Eric Himpton Holder Jr. (born January 21, 1951) served as the 82nd Attorney General of the United States, from 2009 to 2015. Holder, serving in the administration of President Barack Obama, is the first African American to hold the position of U.S. Attorney General.
Holder previously worked at the premier D.C. law firm of Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C. He was senior legal advisor to Barack Obama during Obama’s presidential campaign and one of three members of Obama’s vice-presidential selection committee. Despite seeming to be a dedicated Democrat, his work involved defending and representing Big Business and GOP luminar
The Covington & Burling website features as one of its services representation against Congressional Investigations. On its 2009 website it stated:
We represented the Republican National Committee in connection with investigations by the House Judiciary Committee and House Oversight and Government Reform Committees regarding US attorney firings and the hosting of e-mail accounts for White House officials.
Eric Holder, now a partner at Covington & Burling, was with the company when they protected the RNC from the investigation into both the U.S. attorney firings and political prosecutions, including the Don Siegelman case. It seems they denied turning over the RNC e-mails (including those of Karl Rove) to the House Judiciary Committee during an investigation. Karl Rove was in contempt of Congress when the team at C&B helped him negotiate a special deal that enabled him to avoid testimony. Following suit, during the Fast and Furious investigation, Holder was the only cabinet member in U.S. history to be held in contempt of Congress.