January 21st, 2009
03:29 PM ET
9 years ago

GOP delays Holder confirmation for a week

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/01/21/art.ericholder.gi.jpg caption="Holder's confirmation has been held up."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - The initial confirmation vote for Eric Holder, President Barack Obama's pick for attorney general, was postponed for a week Wednesday after a rancorous meeting of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Republicans, who want to question Holder about his role in a controversial presidential pardon when he worked in the Clinton administration, used a procedure that allows them to put off the vote.

A clearly agitated Sen. Patrick Leahy, a Democrat and chairman of the committee, slammed his gavel and walked out after acknowledging that Republicans had the right to ask for the delay.

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soundoff (123 Responses)
  1. abc

    lightning strikes and the political party wants to play justice now. disagree to disagree? at such critical time juncture, every-day-count economic crisis? delaying the decision maker nominees to play political games? did we just have congressmen in the last 24 hours or what happened in the last 6 years when republican was running the show? did they just returned from a 6 year vacation?
    i do support an opposition party, an effective, honest and persistent-to-all-parties opposition. our country doesn't need a political revenge, especially NOW!

    i hope the people will show politicians of either party that we have the power to overthrow them if they don't help our country, along with their $$$ salary...

    January 21, 2009 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  2. Darth Vadik, CA

    Listen republicans, we are going to drag you into the 21st century, kicking and screaming if we have to.

    January 21, 2009 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  3. Greed is not good

    Wow....the Republicans just can't seem to let go of the hatred towards Bill Clinton. Good thing Hillary didn't get elected.

    January 21, 2009 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  4. ran

    I hope ever person in 2010 votes a Democrat into the Senate because the Republicans just do not get it. If they are going to play this obstructionist game on appointments what will they do over policies? My guess filibuster. People contact your elected officials ever day and tell them to get stuff done now. We must get our country back working for us all. There is no time for political games on either side.

    January 21, 2009 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  5. Darth Vadik, CA

    Florida John,

    stop drinking mimosas,
    who ever said there should be no questions?
    I heard people say there should be important questions.
    where do you conservatives pull this crap out of?
    do you always have to have a strawman?

    like I said

    January 21, 2009 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  6. Meh

    Bah. I don't for a moment believe they are doing this out of concern. I suspect they're being obstructionists b/c they're bitter that their man lost.

    January 21, 2009 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  7. Canuck

    holder = marc rich pardon. anymore questions libs? teddy k borked robert bork for a cheap politcial hit and run score, so don't start giving me the anti repub garbage. know your history.

    January 21, 2009 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  8. Pat J

    I'm sure the Republicans are just shaking in their boots, Left Coast Mike - but I'm glad you all learned a new word (obstructionist). Very impressive!

    January 21, 2009 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  9. Ron , West Coast

    The repubs. are like the blind deep in the wilderness, leading the blind...... They are so out of touch with the rest of the american public . They will soon learn that the era of obstructionism is over . They had better get with the program, and be an instrument for getting the peoples work done, afterall, thats what they were sent to Washington DC for, not to obstruct ......
    America is not comprised of, " good americans, and anti-americans ", we are all americans,........ We rise or fall together..........

    January 21, 2009 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  10. Mick in Mesa

    To paraphrase the GLBT activist community:
    "We're here – To spread fear – Deal with it".
    That's the mantra of the remaining plantation obstructionists in the House and Senate. That's all they got – obstructionism for obstructionism sake.
    They ran out of useful, productive ideas beginning with the Reagan era and are falling back on the only legislative contributions they know how to make...

    January 21, 2009 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  11. Nick

    Yes, as I see it, the GOP is brain dead. I often wonder if it is possible for god to make a Republican who loves life itself, more than their banker? However
    Holder should not be the attorney general. This man wants to take away our 2nd amendment rights. After he is confirmed he will go after cowboy, hats and the pick up trucks, and do his best, to ban guns, gun clubs, and the NRA. As far as Holder is concerned, Bin Laden is just someone we should make a treaty with. Professionals talk logistic's, amature's talk tactics. Holder don't understand either nor does he care to learn. To Holder the real threat is Gun Owners, and people who can think for themselves.

    January 21, 2009 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  12. PA Canada

    Repubs must be really upset about Obama's popularity and his competence ie: He hit the ground running. A mere diversion for their own jeuvenile entertainment. Kids must act like Kids even in the face of Integrity and virtue.

    January 21, 2009 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  13. chris

    lets look at our past AG's, hmm ok well lets not as they have issues like cannot remember much of anything, many violations of rights (alberto g.), does not know if waterboarding is illegal (current dude). If all they have is this guy approving some (truly questionable) pardons but no laws were broken ;let him in. He knows the dept and the way it has been politicized the last 8 years can hopefully remove those folks and put in folks who are there to serve the county not some party

    January 21, 2009 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  14. Simmy

    Now I get it. They want the "Bush holdover" to stay a little longer. What pieces of work they are.

    January 21, 2009 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  15. Thomas

    To Ryan,

    Obviously you are still very heartbroken over the retirement of Alberto Gonzales as Attorney General.

    I'm sure there are some support groups that are available in your aria.
    They can help you work through your denial , but you first must want to change !

    You can always continue to Listen to Rush Limbaugh and hope for failure, hope for stagnation, hope for divide !

    Rush is highly paid to do that, your not.

    I know you will find help if you want it bad enough !

    Confirm Holder

    January 21, 2009 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  16. Independant Thinker

    Let's see, Holder worked for Jannet Reno where our heavy handed government killed innocent men, women and childern in the Waco and Ruby Ridge incidents.

    I doesn't have my support.

    January 21, 2009 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  17. ME IN FL

    Here we go again!!! And they wonder why they lost the election!! At the pace the Repugs are going, they will not win any in the next 100 yrs.

    January 21, 2009 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  18. jules

    The Republicans are doing what they are supposed to do, just as the Democrats would if in the same position. We, the people, should expect complete transparency in these appointments. It is obvious there are some issues with a few of the Obama appointees and these issues need to be addressed. Holder is one. And his Treasury Secretary is another. It isn't petty politics. It is what we hired them to do. No where does it say the President gets to appoint anyone he wants with no accountability. Or, we could just approve all the appointees without question so when they screw up we can say that Obama doesn't seem to be the guy everyone 'thinks' he is. Hmmm. Either way, there will be screw ups and Obama and his drones will have excuses on the ready.

    January 21, 2009 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  19. legal in nc

    Amazing how the left forgot what they did in 2000 and 2004 to the Bush administration cabinet choices.

    If you're following what Obama said then you would want this type of transparency. Questions being answered.

    We still have a democracy, not a dictatorship where just because the left won means that the other side doesn't get to ask questions.

    That would be a dictatorship and I don't think any of us want that!

    January 21, 2009 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  20. LG in Atlanta

    That's right! Ask all the questions now and make sure he's the right one for the job...but I agree do it fast because it's better for all. Time to move on, let the process work as designed which was not intended to be a rubber stamp for anyone. .

    January 21, 2009 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  21. jules

    Hey Allen the Bush Wacker – how popular was Bush when he originally went to war in Iraq? Wasn't it somewhere around 80% or so of the American population that was in favor of Bush's decision? And didn't Bush actually get quite a bit done in his first years of presidency, when the Democrats were not in power? It's been proven the economic crisis was not Bush's doing alone. It started years before and was greatly influenced by many Democrats. So, you hate Bush because....it's so funny how you, the people, can turn on a dime. We will see how "the great black hope" does with all he has to deal with. If, after four years, he hasn't completed anything of importance, will you vote for him again when he begs for 'more' time?

    January 21, 2009 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  22. Steve (the real one)

    Was it a game when the dems roadblocked Bush? Folks this is how the government works . No one has ever or will ever just bow down to the president, it just doesn't work that way. I do however, hope they find a way to work together. Based upon history...on some issue but for others...not likely!

    January 21, 2009 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  23. Benn

    Funny the libs are touting the election and how "the people have spoken." They are right. The people elected Obama. They also voted down gay marriage. Why then are the same whack-jobs publishing the names and addresses of traditional marriage supporters thus putting them at risk? Cowards. It's all good as long as it goes your way.

    January 21, 2009 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
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