January 21st, 2009
03:29 PM ET
8 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.

Filed under: Eric Holder
soundoff (123 Responses)
  1. Left Coast Mike, Laguna Niguel, CA

    Dumb, dumb, dumb. If the Repubs are going to play the obstructionist game in order to score political points with their ever-shrinking radicalized base, they will pay dearly. We the poeple are tired of this crap. Grow up, get things done, or we will fire you. Get it? End of discussion.

    January 21, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  2. Gerry

    Anyone who voted for the GOP should email and or call their senator and stop these games. There is no time for petty politics. The people need to train the GOP.

    January 21, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  3. Virginia

    I say good for them–at least somebody has some sense to slow down this train wreck that is being called "change"!

    January 21, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  4. White/female/age 55/Texan

    Here we go again... these are the childish things Obama was talking about.

    January 21, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  5. L R

    But this guy helped to pardon a crook. I would like to know why. Is that too much to ask, or are we going to start sweeping stuff under the rug?

    January 21, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  6. Ryan

    This is not a game. PUtting this guy in charge of our justice department is a change, but a change for the worse.

    January 21, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  7. thomas southern

    at wrong GOPis doing , play game

    January 21, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  8. Viet Vet

    Oh, but Gonzo "the Torturer" was fine- -Some morons remain in power

    January 21, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  9. Brina

    The republicans need to grow up.....they already asked these questions and he's answered..it's time to get to work like President Obama is working....

    January 21, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  10. Kevin

    Left Coast Mike:

    The repubs aren't playing games. There are serious questions to be asked of Holder, particularly his record on the 2nd Ammendment, and rushing him through the door will not get these questions answered.

    January 21, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  11. Mia and Mike

    Great.... Reason #1,000,500 why the Republican Party is dwindling down in size, affiliation and power. This is nothing more than them having an immature tantrum and blatant wanting of attention, and the country and world get to see it happen so soon. I can't believe they had the audacity to state one of their reasons for doing so was fear of prosecution of some of their buddies. Nuts!

    January 21, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  12. Ken

    The country voted for a change of direction. It did NOT vote for what is obviously pure and simple obstructionism.

    January 21, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  13. scdemocrat

    virginia, I am going to guess that you are a bitter woman in her late 30's, no children, no hope of a spouse in sight with a terrible self image. Just because you feel so bad about yourself is no reason to be such a shrill partisan hack. That being said I believe the Republicans are in for a world of hurt if they keep this obstructionism up. The American people voted OVERWHELMINGLY for PRESIDENT Obama and his ideas because we are sick of whiny, partisan people who look out for their own idealogy, rather than the good of the people. GROW UP!

    January 21, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  14. Hey Virginia

    Open your eyes girl! The Democrats are in power...

    January 21, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  15. BKrause

    The GOP just doesn't get it.

    January 21, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  16. Proud American

    Typical Idiot republicans, will they ever learn? Their so hatefull, sore losers they will do anything to prevent this country moving forward. They want Mr. Obama to fail so bad they can almost taste it.

    January 21, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  17. Michael

    Attention Democratic Leadership! We did not elect a majority Democratic Congress to put up with more Republican nonsense. CRUSH them.

    January 21, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  18. paul oregon

    repubs. and democrats take heed those of you that chose to play games. will be voted out. and it will happen we the people are tired of being screwed over. 2010 is not that far away.

    January 21, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  19. Northern Virginia the Real Virginia

    So true Virginia,we must stop this train wreck called "change" , because clearly the last eight years certainly weren't a train wreck.

    January 21, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  20. Mike

    Obama should retract this nomination and instead nominate someone that doesn't have a proven track record of selling the services of the Justice Department to the highest bidder. Holder does not represent change.

    January 21, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  21. candidgyal

    The GOP slowing down the process is a waste of time and energy. They are not scoring any points with anyone (unless we count the radicals). Holder will be confirmed with or without those idiots. Time to stop the foolishness and work together to get this country back on track.

    January 21, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  22. Scott the Independent

    I guess the repulbicans will continue until they receive another vote of no confidence by way of loosing a couple more seats. Do these guys ever learn. They delay and put off things just to argue over them when in the end they will make the confirmation anyway. How many dollars are being wasted with a needless delay; what were they doing over the past week when they refused to initial date for confirmation; making fair wells to Bush instead of review his documentation?

    January 21, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  23. Vincent Petrosino

    How does the GOP have the hutzpah to become obstructionist now? After 8 years of complete disaster, what representative does not recognize what the American people want? These political games are over. If the GOP does not join with the Obama administration in this time of crisis, a crisis created by their own party, then we, newly empowered Americans must eliminate even more of them from public office. Conservatism, right-wing religion advocates had their chance and the pendulum has swung. GET WITH THE PROGRAM. As a Pennsylvanian, I am ashamed of Arlen Specter and his petty squabbles with Leahy. We cannot afford another minute much less a week without an Attorney General.

    January 21, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  24. America demands answers

    Delay..suspend, investigate, stop, obstruct, oppose, re-visit, question...all those are few of the GOP's position on all issues from the last 1 month. I just hope Americans wake up and call the entire GOP senators to all this foolishness that is going on. They are not bringing any new thing to the table all they do is ...all the above.

    January 21, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
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    January 21, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
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