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Gregory Kane: Past time for Eric Holder to go

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Didn't I say, a couple of years back, that the country needs to give Attorney General Eric Holder the boot?

Now comes the news that Holder's Justice Department has secretly obtained the phone records of the Associated Press, a journalistic organization that, supposedly, has First Amendment protection.

Gary Pruitt, the president and chief executive officer at AP, takes that First Amendment stuff seriously. Here's his reaction:

"There can be no possible justification for such an overbroad collection of the telephone communications of The Associated Press and its reporters.

"These records potentially reveal communications with confidential sources across all of the newsgathering activities undertaken by the AP during a two-month period, provide a road map to AP's newsgathering operations and disclose information about AP's activities and operations that the government has no conceivable right to know."

Loosely translated, it sounds like Pruitt was hinting that the Justice Department was doing more than investigating a "leak" of "classified information," which is the official story being given about why the phone records were jacked.

It sounds like Pruitt is accusing the Justice Department of trying to intimidate a free press. If that's the case, that's an impeachable offense.

And the guy that should be impeached is the guy at the very top of the Justice Department, and that would be one Eric Holder.

Let's put the man out of his - and our - misery. Impeach him now, get him out of office and be done with him.

Holder's the guy who came into office ranting about how Americans - he meant "white Americans" but didn't have the guts to say it - are cowards when it comes to discussing race.

That's not an impeachable offense. But it did give us an indication of the kind of attorney general we were getting. And what we got was a guy that played the race card right out of the starting blocks.

The mainstream - by which, yes, I mean "liberal" - media didn't chide Holder enough for tossing out that race card. Nor did they make note that a white attorney general who presided over a Justice Department scandal like "Fast and Furious" would have been forced to resign.

It's been a few years since Holder took office and the revelations about "Fast and Furious" have come to light, but he continues to hang in there.

Holder, arguably, did nothing that warranted impeachment in the "Fast and Furious" controversy. But wouldn't it be nice to have an attorney general who's anti-crime?

Holder, as attorney general, has taken actions that have benefitted, aided and abetted lawbreakers. That's especially true on the matter of illegal immigration.

Illegal immigrants are Holder's favorite group of lawbreakers. In 2010 Arizona passed its SB 1070 law, making it harder for illegal immigrants to swarm over its borders.

Holder's Justice Department hauled the state of Arizona into court, challenging provisions of the law. Holder did the same thing when Alabama passed a similar law.

So the law-abiding citizens of Arizona and Alabama, who have the constitutional right to protect their own borders if the federal government fails to do so - and it has - found that their attorney general sided not with them, but with those that wanted to enter the country illegally.

Now that was an impeachable offense. So is the Justice Department's jack-booting of the AP. And, as the head honcho at the Justice Department, Holder is the one who should be held accountable.

If any heads should roll, it should be his. If anyone needs to resign, it should be him.

And if anyone needs to be impeached, is there anyone more deserving than Holder?

Washington Examiner Columnist Gregory Kane is a Pulitzer nominated news and opinion journalist who has covered people and politics from Baltimore to the Sudan.

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