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.

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soundoff (123 Responses)
  1. Karen- Change is coming

    The GOP better get on board.. I'm sick of them holding up the process first Hillary now Holder. They are a bunch of sore losers and I'll be happy when they are all gone. Goodbye to the GOP's.. and I mean ALL of them. Their old fashion way of thinking has cost this country dearly. Why can't we all be different but yet come together for a common goal? If the GOP gets their way, they will continue to be stuff shirts, down the thinking of others just because we are different. Yes I'm a Liberal and proud of it.

    January 21, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  2. Ellie

    Jesus.... can the little kids play nice in the sandbox or are they all stuck on BIG EGOS.


    January 21, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  3. yosef

    I came to realize how these GOP senators are becoming greater obstacles for the propose "change!!". Their aim is to weaken the popularity of the Obama's administration by playing a very pitty as well as old game. I hope, America doesn't have enough room for these thugs to sabotage the new administration. May God help the new president!!!

    January 21, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  4. Jim Hill

    Games? Petty politics? Maybe there are some people in Washington who don't want to see this idiot trash our constitution.

    January 21, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  5. Karen- Change is coming

    Again Virginia, you are such a negative person.. Did you call it a train wreck then they gave 700B to Bush and he gave the money to wall street w/o any preconditions. Virginia get on board with improving this country and stop with the negative, toxic thinking.

    January 21, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  6. Cliff

    Sure....we will just "lay down and roll over" now that the LIBS are in control. NOT!!!!!
    This guy has too many skeltons in his closet. I hope they have enough power to not allow his appointment.
    Anything else your loyal servants can do for your LIBS today?

    January 21, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  7. Michael

    I hope that the Repubs get their undies untwisted and get down to business. This sounds like a round of silly politics that needs to play itself out, I guess. But at the end of the day, Holder will be deemed imminently qualified and will be confirmed and all the Repubs will have accomplished is........well, I'm not exactly sure.

    January 21, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  8. Simmy

    I'll bet the same imbeciles who held up Geithner, and are about to delay Holder, and voted against Hillary Clinton are behind these "Republican manuverings." It's "Karl Rovian" tactics still in play. Come next election, many of them will be replaced. How long are they planning to protest the election of change – Until 2016? Most Americans want change more than they care about party affiliations at this time. Keep watching.......

    January 21, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  9. Jim

    You call it playing games. I call it common sense. I vote a split ticket, so I am neither republican or democrat. This guy was not the right person then and is not the right person now. As for you being tired of the games. We all are, that is why right must prevail, not emotion.

    January 21, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  10. Tom

    What is wrong with these people? This country is a mess and their playing games!

    January 21, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  11. Chris from NY

    These Republicans are stupid. Karl Rove spit into the House Judiciary Committe eyes when he refused to appear and answer the House Judiciary committe's questions . And now they Republicans want to stop the confirmation of someone who actually acknowledged his mistakes and apologized for it. God help me, this is as ridiculous as it could get.

    January 21, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  12. Bea

    whatever Virginia....the G.O.P is only worried that a lot of things may not go their way if they don't confirm someone they want....

    January 21, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  13. Raffaello from CT

    Republican are feebly trying to send a message that they still have some "clout". God forbid they should get with the program and actually begin the business of rebuilding our government and country.

    Pathetic, just like the two "no" votes on Hillary.

    January 21, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  14. Joe M

    To Left Coast Mike:

    Me thinks you're not voting Republican anyhoo, eh Mike? 🙂

    January 21, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  15. Lucieann

    The hypocrisy just never stops with the GOPers does it? Cornyn is a poor excuse for a U.S. Senator!

    January 21, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  16. Charlie in Maine

    Wish we had 60.

    January 21, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  17. Wally

    "We the people are tired of this crap"
    Left Coast Mike, Laguna

    You represent only 1 view of many....
    10's of millions have a differing view than yours. Get used to it.
    "We the people" includes more than just those who agree with you!

    January 21, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  18. Isidore Tamo

    I thought all the questions were asked during the hearing and there is no need to delay this confirmation. The country is in a deep hole and apparently the GOP does not get it still. How can they be so insensitive about what this country is going through. We need the cabinet to be at work from day one and the GOP seems not to care. What a shame for those who voted for them!!!

    January 21, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  19. Matt in Oregon

    Great, obstructionism AND political theater. Two of my favorite things.

    January 21, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  20. Matt

    This man helped terrorists who killed police officers get clemency for no other reason but to allow Hillary Clinton to become a Senator. How can we trust this person to punish those he has a record of helping set free. This guy is done so go and find someone else to choose from. The one thing America has is plenty of is lawyers so go find anyone that has not allowed cop killers to go free.

    January 21, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  21. Raffaello from CT

    Virginia, I'm sorry, the only train wreck I see is the last eight years.

    As W. himself so often put it "The American people need to understand" that already seeing failure in our new administration is unpatriotic and small-minded. Rush Limbaugh says, "I hope Obama fails". Are you like Rush?

    January 21, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  22. Ken in Dallas

    Over the Rich pardon? Come on.

    Why didn't they hold up the Mukasey vote when he couldn't tell them the difference between torture and a necktie?

    January 21, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  23. Josh

    So... do the Republicans _REALLY_ want to open the door on looking back at what part lawyers played in shady legal advice given to the oval office? I'm sure there's quite a few people who would _love_ to have an excuse to investigate those who authorized torture.

    January 21, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  24. Meka


    January 21, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  25. Rob

    Political games are not fun when the shoe is on the other foot ! Shady pardons in the dark of night, people who don't pay their taxes as required (wow, imagine that a dim that doesn't pay his taxes on-time ?) You libs need to remember the elections of 1994, so be careful of all this liberal hype you call "change" !!!!!

    January 21, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
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