Co-panelist Armstrong Williams, host of “The Right Side with Armstrong Williams,” argued that Obama was implicitly supporting Holder since the president had given no indication that Holder’s job was in jeopardy. Still, Martin maintained that providing strong support for Holder was vital at a time when the Justice Department faced so many pressing issues.
“The bottom line is one of the reasons I say when we look at these various attacks, you look at what’s happening in Florida when it comes to voter purge,” Martin said.
“You look at the DOJ’s involvement. Look at voter ID laws. At this moment when it comes to the election being months away, it is important to have stability and a strong Department of Justice to ensure that those voting rights are protected. And so that’s why I’m saying, when you have an attorney general who has been taken through — taken to the woodshed, it makes it more difficult when some of these other cases come out. And that’s why I’m still very surprised that I have not seen an even more aggressive defense of him from black leadership considering the fact he is the first African-American attorney general.”