Jeff Sessions drew headlines today with a directive pushing prosecutors to seek the toughest sentence possible – particularly drug cases. This drew a sharp rebuke from one of his predecessors.
Sessions rescinded the [Eric] Holder policy in a memo late Thursday, instructing federal prosecutors across the country to charge defendants with the most serious crimes possible.
“The policy announced today is not tough on crime. It is dumb on crime,” Holder said in a statement obtained by MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow.
The man whose Department of Justice was responsible for the cluster-… well, you know… that was “Operation Fast and Furious” is scolding someone else about being dumb on crime.
Under Holder, federal prosecutors and the ATF allowed multiple members of Mexican drug trafficking organizations to buy and walk off with guns. The gun-walking scandal blew up in the Department of Justice’s face when the guns appeared in various crimes, including the murder of ICE agent Jamie Zapata.
I am sure, given how much of a roaring success Justice was under Holder, that Sessions feels the sting of rebuke and will change his ways.