[Guest post by DRJ]
“[T]he final straw for Holder may be the increasing distance between him and Obama on national security issues.
The White House has relented on its original insistence to prosecute five men accused of plotting the September 11, 2001 attacks before a civilian court in New York City. Strongly defended by Holder, the plan was intended in part as a symbolic gesture to showcase how differently Obama dealt with the prickly subject than his predecessor.
Holder has refused to back away from the plan even as reports suggest the White House will agree to prosecute the five men before a military court in return for Republican support for the closure of the Guantanamo Bay prison camp.”
The AFB article concludes that a “series of gaffes, fights with both Republicans and Democrats, and apparent disagreements between him and the White House have left Holder looking increasingly embattled.”
This is probably the normal conflict that goes along with strong personalities serving in powerful government positions. But it would also be a convenient time for the Obama Administration to use its health care win as cover for easing Holder out as Attorney General.