January 22nd, 2009
10:24 AM ET
9 months ago

Holder and Specter to meet behind closed doors

Holder is set to meet with Specter later Thursday.
Holder is set to meet with Specter later Thursday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Attorney General nominee Eric Holder meets behind closed doors today with Sen. Arlen Specter, the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Commitee.

Specter, speaking for other Republicans on the committee, has asked for a one week delay on a committee vote on Holder’s nomination.

The initial confirmation vote for Holder, who served as deputy attorney general in the Clinton administration, yesterday was postponed for a week after a rancorous meeting of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Republicans, led by Specter, the ranking Republican on the committee, want to question Holder further about his role in what they consider controversial presidential pardons in the last days of the Clinton administration.

He complained of "hurried proceedings" and said he spoke for all Republicans on the committee in requesting more time.

Senator Patrick Leahy, the Democratic committee chairman, expressed "deep disappointment," and acknowledged that Republicans had the right to ask for the delay - then slammed his gavel and walked out of the hearing room.

Specter and Holder are expected to meet late this afternoon on Capitol Hill.


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soundoff (176 Responses)
  1. Darth Vadik, CA

    Specter of all people, I always liked Specter. Even though it is hard for me today to like any Republican politicians.

    January 22, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  2. President Kennedy

    GOP never miss an opportunity to work against the interests of the American people.

    January 22, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  3. TESAP;SAVANNAH, GA

    Is Specter making a spectacle of the process..... or just trying to get press????

    January 22, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  4. Angie in Pa

    Another Republican in Pa that will go bye bye in 2010

    January 22, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  5. Tracy M.

    It's "led," not "lead." It should be instinctive for someone who gets paid to write.

    January 22, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  6. Darko

    I'm still waiting to hear about some of the 'GOOD' things this guy has done? Other than working under Clinton, does he have ANY positives to stand up against the slew of negative issues he has in his past?

    There's plenty of other people out there qualified for this job, find one.

    rubber stamping Obama's buddies is not change.

    January 22, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  7. RealityKing

    We will hold Obama responsible for Holders liberal ideals of dealing with terrorists..

    January 22, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  8. katiec

    How the republicans feel they have the capabilities to determine who should be the next Attorney General after their dismal choices these last eight years is beyond me. If it were not so ridiculous it would be laughable,
    They apparently are going to continue with their ego trips, self interest and party first rather than unifying for the survival of our country.
    After the diasters they have created these last eight years one would think they would finally want to do what is best for the United States of America and us.
    We voted for CHANGE and will support and demand it.

    January 22, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  9. David

    Does Arlen wish to explain privately to Eric why he's being a douche?

    It is interesting to see how those who cheat death choose to spend their gravy time on this planet.

    January 22, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  10. ran

    The great people of PA. should seek an impeachment of this senator. This is not the time for games. We have real problems in this country and we should be working on these.

    January 22, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  11. lescroc

    Like it or not we are in for a lot of WIERD day's with Prez Obama

    January 22, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  12. Obama 2.0

    Let's move forward. America is sick and tired of being sick and tierd of political stall tactics. Save the party hats for the campaigns. It is a day late in the governing process.

    January 22, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  13. Nelson

    This is coming from the same guy who was wasting our tax money on an investigation to see if the New England Patriots were cheating or not??

    January 22, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  14. clos

    what are you talking about

    January 22, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  15. Dave

    I wish the Dems would have been this careful with the Bush nominees. I wish they would have had the majority to stop that nonsense too. So it goes.

    January 22, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  16. GREGORY

    hello president kennedy

    January 22, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  17. Chris

    "The Pennsylvania Republican, who's the ranking Republican on the committee, was the only GOP member to show up for the hearing. He complained of 'hurried proceedings' and said he spoke for all Republicans on the committee in requesting more time."

    I'm sorry, but if they have that much worry about Holder you would think they would SHOW UP TO WORK!!!

    January 22, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  18. Maggie from Virginia

    Specter wants to make sure Holder will not prosecute those who were involved in torture.

    January 22, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  19. clos

    o my god it is president kennedy you are awsome ........

    January 22, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  20. Grateful

    The Republicans are not really worried about the Rich pardon. They are worried that Holder will fulfill his duty and prosecute the people in the Bush administration who authorized or performed torture.

    January 22, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  21. KMAN

    Once again ... Specter is proving what a worthles litle stain of a man he is!

    January 22, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  22. Denny

    What's the hurry? Let's consider these Cabinet apointees carefully. This isn't American Idol–it's the US government.

    January 22, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  23. Take the Gloves Off, Holder ...

    He won't do it because he's too honorable of a guy but I hope Eric Holder pimp-slaps Arlen Specter.

    The Republicans have no business delaying ... and that is all that they are doing ... the confirmation of this highly qualified man for Attorney General of the United States ... America's called "Top-Cop".

    More than any other American, Holder can walk into the Justice Department and know where all the levers of efficient execution are.

    Republican Party, you simply continue to breed ill will with the bulk of the American population (progressive whites, latinos, asians and blacks) that can not justify your obstructionism with such a highly qualified candidate. STUPID.

    Lose again in 2010 ... 2012 ... and 2016

    January 22, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  24. Change

    GOP = Goofs on Parade

    January 22, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  25. We're NOT "your friends"!!!

    Moron. The whole point is to be hurried and expedient. There's too much going on with this country right now to hold up for something so stupid that happened two administrations ago. Why didn't he speak up when the bush admin. was involved in commiting one of the largest govt. crimes of our country's history. O wait, he's a republican.

    January 22, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
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