Eric Holder seems headed toward confirmation

January 16, 2009

WASHINGTON — What a difference a few days can make in the rough and tumble world of American politics, particularly in the U.S. Capitol. Just ask Eric Holder, President-elect Barack Obama’s pick to be U.S. attorney general. 
 
Last week, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell named Holder as the only one of Obama’s Cabinet nominees in possible trouble. 
 
There was Republican concern about Holder, particularly his decision, while President Bill Clinton’s deputy attorney general, to back a pardon of fugitive financier Marc Rich. 
 
But after receiving rave reviews at his Senate confirmation hearing on Thursday, Holder seems certain to be confirmed. USA-OBAMA/HOLDER
 
Under questioning, Holder admitted he erred in the Rich matter, broke with the Bush administration to call waterboarding “torture” and vowed to run a Justice Department free of political meddling. He also promised to make fighting financial crimes a top priority. 
 
At least two Republicans said afterward that they intend to support him, which should provide enough votes in the Democratic-led Senate to clear any procedural roadblock. 
 
Sen. Orrin Hatch, a Utah Republican, reiterated his support for Holder, predicting he would be a strong attorney general. 
 
And on Friday, Sen. Mel Martinez of Florida came out for Holder after what he described as “a very productive meeting with him.” 
 
“I adhere to the principle that, assuming qualifications, a president gets to choose the members of his Cabinet,” Martinez said. 
 
“Mr. Holder answered a number of questions to my satisfaction,” Martinez said. “I intend to support Mr. Holder’s confirmation and urge my colleagues to do the same.”

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Photo credit: REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (Holder stands to be sworn in for his Jan. 15 confirmation hearing)

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Typical Republican response: rollover and play dead rather than confront the Democrats. Holder is a lightweight at best, a fool at worst.

The pardon of Marc Rich broke every standard for pardons. He was an unrepentant fugitive from justice who was allowed to profit greatly from his crimes and skate on all punishment.

And he BOUGHT his pardon.

If that’s not corruption, what is?

So we have a known corrupt lawyer appointed as Attorney General of the United States, the chief law enforcement officer in the country.

Lawful gun-owners will have far more to fear from this man than crooks ever will. Or maybe the NRA should just bribe him to leave us alone?

And what does it say about Obama’s sense of ethics that he would appoint Holder? Change we can believe in? What a joke!

Posted by AnJo | Report as abusive

Here is a NO-BRAINER for the incoming Administration and Congress..LEGALIZE HEMP (food,fiber, & clothing!) and MARIJUANA!!..end THE WAR ON PLANTS!! (DRUGS)..the government can make BILLIONS from taxes alone & help the American farmers!

Posted by Jeff Pine | Report as abusive

I received an email from Mel Martinez on January 15th, in response to one I sent him asking him to vote against Holder, which contained the following:
” I do have concerns about controversial pardons Eric Holder recommended while serving as Deputy Attorney General under President Clinton, his position on gun rights, and his past involvement in the Elian Gonzalez matter.”
I guess Sen. Martinez got over those concerns in a hurry. Something certainly smells funny.

Posted by Scott | Report as abusive

Eric holder is not acceptable. Not as AG; not as dog-catcher. His attitude & philosophy on gun control; his go along to get along attitude towards corruption & pardons and his participation in the Reno / Clinton non-Judicial System disqualify him.

That won’t keep him out of the position. There are no Conservative members on the Republican side of the U.S. Senate with the integrity or the cojones to step up and place a “Hold” on his confirmation. The Republicans lost this election cycle because they just can’t figure out that to win they have to “act like a Conservative.”

Holder will be a disaster for U.S. Freedoms and Liberty; but then with the Socialists now in control, it probably doesn’t matter.

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