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. Don

    Standing on the tracks is not a way to slow down a train

    January 21, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  2. Tracy M.

    Well, we knew this was coming. Time to write, e-mail, call your politicians and let them know we're not gonna take this crap anymore. We all know he'll be confirmed; they're just acting like spoiled children. "I'll clean up my room, but only because I WANT to, and I'll do it on my own time." Well, that's fine. Expect consequences. Save your partisan crap for something that matters, or - hey, here's a novel thought - something your constituents care about!

    January 21, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  3. Oilengineer

    I called my local GOP reps and said thank you. Is the solution to bad government truly LESS intensive interview?

    Did Senator Leahy not get his way? Aww poor baby.

    As for Left Coast Mike, Im sure these were representatives from here in Texas, and they just earned my vote. Keep your left wing policies on the left coast where they belong.

    January 21, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  4. Changes in WA

    Virginia, the train wreck happend on Geo. Bush's time...a failing banking industry and economy–skyrocketing unemployment & foreclosures (because he refused to regulate), 2 wars–1 of which had NO basis (that's why he "regrets" not finding WMDs), and trillions of dollars of debt because of the wars and tax breaks for the very wealthy.

    The Obama administration now has to try to put the train back together again so Americans can get back on track. Unfortunately, the wreck is so bad that parts are still falling off the train!

    January 21, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  5. Jackie

    Delaying the vote one week won't affect the course of the Obama administration, and if it will allow committee members to ask the necessary questions to satisfy their (in many cases legitimately troubling) reservations, then what's the harm in that?

    January 21, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  6. Terry, Lakeland Florida

    So the dems want to rubber stamp everything Obama wants and the Reps want to ask hard questions and people only have an issue with the hard questions. This man wants to be out AG, we should ask him hard questions.

    January 21, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  7. Bob


    January 21, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  8. Toby in Illinois

    Games like this will not endear the Justice Department to those who could be held liable for war crimes. As it is, I'm afraid they're all intending to just look the other way. But enough aggravation from the GOP and ...

    January 21, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  9. Allen The Bush Wacker

    It seems that the Repubs have not learned a lesson after the Nov. 4 election and will pay for it in 2010 if the popularity of Obama stays. It looks like they are in favor of confrontation over mediation. I guess losing 15 senate seats in two years is not enough.

    January 21, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  10. Snake eyes


    January 21, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  11. Robin

    Why Holder? Why another of Clinton's minions.

    January 21, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  12. Voter

    I haven't seen who is causing all the trouble here, but I'm willing to be it's the Southern Republicans with the addition of Arlen Specter.

    Just as the forces of stupidity, sexism and racism climbed out from their rocks for the Clinton vote, they appear again.

    America's REAL enemy? the Southern Republicans and their devotees.

    January 21, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  13. Actions have Consequences

    Make the GOP pay a price for this ... spare the rod ... spoil the child.

    January 21, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  14. Fred

    Not surprising. Given his testimony to date, there are several high-level Republication ex-Administration officials that have confessed to war crimes in violation of U.S. laws and treaty agreements, if you follow Holder's readng of U.S.legal precedents.

    January 21, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  15. dennisk

    As long as no rules are being broken, I don't have a problem with the confirmation vote being delayed. The question these Senators' constituents will need to ask themselves is: Did my representative vote for a delay because of legitimate concerns, or was he/she just being pointlessly obstructionist?
    I remember how the Republican-controlled Senate would freeze out the Democrats; I have no interest in seeing the reverse happen, just because "my team won."
    We are the government, and we have serious, serious problems to solve here, people. Let's grow up and get to work.

    January 21, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  16. Leigh

    Bad move, GOP. That's gonna cost.
    In power or out, GOP is still making stupid calls.

    January 21, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  17. Florida John

    Holder is an idiot and you are idiots if you think there should be no questions. If you think that, then you should have also been as vocal when Bush wanted to appoint. Oh wait, I forgot there are 2 sets of rules.

    Holder even admits there were some things wrong with the pardon. If that is true, due we let him off with an apology like Geithner gave and say don't do it again? Please........

    January 21, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  18. chelle

    And here we go again.....he already answered a bunch of questions on this. He admitted it was not handled as well as it should have been. Can we move on now??? The Republicans are making themselves look foolish. Stop with the petty childish games. The man is qualified – now confirm him and let the new administration get going.

    January 21, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  19. jfs Memhis, Tn

    Republicans use your heads you ...IDIOTS. You always want to give your opponents enough rope to hang themselves !!!! NO WONDER YOU LOST THE ELECTION.. be smart ....give Obama what he wants..then find the issues. I think the whole bunch of you were shorted OXYGEN at birth !!!

    January 21, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  20. Darko

    Leahy is a partisan hack.

    Are the democrats really ready to appoint an AG that has shown that he's willing to push the boundaries of the law to get away with obvious immoral decisions.?..just like Alberto.

    There's THOUSANDS of judges/lawyers this country. Hundreds are qualified. Couldn't Obama have found one without the dirty skeletons that Holder has?

    January 21, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  21. karen-Phoenix

    This was just stupid move on the republicans part!!! They have nothing left and if they play liked spoiled little rich boys on the field they are going to get burned even more. The World is watching and this could mark the END of the republican party! AND I was a republican for about 40 years!!! I donated to and voted for Obama and am total ashamed of the republican party!!!

    January 21, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  22. matthew

    This guy plays dumb and pleads ignorance yet everyone tells us that he is so so smart. No he is a patsy and he released terrorists. The guy should be denied the position of AG. Pick someone else Obama.

    January 21, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  23. The Veteran

    Let me see if I have this straight, you want to persecute (and prosecute) the former President for doing everything in his power to protect America from people who would do us harm, yet raise to the highest law enforcement position in the land a person who advocates pardons for people who have done harm to America, and who would seek to remove effective tools for eliciting additional information from people who were captured acting upon intentions to harm US personnel or interests. Is that correct? If so, I'm not sure whose side you or Holder are on, because it certainly doesn't sound like you are standing up for me or this beloved country of ours.

    January 21, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  24. bernj

    Stupid repugs are at it again. And we wonder why this country is at the brink of collapse.

    Holder should be confrimed so he can get to work restoring our civil liberties. The republicans really need to grow up.

    January 21, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  25. Annie, Atlanta

    Florida John, do you know for a fact that Holder is an idiot, or is he just on the wrong side of the political fence for your tastes?

    January 21, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
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