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Atty. Gen. Holder Failed to Disclose Briefs During Confirmation Hearing Last Year

Atty. Gen. Holder

Atty. Gen. Holder/doj photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Attorney Gen. Eric Holder Jr. is finding out just how fun it can be to head the Justice Department when some politicians want your head.

The New York Times reported Thursday that Holder failed to notify the Senate last year during the conformation hearings that “he had signed several briefs urging courts to reject President George W. Bush’s claim that he had the power to imprison an American citizen as an “enemy combatant,” the Justice Department acknowledged Thursday.”

The Times reported that Republicans are likely to attack Holder over failing to turn over the documents as he was required to do.

“The briefs should have been disclosed as part of the confirmation process,” said Matthew Miller, a Justice Department spokesman, according to the Times. “In preparing thousands of pages for submission, it was unfortunately and inadvertently missed. In any event, the attorney general has publicly discussed his positions on detention policy on many occasions, including at his confirmation hearing.”

Meanwhile, on Friday the news website Main Justice that Holder turned over to the Senate half a dozen Supreme Court briefs he failed to disclose.

“We regret the omission,” Assistant Attorney General Ronald Weich said in a letter accompanying the list of amicus briefs not included in Holder’s Senate questionnaire, as required, according to Main Justice.

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GOP Examining Dep. Atty. Gen. Nominee David Ogden on Issues Including Obscenity, Abortion and the Death Penalty

David Ogden/law firm photo

David Ogden/law firm photo

The GOP is examining David Ogden’s work as a private lawyer and conservatives are questioning his legal work defending the adult entertainment industry in First Amendment cases. Still, his confirmation seems to be a sure thing.

By David Ingram
Legal Times
WASHINGTON — The nomination of David Ogden to be deputy attorney general has given senators a chance to revisit some of most controversial Supreme Court decisions of the last two decades.
During a two-hour confirmation hearing last week, members of the Senate Judiciary Committee questioned Ogden about his work on cases involving abortion, the death penalty, foreign law and obscenity, repeatedly asking whether he personally holds the views that he argued on behalf of his clients. The partner at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr replied that in many cases he does not, and that in others he would still enforce the law if confirmed as the No. 2 official at the Justice Department.
Anti-pornography activists have been among the most vocal critics of Ogden’s nomination because of his work on behalf of the adult entertainment industry in First Amendment cases.
“A lawyer in private practice does not sit in judgment of his clients. His job is to present their view as persuasively as possible,” Ogden said at the Feb. 5 hearing.
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Sen. Judiciary Confirms Holder 17-2; Next Stop: Full Senate Where It Looks Like a Sure Thing

In the end, the judiciary vote was pretty overwhelming. But Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex) was in the minority, delivering some stinging remarks about Holder.

By Randall Mikkelsen
Reuters
Eric Holder Jr.

Eric Holder Jr.

WASHINGTON – A Senate committee voted to approve Eric Holder to be the first black attorney general, sending his nomination on Wednesday to the full Senate, which is expected to confirm him.
The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 17-2 to confirm President Barack Obama’s nomination of Holder, a deputy attorney general under former President Bill Clinton. Holder had faced questions over his record, including his support for controversial pardons issued by Clinton, and Republicans had delayed the vote for a week until Wednesday.
“Eric Holder is a good man. He’s a decent man. He’s a public servant committed to the rule of law and he will be a good attorney general,” committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, a Vermont Democrat, said before the vote.
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Sen. Patrick Leahy
Sen. Herb Kohl
Sen. Dianne Feinstein
Sen. Russ Feingold
Sen. John Cornyn
Sen. Edward Kaufman