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Holder Approved by Judiciary Panel

By Carrie Johnson
The Senate Judiciary Committee this morning approved the nomination of Eric H. Holder Jr. to serve as the nation's first African American attorney general.

Holder, 58, ultimately won support from all of the Democrats on the panel; many cited his credentials and backing by 130 law enforcement groups.

In a surprise, given comments over the past two months, several GOP lawmakers also cast their votes for Holder. Only two Republican senators, John Cornyn of Texas and Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, voted "nay" on the nomination. Cornyn expressed concern about the nominee's role in controversial Clinton era pardons, Holder's view on terrorism issues and his approach to gun rights.

But other members of the panel -- from Republican Lindsay Graham (S.C.) to Democrat Dick Durbin (Ill.) -- said that Holder had charted a careful balance between protecting the nation's security and endorsing civil liberties.

Holder's nomination could be taken up by the full Senate over the next couple of days, aides said.

By Web Politics Editor  |  January 28, 2009; 11:34 AM ET
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Remember, "consistency in incompetence" is a d-crat hallmark
Posted by: LoonyLeft | January 28, 2009 6:04 PM This from a party member that gave us the conduct of the Iraq war , from mission accomplished to the no bid contracts of KBR , the bungled response to Katrina ,"heck of a job job Brownie" , the biggest meltdown of our economy since the great depression,in April Bush said "the fundamentals of our economy are strong". Under a Rebublican administration a repudiation of scientific fact from the EPA to the FDA, the outing of a CIA agent , the doubling of the national debt in 8 yrs. Sir whomever you may be, Denial is not a river in Egypt , and the Flintstones is not a documentary on evolution.

Posted by: clovisbuford | January 29, 2009 1:39 AM | Report abuse

Senate Intelligence Committee Vice Chairman Christopher S. Bond of Missouri, said Holder’s statement raised questions about whether he would prosecute those who used the interrogation technique, which Bush administration officials have acknowledged happened on at least three occasions.

it is not an interrogation technique as President Bush and Senator Bond like to refer to it is torture .......
My guess is that the democrats will split from their party as the base will not be respected ... just as what happened to the Republicans during the last cycle ...
Omama will not follow up on his campaign trail assurances .... I know ... I but that was just to get elected you say ... all politicians do that ....well .....when you run as change cant be like everybody else ...let;s see .... things are illegal ... torture for example ...water boarding specifically but ... we do not respect the law unless we have to .. you know .. like you only pay taxes when caught not paying them .. you pay lip service to torture being illegal... fear fear fear ... we cant take the CIA to task those folks will be looking over their shoulder ... they like the president should be calling to task anyone who breaks the law ... just because someone told you to break the law does not mean you are immune to legal action ... Senator Bond is an idiot.Senate Intelligence Committee Vice Chairman Christopher S. Bond of Missouri~
“I think he understands how difficult it would be, when these people were operating under the opinions of the Department of Justice,” Bond said. “I think that makes a case unwinnable.” ... and you opinion is worth what ? I guess more than mine.

Posted by: AmericanSpirit | January 28, 2009 9:08 PM | Report abuse

If the loony-left d-crats of congress can approve a TAX CHEAT for sec of treasury, they certainly can approve a partisan bigot as attorney general.

Remember, "consistency in incompetence" is a d-crat hallmark


Posted by: LoonyLeft | January 28, 2009 6:04 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad someone -- Senator John Cornyn in this case -- cited Eric Holder's approach to gun rights as a reason for rejection. Eric Holder is known to be an anti-gun fanatic who will not uphold the 2nd amendment. He will, in fact, do everything in his power to destroy the individual right to own a gun in this country. Anyone who refuses to uphold any part of the Constitution is unfit for U.S. Attorney General. Period.

Posted by: vincepage | January 28, 2009 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Most disturbing, the Washington Times has an article claiming that, to get votes, Holder assured the GOP he wouldn't prosecute torture:

Not that the Times has much credibility--or as much as Syung-yung Moon has.

Posted by: edwcorey | January 28, 2009 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Representing bad people does not make a lawyer a bad person. The main question is, did he do right by his client?

Soon Mr. Holder's only client will be the citizens of the United States of America. I think our President has picked a pretty good lawyer for us.

Posted by: mikeinmidland | January 28, 2009 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Another CROOK and LIAR to BO's group - what a surprise..........

Posted by: Sparky15 | January 28, 2009 2:17 PM | Report abuse

It's nice to see verified that Sen. John Cornblower (R-TX) intends to obstruct everything Obama proposes. At least he's consistent. He was a swinging open gate for every crackpot scheme that W proposed.
The guy has absolutely no credibility.

Posted by: art-mahoney | January 28, 2009 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Eric Holder, the attorney general nominee has so many skeletons in his closet he should open a Halloween decorations store. See the Mother Jones article from 1/14 titled, Why Eric Holder Represents What's Wrong with Washington.

1) Holder represented scum like Purdue Pharma whose drug OxyContin was killing people and harming thousands through addiction and medical complications. He negotiated a small settlement with West Virginia that allowed Purdue Pharma to keep selling OxyContin and to continue killing and harming patients to make huge profits.

2) He represented other businesses involved in immoral if not criminal activities. He represented Merck Pharmaceuticals and negotiated a settlement that allowed them to pay far less in fines than they made in overbilling the government’s Medicaid program.

3) As deputy attorney general he forced through the pardons for the FALN terrorists and Marc Rich. He intimidated Justice Department employees into dropping their opposition to the FALN and Rich pardons.

Holder does not now and never has put the American people above the almighty dollar. How many pharmaceutical companies will never be investigated by a Holder Justice Department? Holder almost single-handedly forced the release of the FALN terrorists who killed six Americans and injured hundreds of others while exploding 130 bombs in America. Several of the FALN terrorists released went right back to terrorism. Holder has shown he will protect the terrorists instead of protecting the American people.

Posted by: BothSides | January 28, 2009 1:41 PM | Report abuse

MR. HOLDER... also, please note this article:


OR (re: "Domestic Torture...")

This nationwide apparatus poses an imminent danger to untold thousands of unjustly "targeted" Americans nationwide -- as well as to the effectiveness of those serving in the new administration.

Holder/Team Obama staff: Please forward these posts to Mr. Holder's personal attention. The victims of these crimes against humanity require his IMMEDIATE action. Thank you.

Posted by: scrivener50 | January 28, 2009 1:41 PM | Report abuse

MR. HOLDER: You MUST dismantle the nationwide "extrajudicial punishment" vigilante network that is fronted by federally-funded citizen volunteer groups and backed by pervasive government spying. AND prosecute those responsible for their crimes.

This American Gestapo has co-opted local law enforcement, making a mockery of the judicial system. This journalist/victim's account of its use of RADIATION WEAPONRY to degrade the health of Americans while destroying their livelihoods:
OR (if link is corrupted): RE: "Gestapo USA"

Posted by: scrivener50 | January 28, 2009 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Tom22: My guess is that you are a white male from the south trying to stir up trouble. Holder is an excellent lawyer who happens to be black. He is not black first and an excellent lawyer last. This is an important distinction.

Posted by: cdierd1944 | January 28, 2009 1:19 PM | Report abuse

White People Suck! They killed the Indians, started slavery, and only cause wars!

Now the country is run by black people it will be run much better. Look at South Africa. That's a paradise now since Mandela and the ANC took over.

Posted by: Tom22 | January 28, 2009 12:08 PM | Report abuse

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