last eight years, the progs have been telling us that resisting the federal government in any way–including even the mildest criticism–is evil and totally crazy. Gee, what changed?

  12. “Or maybe that’s the point? Holder knows full well all the awful things the federal government can do to the citizens of California because he used to be the guy doing it?”

    I agree. That probably makes him the best guy for the job. He knows what the Feds did and best how to stop them.

    How many federal raids on California marijuana dispensaries did Chocolate Nixon allow in his 2nd term in office?

  13. This is like hiring an ex-IRS agent to do your taxes. Except the agent you actually end up with is the one that audited you last year and had you thrown in jail.

  14. I’m sure he’s a capable attorney. It’s who I would recommend California hire.

    1. Ideally, it would be nice to have Darth Vader lead the attack on the second Death Star.

      Jesus, that sentence was so nerdy that i regained my virginity while typing it.

      1. My card Xir:

        Busta Hymen
        Virgin Investigations
        No hole left unplugged

    2. Either him or the lame-ass Solicitor General that SCotUS routinely shredded.

  15. “It was very clear that it wasn’t just campaign rhetoric,” Mr. de Le?n said of Mr. Trump’s proposals over the past year. “He was surrounding himself with people who are a very clear and present danger to the economic prosperity of California.”

    The greatest clear and present danger to the economic prosperity of California is the California state government.

    And the runners up are multiple California city and county governments.

  16. It’ll be hard to serve Cali when you’re sitting in jail on a contempt of Congress charge.

  17. Didn’t Holder argue before the SCOTUS in 2012 that states can’t make any laws regarding immigration, even if they are perfectly aligned with federal law?

    How is he now going to argue the complete and utter opposite on behalf of California?

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