January 7th, 2009
01:44 PM ET
14 years ago

Obama appointee to face bruising confirmation fight

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/01/07/holder.confirmation/art.ericholder.gi.jpg caption="Eric Holder likely will face a grueling round of questions from Republicans during his confirmation hearings."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - Barack Obama's presidential transition, already disrupted by the sudden withdraw of New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, may face another challenge in the confirmation hearings of his pick for attorney general.

While the Senate is expected to easily confirm the majority of the president-elect's Cabinet appointments, it increasingly appears that attorney general designate Eric Holder could face a grueling round of questions next week from Senate Republicans who are already emboldened by charges of "pay-to-play" politics against Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and a federal investigation into Richardson, who Obama picked as his commerce secretary.

"Republicans are seeing enough different stories in the taints of possible corruption around Democratic politicians lately," said Alexander Keyssar, a professor of history and social policy at the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government. "Where they can score some political points around this corruption issue, they will try to do it."

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  1. Seth

    Holder will be approved. The GOP will grill him on some of the funny business with the Clinton adminstration, particularly the 11th hour pardons. All they are doing is providing a smoke screen so Bush can get his pardons through without much fuss.

    January 7, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  2. Moderate

    You could fill all cabinet positions with lobotomized chimps and they could equal the success of the past 8 years. So right-wingers should just remain quiet and let intelligent people see if they can dig this country out of the Bush-Cheney hole.

    January 7, 2009 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  3. Sherrol in Canada

    It looks like the Senate Repubs are picking on Eric Holder. Why is that, is he the weak link, the one designate that wouldn't put up much of a fight? Something is rotten in Denmark folks.

    We're not hearing much ado about the other designatees being confirmed. What's the deal?

    January 7, 2009 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
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