Justice Department bias in Travyon Martin case?

This is a rush transcript from "Hannity," April 11, 2012. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.


ERIC HOLDER, ATTORNEY GENERAL: I can assure you that in this investigation, and in all cases, we will examine the facts and the law. If we find evidence of a potential federal criminal civil rights crime, we will take appropriate action, and at every step the facts and the law will guide us forward.


SEAN HANNITY, HOST: That was Attorney General Eric Holder promising to take action if his department finds if George Zimmerman broke any federal laws when he shot Trayvon Martin. And now, as we continue to vet the president and his top advisors, it's important to know that not once in that press conference was a mention made about the bounty that the New Black Panther Party has put out on Zimmerman's head.

Now, look at this poster that has been distributed, that's George Zimmerman wanted, dead or alive. And if that's not enough, evidence, while these countless statements made by the Black Panthers inciting a race war.

Now, we've played them on the show now for a number of weeks. So, why is Eric Holder not investigating the New Black Panther Party? Well, that's not really a surprise considering he refused to investigate charges of voter intimidation against the group back in 2008.

Here with reaction and much more, Fox News contributor and the author of the number one New York Times best-seller, "Culture of Corruption," Michelle Malkin is back. Michelle, thanks for being on the program.

Look, I would say in any case, but do you think that this statement in particular was made out of political pressure? And why do you think he would ignore a bounty being put out, wanted dead or alive in this case, considering you know, the volatility now, the situation down in Sanford, Florida?

MICHELLE MALKIN, SYNDICATED COLUMNIST: I think you have to look at Eric Holder's record and his history and his legacy as a government official at the Department of Justice under the Clinton administration and now after four years in the Obama administration has been one of turning the Department of Justice into the Department of Social Justice. Justice is supposed to be blind, but he looks at it with one left eye open. And I think the assurances that he gives America aren't worth very much to people who have seen him pervert the rule of law time and again by putting politics and ideology above the facts and the law that he says he supports.

HANNITY: You know, and one of the things we are doing is we're going step by step, appointment by appointment, in terms of who the president has put in these high positions of power. The attorney general is a powerful position. Now, let's listen to the attorney general talking about the issue of race and saying that basically in many ways we are a nation of cowards, if you remember this remark.


HOLDER: Though this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot, in things racial we have always been, and I believe continue to be in too many ways essentially a nation of cowards.


HANNITY: What are we to glean from that when the Attorney General express that view, with all the power that comes with that position that he has?

MALKIN: Well, I think we are dealing with somebody who has always been nakedly a radical leftist in his ideology and his application of the law selectively. If you take a look at the states that he has demonized, states of that have tried to enact voter ID laws to ensure election integrity, he's gone after state officials across this country who believe that we need to have greater immigration enforcement. And he's demonized the large majority of Americans who believe that we shouldn't see the law through the prism of racial identity. This is somebody who used the phrase "my people" which was code word, and if you ask who are Eric Holder's people, well, it's the kind of people he stood with today, race hustlers like Al Sharpton who have hosted other race hustlers like the New Black Panthers Party, which as you mentioned, got special dispensation from this Justice Department.

HANNITY: All right. But now, based on that comment about being a nation of cowards, let's put those together with -- all right, he's looking into civil rights and potential civil rights violations of George Zimmerman, but hasn't said anything about the New Black Panther Party. And let's play that tape and this is just one of many. This is the most recent comments by the New Black Panther Party and then we got to ask the question, why not look for civil rights violations here when there's a bounty on the head of an individual who has not been proven guilty yet, been indicted, not proven guilty, but here's the tape.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It's got to reach a climax. It's got to reach a point where it boils over like when you have a boil on your arm or leg, in order for it to heal the stuff has got to boil over.

And all your greats talked about there having to be bloodshed involved with revolution. True revolution means some bloodshed so there's blood being spilled.

We have to cross the Red Sea. You have to cross the Red Sea. I know you all thought I was talking about some sea in the Middle Eastern part of the world. Hell, no, we are talking about some blood.


HANNITY: All right, so he is talking -- would you connect the two remarks? Very different times, but does it reveal a mind-set to you at all, and it's just a question.

MICHELLE MALKIN, "CULTURE OF CORRUPTION": Yes. Yes. I think it's worth asking that question. You want to talk about racial cowards. These questions need to be asked. It is considered brave now to ask these questions because just by asking it you will be meant with an onslaught of accusations of being a racist or white supremacist.

Look, let me step back for a second because I want to make it very clear that what happened in Florida was tragedy. Anybody who is a parent feels for the parents of Trayvon Martin.

HANNITY: Of course, I agree with you.

MALKIN: Of course they do and it has to be said. On the other hand, the overreaction, the demagoguery, the irresponsible incitements to violence and the silence on the part of this White House to condemn all of this outpouring of vigilantism that's happening. It's disgusting.

HANNITY: And the rush to judgment and the media rush to judgment and congressional rush to judgment and activists rush to judgments and statements likes hunted down lick a rabid dog, killed because he was black without any evidence to corroborate this, which will hopefully come out in a trial. If in fact it can be proven.

One last thing because we are vetting the president, interesting on the issue of KSM, let's show you Eric Holder before and his shifting in position and what it says to us about him on this.


HOLDER, NOV. 13, 2009: Those allegedly responsible for the attacks of September 11th will finally face justice. They will be brought to New York, to New York to answer for their alleged crimes in a courthouse just blocks away from where the Twin Towers once stood.

HOLDER, APRIL 4, 2011: Now unfortunately since I made that decision, members of Congress have intervened and imposed restrictions blocking the administration from bringing any Guantanamo detainees to trial in the United States regardless of the venue.


HANNITY: Reaction?

MALKIN: I would say read page 118 to 126 of "Culture of Corruption." I pre-staged all of the mess that we've seen with Eric Holder's botch of the handling of the Gitmo terrorists and it all has to do with the conflict of interest of his former law firm where he was a senior partner at Covington and Berling (ph) which, of course, represented many of these Gitmo detainees. And put, again, politics and corporate interests above national security and what Americans want in terms of justice for 9/11.

HANNITY: We are going to go back to the issue of Eric. We haven't touched on pardons and Mark Rich and the FALN and a lot more vetting on the president's choice for attorney general.

And Michelle, always good to see you. Thank you for being with us.

MALKIN: You bet. Take care.

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