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Former Prosecutor Burns: Holder 'an Unmitigated Disaster' on Political Side of Job

By    |   Tuesday, 27 August 2013 01:30 PM

Former federal prosecutor Doug Burns has a harsh assessment of how Attorney General Eric Holder has handled the political side of his job.

"On the straight law enforcement side, Eric Holder has been a perfectly acceptable attorney general," Burns told Newsmax TV in an exclusive interview.

"On the political side he's been an absolute, unmitigated disaster, because the point is the attorney general owes tremendous allegiance politically to any president."

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The attorney general's job is not supposed to be political, Burns notes. "It's not to help the president with politics, it's not to help the president become more popular politically," he said.

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Holder said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal last week that he plans to announce new cases related to the financial crisis in coming months.

"Any time an attorney general says I'm doing this big new initiative, and it's great and wonderful, there's really very little practicality nexus to what's going to happen down the road," Burns said.

"I will say, however, that there have been some very positive developments, not necessarily attributable to Eric Holder. The placement of Mary Jo White as head of the Securities and Exchange Commission is a fantastic move."

She has true prosecutorial expertise, Burns says. "As far as the rest of it, I don't pay a lot of attention to pontifications about we're doing a big new case. It really is meaningless essentially."

Meanwhile, bank analyst Dick Bove of Rafferty Capital Markets says someone from above is coordinating the series of legal actions against JPMorgan Chase, the country's biggest bank.

"I partially agree, and I partially disagree" with that assessment, Burns said. "The reality is that we have 93 U.S. Attorney's offices around the country. Each U.S. Attorney has a pretty good amount of autonomous authority to do cases."

For example, Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney for the southern district of New York, isn't necessarily reporting to Washington on every one of his cases, Burns says.

"There are complicated DOJ rules about certain things that must be approved in Washington -- cases against political figures, subpoenas against the press," he said.

"The reality is that I don't think there's necessarily a coordinated effort in Washington on every case," but that doesn't mean Bove is wrong, Burns said. "Sometimes it does get up to the deputy attorney general level and the attorney general level. It depends."

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