January 27th, 2009
10:56 AM ET
4 years ago

Specter to hold press conference on Holder

Specter could announce whether he will support Holder Tuesday.

Specter could announce whether he will support Holder Tuesday.

(CNN) - Sen. Arlen Specter, the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, is set to hold a press conference Tuesday on the nomination of Eric Holder, President Obama's choice to be attorney general.

It's likely Specter will announce whether he will vote to confirm Holder when the committee convenes Wednesday.

Earlier: Holder confirmation hearing delayed a week

Specter's decision could significantly affect how many Republicans ultimately vote against one of the president's most controversial cabinet appointments.

The press conference is scheduled for 2:45 p.m. ET.

Filed under: Arlen Specter • Eric Holder
soundoff (88 Responses)
  1. Mel of Alexandria, Virginia

    The Republicans like those fat cats on Wall Street just do not get it.
    They are trying to do the same old same old when we need a paradigm shift. They are very poor at reading the signs of the times. Survival belongs to those who can adjust and change. The posturing will not do.

    January 27, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  2. theprof

    For all of you Rethuglicans out there........Here's to hoping the Repugs piss off Holder by voting against him. Holder gets seated anyway and then goes after the Republican war criminals in a big way. I'm talking about indictments against George W. Bush, Rumsfeld, Cheney, Gonzales, Rove and maybe Ashcroft if they can dig up anything concrete on him. The rest would be a "slam dunk".Bush and company ought to be thinking about buying some real estate in Paraguay, Brazil or maybe Argentina. Maybe while we are at it we could ship some Israeli war criminals down to Latin America too. Olmert, Netenyahu adios amigos.

    January 27, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  3. Pete

    If he openly flaunts the law, as the Treasury Secretary openly flaunted tax rules, then he should be confirmed.

    January 27, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    If Spector votes to confirm Holder, he's a bigger fool that once thought!

    January 27, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  5. MJ

    Do you remember Roberto Gonzalez? Anybody is better than that.
    What partisan granstanding!

    January 27, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  6. One Nation under God

    Why is it when we talk about war crimes the Republicans want to say hey lets not look into the past, we have to move on and focus on today,but in terms of Mr.Holder they want to live in the past. I really need a republician to tell me how is that

    January 27, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  7. Billy

    You can almost smell the republican flop sweat. They're more concerned about Holder prosecuting their messiahs GW Bush, Rove and Rummy than they are with restoring justice to the Justice Department.

    January 27, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  8. Pete

    All politicians should be vomitted on when they make you feel ill.

    The tax cheat confirmation is just incredibly gaulling. I think I'm going to hit a congressman.

    January 27, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  9. R in Maine

    What has Specter done that he needs a pardon from Holder?

    January 27, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  10. WhoCares?

    "Prepare your welcome baskets for the former GITMO detainees as your new neighbors. Just not in Pelosi's district."

    God, Republicans are stupid. Yes, they are just going to bus them into the US and let them off.

    Do you clowns even think before you type or has Rush simply taken over your entire brain.

    And I will take a innocent GITMO detainee next to me anyday. There would be one person that really understand the term "freedom".

    January 27, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  11. Putin still invading Alaskan airspace between Palin's ears

    When will we hear about Karl Rove "influencing" (i.e., financially) Specter because Rove knows Holder might proceed with criminal prosecutions of the whole Bushwhacked Klan?

    January 27, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  12. mike

    Maybe he can find out what happened to the Superbowl tapes!

    January 27, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  13. Gracie

    Please appoint the man already and let's move on. NO one cares about all these foo-foos.

    January 27, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
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