Michael Eric Dyson on Holder: ‘He's the Moses of Our Time and At Least for This Administration’

By Craig Millward | May 31, 2013 | 1:39 PM EDT

MSNBC contributor, radio host and Georgetown University Professor Michael Eric Dyson (AP Photo)

(CNSNews.com) - During an appearance on “Martin Bashir” on Thursday, MSNBC contributor, radio host and Georgetown University Professor Michael Eric Dyson said Eric Holder “shouldn’t give up his office” and “he is the Moses of our time.”

“I think the attorney general should step down too, off of that plateau where he resides in high principle and whip some head, but he shouldn’t give up his office. What he should understand is that he is the chief law giver of the United States of America, so to speak. He's the Moses of our time, and at least for this administration,” Dyson said when asked whether Holder should resign.


Bashir asked Dyson, “Professor, we just saw Mr. [James] Sensenbrenner say the attorney general should step down. Congressman Bob Goodlatte, the chairman of the House

Judiciary Committee, is also calling for resignation – of course he did that two years ago over Fast and Furious. So is this actually going to lead to something, do you think, or just more of the same, more continuous calls for the attorney general to stand down?”

After saying Holder should not resign, Dyson attacked conservatives for going after Holder, saying, “So yes, some people want to put him outside of the ark of the legal community. That's just ridiculous. He is the bully— he is in one sense the whipping boy for so much of the frustration of the right-wing.

“As Joy Reid has brilliantly indicated, their inability to reconcile themselves to the fact they lost the election means that they will be perennially pursuing a person like an Eric Holder. In a sense they perceive him to be the most vulnerable. They attack him, but I think what he has to do is continue to hold fast.”

Dyson went on to say that it is not against the law to leak classified information, and “what we need to do is shore up the law, not figure out how to scandalize the name of Eric Holder or President Obama.”

Holder and the Department of Justice have come under fire recently over seizing phone records from the Associated Press and tracking e-mails and phone records of Fox News reporter James Rosen.