Andrew McCarthy makes the blunt case against Eric Holder as Attorney General:
Letâ€™s be blunt here: The Marc Rich pardon was one of the most disgraceful chapters in the history of the Justice Department. Not the modern history, the entire history. Rich was accused of mega-crimes: millions in fraud, tax-evasion, and trading with the Americaâ€™s enemies. In 2000, he was a fugitive. He had been one for nearly two decades, during which the government had expended mega-resources in a futile attempt to apprehend him.
Mind you, flitting from country to country to avoid prosecution, as Rich was doing, is itself a felony. When Eric Holder aided and abetted Richâ€™s pardon effort, he was not only grossly violating the Justice Department policy it was his job to uphold; he was dealing with the agents of someone who was actively committing a serious federal crime. Thatâ€™s why, when prosecutors deal with a fugitiveâ€™s representatives, the appropriate question is: â€œWhen is he going to turn himself in?â€ Itâ€™s not, as Holder essentially asked, â€œWhat can I do to help?