Brokaw: ‘Tough to see how’ Holder holds on to his job

On Sunday’s “Meet the Press,” long-time NBC News personality Tom Brokaw said that in the wake of the various scandals plaguing the Obama administration’s Department of Justice, Attorney General Eric Holder’s role as the nation’s top law enforcement official could be nearing its end.

Brokaw explained it would be in the president’s best interest to clear up these allegations, since Holder’s role has been dominant in media and Republican circles.

“Boy, I think it’s tough to see how he does at this case but it’s up to the president,” Brokaw said. “That — what we’re seeing in The New York Times today is that familiar Washington two-step.  Officially, getting the endorsement of people like David Axelrod and the spokesman for the president but at the same time, there’s another part of that two-step that is going on in which people are saying it would be better if he left.  It would be better for the president to get this cleaned up.  He has become obviously the lightning rod for a lot of the criticism just on this panel and certainly in Republican circles.”

The former anchor of NBC’s “Nightly News” said if it had been the other way around and a Bush attorney general were in the spotlight, the Democrats would be aggressive in their pursuit as well.

“From a political point of view, one of the ways that you can measure the impact of all of this and the fairness of it is think if this had happened in the Bush administration with John Ashcroft as the attorney general,” he added. “You know full well that the Democrats and the left would be going very hard after them with these issues that are in play.”

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