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Holder To De-Politicize Justice Deptment

From his cheerleaders at the ABC News:

Holder Says Waterboarding is Torture

Attorney General Nominee Eric Holder’s Promise to Close Gitmo Draws Applause

By PIERRE THOMAS, JASON RYAN and THERESA COOK

WASHINGTON, Jan. 15, 2009—Attorney General-nominee Eric Holder indicated today he would make a dramatic departure from the last two attorneys general by stating that "waterboarding is torture" and drew applause by promising to shut down the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay

Responding to a question about waterboarding from committee chairman Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., Holder said, "I agree with you, Mr. Chairman, waterboarding is torture."

Holder, who has been a vocal critic of the administration’s policies in the war on terror, pointed out that the tactic had been used by the Khmer Rouge in Vietnam…

As for the terror suspect detention facility, Holder told Sen. Herb Kohl, D-Wisc., that "Guantanamo will be closed" and that steps are being taken to carry out that directive.

The statement prompted clapping from some audience members. Protestors clad in orange jumpsuits similar to those worn by detainees were later seen holding up signs with anti-torture messages

Holder told the panel today that he’s "made mistakes" but accepted responsibility for them without trying to blame anyone else. He said the Rich matter "was, and remains, the most searing experience" as an attorney, but that he "will be a better attorney general" because of the lessons learned from it.

Specter pursued the issue further, pulling out his glasses to examine a sheet of paper listing Rich’s offenses. "This guy was a fugitive," he reminded Holder. "How do you explain it?"

Holder told the lawmaker he has "expressed regret" for his handling of the matter, and said that he "did not know a lot of the underlying facts that you have mentioned." He added that he knew Rich had been prosecuted in a significant tax fraud case, but did not research the matter further.

The tension was eased a bit when Kohl quizzed Holder on his skills on the basketball court, a nod to one of the President-elect’s favorite pastimes.

Though he has pledged to keep the Justice Department independent of the White House, Kohl asked if he would promise to try to beat Obama should the two face off on the basketball court.

"He is 10 years younger than I am and he plays more often," said Holder, who was co-captain of his New York City high school basketball team…

But ever the politician, Holder took a diplomatic approach: "I think I can hold my own with him, but that may not be a wise situation."

Leahy championed Holder’s appointment as a step toward realizing the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. because Holder would be the first black attorney general if confirmed. Leahy said Holder would help right a department still reeling from accusations of political bias during the tenure of former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.

"Americans have to be able to trust their Justice Department. That trust must not be squandered or taken for granted," Leahy said. "We need leaders who are prepared to take the oars of a Justice Department whose dedicated law enforcement professionals have been misused and demoralized. Eric Holder is such a leader."

Sources say Holder, 57, has been participating in mock hearings to prepare for today’s grilling

Holder will make the case that the Justice Department needs to be above reproach in terms of being politicized, a nod to the era of Gonzales, who resigned after accusations that the department had improperly fired at least nine U.S. attorneys for political reasons, as well as allowed politically biased hiring practices to take hold within the department.

Holder noted in his testimony that he will work to restore the credibility of the Justice Department…

Welcome to the brave new world of post-partisan politics.

By Mr. Holder’s logic, we should put the con with the longest rap sheet in the office of the Attorney General.

He said the Rich matter "was, and remains, the most searing experience" as an attorney, but that he "will be a better attorney general" because of the lessons learned from it…”

The “Rich matter.” It’s a wonder he didn’t call it a “distraction.”

But this Orwellian world is what the citizenry (and some non-citizenry) voted for.

The return of the pay-to-play grifters, the terrorist-enablers, the terrorist-freerers, and the America-haters to the halls of power.

The most despicable party hacks in our republic’s long history.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, January 15th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

11 Responses to “Holder To De-Politicize Justice Deptment”

  1. Barbie says:

    Did anyone else see Pat Leahy and John Warner absolutely slobbering over this Obama puppet today in the hearings (is hearing the right term)? Pat Leahy’s position as Senator in this country is torture to everyone – Waterboarding is preferable to having to endure hearing Leahy speak. America needs to be able to trust its jusice department AND justice committee, leahy, so you should resign immediately to meet that standard.

  2. Colonel1961 says:

    Wow! Wait until I tell my wife that adultery will make me a better husband!

    • Reality Bytes says:

      Last time you tried something like that, Colonel, was during the Lewinsky scandel & you remember how that turned out don’t you?

  3. Barbie says:

    Just say no to Holder. Holder will work to restore the credibility to the Justice Department? If that’s his ‘goal’, he needs to withdraw his nomination immediately so a non Clinton-Obama puppet can be the AG.

  4. Helena says:

    “Holder told the lawmaker he has “expressed regret” for his handling of the matter, and said that he “did not know a lot of the underlying facts that you have mentioned.” He added that he knew Rich had been prosecuted in a significant tax fraud case, but did not research the matter further.”

    And why not, pray tell? He was involved in giving the nod to presidential pardons, but COULDN’T BE BOTHERED to check them out thoroughly – or have an underling check them out thoroughly?

    So, we know he’ll keep BHO company on the basketball court. And we also know he’s sloppy and lazy about his job. Drop Holder.

    • Barbie says:

      And we know Tim Geithner is sloppy and lazy and too er… irresponsible to pay his taxes. Drop Geithner, drop Holder.

  5. Liberals Demise says:

    (COUGH) BullShit!! (COUGHCOUGH)

  6. heykev says:

    When will Republican Senator’s develop, as Blago once said, some “testicular fortitude” and block nominations like Holder that are wrong for America.

  7. Odie44 says:

    So we know many of Bambi’s picks have admitted to not paying attention to their job, in so much that they broke their own rules of said job oversight…

    It’s not a mystery for liberals, considering Joe Kennedy was the first SEC Chairman, being he “bear raided” the market in ’29, short sold and ran roughshot over the entire market in order to make his fortune. The logic was his “success” could be the blueprint for what SHOULDN’T BE LEGAL…


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