Book Forum

Obama’s Enforcer: Eric Holder’s Justice Department

(Broadside Books, 2014)

June 12, 2014 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM EDT

Policy Center with Foyer

Featuring the author Hans A. von Spakovsky, Senior Legal Fellow, Heritage Foundation; with comments by J. Christian Adams, Former Justice Department Attorney, 2005–2010; moderated by Trevor Burrus, Research Fellow, Center for Constitutional Studies, Cato Institute.

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Attorney General Eric Holder’s Department of Justice has faced much criticism in the past six years. From “Fast and Furious” to the surveillance of Fox News reporter James Rosen, Holder has attracted the ire of congressional Republicans, and even some Democrats. In 2012 Holder became the first sitting cabinet member in American history to be held in contempt by Congress. In their new book, Obama’s Enforcer: Eric Holder’s Justice Department Hans von Spakovsky of the Heritage Foundation and John Fund of National Review argue that Holder’s Justice Department has become an enclave of radical progressive legal activism that serves as a heat shield to protect the Obama administration. In addition, argue the authors, Holder’s DOJ helps push the administration’s hidden agenda, from the war on Fox News to the targeting of Tea Party groups. Join us for a discussion of the book with Hans von Spakovsky and comments by former DOJ official J. Christian Adams.