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Column: Justice Dept. Should Be More Transparent About Its Lawyers Who Represented al Qaeda Suspects

Atty. Gen. Eric Holder/doj photo

Atty. Gen. Eric Holder/doj photo

By Marc A. Thiessen
Washington Post Op-Ed

Would most Americans want to know if the Justice Department had hired mob lawyers and then put them in charge of mob cases? Of course. They would rightly want their elected representatives to find out who these lawyers were and what roles they were playing at Justice.

Yet Attorney General Eric Holder hired former al-Qaeda lawyers to the Justice Department and has resisted providing Congress basic information.

In November, Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee requested that Holder identify officials who represented terrorists or worked for organizations advocating on their behalf, the cases and projects they worked on before joining the administration, the cases and projects they’ve worked on since, and name officials who have recused themselves because of prior work on behalf of terrorist detainees.

Holder stonewalled.

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