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Republicans Preparing to Give A.G. Nominee Eric Holder a Hard Time

Eric Holder/law firm photo

Eric Holder/law firm photo

Republicans see enough flaws in the Eric Holder noiminee to at least give the new Obama administration a little heartache before the inevitable: his confirmation.
David Ingram and Joe Palazzolo
Legal Times
The disagreement on the Senate floor last week was ostensibly over timing.
While congressional leaders negotiated behind closed doors over proposed loans to Detroit automakers, several Republicans took the floor Wednesday and Thursday to discuss Covington & Burling’s Eric Holder Jr. They called for Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., to delay the Jan. 8 confirmation hearing for Holder, who of late has been dogged by his involvement in pardoning fugitive financier Marc Rich in the waning hours of the Clinton administration.
But the comments from Republicans went further. Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama questioned Holder’s fitness to be attorney general. Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa said he wanted to delve into Holder’s career in private practice. Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma threatened to prevent a vote.
Republicans have also asked the Justice Department to hand over reams of documents from Holder’s time as U.S. Attorney and deputy attorney general, touching on subjects as seemingly arcane as his involvement in the Clinton administration’s decision to allow an American aerospace company to export a communications satellite to the Chinese.
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