95 Facts About Eric Holder

1. Eric Holder made history by being appointed as the first African-American US Attorney General under President Barack Obama, and today is his birthday.

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2. In May 2009, Eric Holder visited Barbados and met with government representatives from across the Caribbean.

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3. Eric Holder vowed to continue to monitor the impact of the law.

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4. Eric Holder said, "Many of those without IDs would have to travel great distances to get them—and some would struggle to pay for the documents they might need to obtain them.

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5. Eric Holder went on to say that "We have to honor the generations that took extraordinary risks" to achieve the right to vote.

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6. Eric Holder was officially confirmed by the entire Senate on February 2, 2009, by a vote of 75 to 21 becoming the nation's first African-American Attorney General.

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7. Eric Holder was formally nominated on January 20, 2009 and was overwhelmingly approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee on January 28 with a bipartisan vote of 17 to 2.

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8. Eric Holder represented the NFL during its dog fighting investigation against Michael Vick.

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9. Eric Holder was a US Attorney until his elevation to Deputy Attorney General in 1997.

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10. Eric Holder was the first black American US Attorney in that office.

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11. Eric Holder was succeeded as Attorney General by Loretta Lynch in April 2015.

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12. Eric Holder was a close ally and confidant of Obama's and was selected as President Obama's first Attorney General.

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13. Eric Holder buying a red-eye flight to a country with no extradition treaty with the USA.

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14. Eric Holder tweeted from an undisclosed foreign country that does not have an extradition treaty with the US.

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15. Eric Holder deserves to die, along with all his Obama admin cronies.

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16. Eric Holder answered, "Yeah, I'm thinking about it but I've not made any determinations.

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17. Eric Holder interrupted, "If he will promise to be my press secretary I might consider it.

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18. Eric Holder said Trump supporters' attacks on the FBI could have long-term consequences, such as when jurors need to weigh the credibility of an agent's testimony in a criminal prosecution.

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19. Eric Holder said there were things that he and Obama didn't talk about, and that his "guess" is that there were more than a few decisions that Obama disagreed with.

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20. Eric Holder said it "would be a good thing" for Trump "to have a relationship and treat the Justice Department in the same way that President Obama" treated it.

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21. Eric Holder has publicly acknowledged being a part of that action.

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22. Eric Holder was then among the leaders of the Student Afro-American Society, which demanded that the former ROTC office be renamed the "Malcolm X Lounge.

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23. Eric Holder took part in an "armed occupation" of a building at Columbia University.

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24. Eric Holder was Attorney General at the time of the leaks, not stepping down until 2015.

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25. Eric Holder said that Snowden, who is currently living in Moscow, should come back to the US to face charges.

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26. Eric Holder told Axelrod that Snowden did hurt American interests though.

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27. Eric Holder rarely speaks publicly about his children; a 1 March 2001 article in The Washington Post.

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28. Eric Holder was the first African-American to serve as Attorney General.

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29. Eric Holder is a graduate of Columbia University and Columbia Law School (1976).

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30. On December 23, 2011, the Eric Holder-led DOJ issued a ruling legalizing non-sports betting via the Internet.

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31. On June 28, 2012, Eric Holder became the first sitting member of the Cabinet of the United States to be held in criminal contempt of Congress by the House of Representatives for refusing to disclose internal Justice Department documents in response to a subpoena.

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32. On November 8, 2011, Eric Holder stated for the first time in Congressional testimony that "gunwalking" was used in Fast and Furious.

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33. On May 3, 2011, Attorney General Eric Holder testified to the House Judiciary Committee that he did not know who approved Fast and Furious, but that it was being investigated.

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34. Eric Holder was held to be in both criminal contempt and civil contempt.

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35. Eric Holder met with Issa in June 2012, and offered to provide the documents that had been requested, but only if assurances were given that it would resolve the dispute.

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36. Eric Holder worked on several other key areas while he was Attorney General.

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37. In 2004, Eric Holder assisted with brokering a deal for Chiquita Brands International with the Justice Department.

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38. Eric Holder was promoted in 1997 to the position of Deputy Attorney General.

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39. In 1993, Eric Himpton Eric Holder accepted an appointment as United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, which meant stepping down from his position on the bench.

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40. In 1988, Eric Holder was selected by President Ronald Reagan to be appointed as a judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.

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41. Eric Holder is an American attorney who served as the the 82nd Attorney General of the United States, from 2009 to 2015.

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42. Eric Holder said that laws about voter IDs could have a disparate impact on minorities.

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43. In 1997 Eric Holder was named deputy attorney general, the second highest official at the Justice Department.

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44. Eric Holder was appointed and confirmed as the 82nd US attorney general in 2009, making him the first African-American attorney general in history.

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45. In 1997, Eric Holder made history yet again when President Clinton nominated him to be the deputy attorney general.

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46. Eric Holder was then nominated by President Bill Clinton to serve as the US attorney for Washington, DC in 1993.

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47. In 1988, Eric Holder was nominated by former President Ronald Reagan to become an associate judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.

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48. Eric Holder got into the prestigious Stuyvesant High School, an hour-and-a-half commute from his home, which pulled him even farther away from his neighborhood friends and community.

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49. Eric Holder was born on January 21, 1951 in New York City.

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50. Eric Holder received an honorary Doctor of Laws from his alma mater, Columbia University, in May 2017.

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51. Eric Holder delivered the commencement address at Harvard Law School in May 2012 and at the UC Berkeley School of Law in May 2013.

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52. In May 2009 Eric Holder visited Barbados and met with government representatives from across the Caribbean.

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53. On May 19, 2009, Eric Holder was chosen by his alma mater, Columbia College, to be its Class Day Speaker.

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54. On May 22, 2011, Eric Holder delivered the commencement address at the University of Virginia School of Law.

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55. On May 16, 2010, Eric Holder delivered the commencement address at Boston University, for both the all-university ceremony and the School of Law.

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56. Eric Holder has been involved with various mentoring programs for inner-city youth.

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57. Eric Holder announced his resignation on September 25, 2014, citing personal reasons.

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58. On March 6, 2013, Eric Holder testified to the Senate Judiciary Committee that the size of large financial institutions has made it difficult for the Justice Department to bring criminal charges when they are suspected of crimes, because such charges can threaten the existence of a bank and therefore their interconnectedness may endanger the national or global economy.

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59. On June 28, 2012, Eric Holder became the first US Attorney General in history to be held in both criminal and civil contempt.

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60. Eric Holder said he offered to provide the documents to Issa on the condition that Issa provided his assurance that doing so would satisfy the committee subpoenas and resolve the dispute.

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61. Eric Holder said, "When you compare what people endured in the South in the '60s to try to get the right to vote for African Americans, to compare what people subjected to that with what happened in Philadelphia… I think does a great disservice to people who put their lives on the line for my people.

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62. Eric Holder gave a speech on racism on February 18, 2009, during Black History Month.

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63. Eric Holder is opposed to the Bush administration's implementation of the Patriot Act, saying it is "bad ultimately for law enforcement and will cost us the support of the American people.

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64. In March 2011, Eric Holder left open the possibility that the Guantanamo Bay detention camp might remain open beyond President Obama's first term.

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65. Eric Holder has stated that he favors closing the Guantanamo Bay detention camp; in 2002 he said that the detainees are not technically entitled to Geneva Convention protections.

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66. Eric Holder said his Deputy Attorney General, James Cole was in charge of the AP investigation and would've ordered the subpoenas.

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67. Eric Holder testified under oath to the House Judiciary Committee that he had recused himself from these leak investigations to avoid any appearance of a conflict of interest.

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68. Eric Holder spoke at a press conference afterwards, celebrating the largest single-day operation against the Mafia in United States history.

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69. Eric Holder was praised for his efforts to repair the damage caused by the affair, which was seen as "a profound embarrassment for the Justice Department.

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70. Eric Holder issued a statement reading: "After careful review, I have concluded that certain information should have been provided to the defense for use at trial.

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71. In May 2011, Eric Holder set aside the decision to deport Paul Dorman, an Irish man who was in a same-sex partnership with a New Jersey citizen.

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72. Eric Holder has advocated for the interests of the 36,000 same-sex partnerships where Americans are in relationships with non-US citizens.

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73. In February 2012, Eric Holder reaffirmed his position and stated that the DOJ would not defend DOMA in a legal challenge brought by members of the US military, who were seeking benefits for their same-sex spouses, including: medical insurance, visitation rights in military hospitals and survivor benefits.

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74. Eric Holder cited changing law in support of his action: "Much of the legal landscape has changed in the 15 years since Congress passed DOMA.

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75. Eric Holder had recommended this course of action to the President, arguing that the Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional, as laws that prohibit the marriage of gay couples do not meet the legal principle of strict scrutiny.

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76. In February 2011, Eric Holder announced that the DOJ would no longer defend cases involving the Defense of Marriage Act in court.

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77. In May 2010, Eric Holder expressed concerns over reports he had received regarding Arizona SB 1070, an Arizona immigration law.

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78. In April 2013, Eric Holder vowed to continue to enforce federal voting rights laws within the scope of his power, regardless of how the United States Supreme Court decided in the pending case regarding voting rights.

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79. Eric Holder said, "Many of those without IDs would have to travel great distances to get them—and some would struggle to pay for the documents they might need to obtain them.

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80. In a speech before the NAACP in July 2012, Eric Holder went on to say that the Texas voter ID laws were a "political pretext to disenfranchise American citizens of their most precious right.

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81. In 2011, Eric Holder said, "The reality is that in jurisdictions across the country, both overt and subtle forms of discrimination remain all too common.

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82. Eric Holder is a staunch proponent of defending the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which was reauthorized in 2006 with bipartisan support.

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83. Eric Holder vowed to work closer with African officials to stop terrorism, and announced that the FBI would be providing a team of forensic specialists to help assist in the investigation of the terrorist bombings in Kampala during the World Cup.

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84. In July 2010, Eric Holder attended a heads of state summit of the African Union in Kampala, Uganda, where he told African leaders that the US would continue to support the African Union peacekeeping mission in Somalia.

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85. Eric Holder testified that the operation to kill bin Laden was legal, stating that international law allows for targeting enemy commanders.

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86. In May 2011, Eric Holder testified before Congress on the legality of the operation in which US special forces killed Osama bin Laden earlier that month.

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87. In late 2007, Eric Holder joined then-Senator Barack Obama's presidential campaign as a senior legal advisor.

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88. Eric Holder represented Chiquita in the civil action that grew out of this criminal case.

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89. In 2004, Eric Holder helped negotiate an agreement with the Justice Department for Chiquita Brands International in a case that involved Chiquita's payment of "protection money" to the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia, a group on the US government's list of foreign terrorist organizations.

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90. Eric Holder said that he was told that Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak had asked Clinton to grant the pardon.

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91. Eric Holder served on The George Washington University's Board of Trustees in 1996 and 1997.

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92. Eric Holder stepped down from the bench in 1993 to accept an appointment as United States Attorney for the District of Columbia from President Bill Clinton.

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93. In 1969, while a freshman at Columbia, Eric Holder was one of several dozen students who staged an occupation of the Reserve Officers' Training Corps office, renaming it as the Malcolm X student center.

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94. Eric Holder received his JD degree from Columbia Law School, graduating in 1976.

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95. Eric Holder previously served as a judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia and as United States Attorney for the District of Columbia.

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