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Posted at 05:14 PM ET, 08/22/2012

Eric Holder’s summer of international travel


Look out, Secretary Clinton: Attorney General Eric Holder’s racking up miles. (Susan Walsh - AP)
Up to now, it had looked like Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was racing former SecState Condi Rice in the quest to rack up the most frequent-flier miles.

But it seems Clinton might have competition from an unlikely source: Attorney General Eric Holder, who has been quite the jet-setter of late. We hear he’s planning a trip next month to Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern countries. That intercontinental jaunt will cap off a summer that included visits by the AG to Denmark, Germany, Guam, Malaysia, and Singapore.

Just after a House subcommittee approved an effort to hold Holder in contempt of Congress for refusing to turn over documents relating to the “Fast and Furious” controversy, the nation’s top lawyer boarded a plane bound for Copenhagen. The two-day trip also included a stop in Berlin.

Last month, he made a nine-day sweep that included stops in Hono­lulu, Guam, Kuala Lumpur, and Singapore.

During the trips, Holder met with an array of foreign dignitaries — including his counterparts in the countries he visited — participated in roundtables, and gave a speech or two. Issues discussed included counter-terrorism, data sharing, international crime, drug trafficking, immigration, and the like. Hardly a second to catch one’s breath, much less take in the sights. Frankly, just looking at the itineraries left us exhausted.

So it’s not that the peripatetic Holder isn’t working hard — he’s just doing it on foreign soil.

“This isn’t news,” DoJ spokeswoman Tracy Schmaler insists.

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