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. REG in AZ

    President Obama has indicated there is a strong need for nonpartisan cooperation to straighten out the problems and he seems totally sincere in reaching across the isle to accomplish just that. Common sense says though that it just can’t be one way. Today I was watching the senate interviewing of Geithner, Obama’s nominee, and Senator Jon Kyl (R AZ) was being real aggressive and extremely critical when questioning Geithner about the value of the Tax Cuts in the Obama Stimulus package. Now what makes that so noteworthy is that in contrast Senator Kyl simply had been completely and strongly supportive of Bush’s Tax Cuts for the wealthy, seeing them as totally valuable and productive. I even have a letter from Kyl where he offered that the Bush Tax Cuts were so beneficial because they benefited over 400,000 Arizonians (less than 10% of his constituents) but he still refused to identify who benefited, in what amount, by income brackets. This is not untypical behavior for Senator Kyl but it is also an example of the difficulty in getting representatives to drop their political gamesmanship and to start cooperating with the country’s best interest in mind. The current problems are significant and the timing is critical and when a representative puts his politics before his constituents interests, it is disgusting and irresponsible and I think the voters should hold him accountable.

    January 21, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  2. raffaello from liberal CT

    God forbid that Rebublicans get with the program and actually sart with helping to rebuild the government and the country.

    What we have here is a feeble attempt to send a message:
    "We're still here and we haven't learned a thing from the thumping we took on November 4"

    January 21, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  3. Save My Hard Earned $$

    Anyone from the Clinton Justice department should be barred from holing any public office.

    January 21, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  4. believe

    the republicans have not learned a thing, they will never gain back their power, and that's a good thing.

    January 21, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  5. Darko


    You were never a republican. I've seen you post hundreds of times on the ticker. You do nothing but repeat dailykos propaganda. Be proud of your libtardness!

    January 21, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  6. Todd Larson

    Holder deserves to be asked tough questions on this controversial presidential pardon of a billionaire tax evador considering the person that was pardoned was one of the biggest tax evadors in US history and he donated a millions dollars to Clinton's presidential library. Typical Washington politics...

    January 21, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  7. Mike

    They need to make sure they get video of the republicans doing these things. It's the kind of stuff that democrats need to run in advertisements against them during the next election cycle. The repubs think they can act like idiots until just before the next cycle. So this is the time to build up the ammo against them.

    January 21, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  8. sigh

    It wasn't cute when the Dems did it, and it's not cute for the Rep to do it. We need leadership in the Congress... not politicians always looking for the loop holes to screw each other over.

    Which every party you represent, if you are playing ridiculous games like this you should be ashamed. 'We the people' are suffering and you're slowing progress for your own personal, political game.

    January 21, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  9. legal in nc

    For all of you that have a problem with it,,, where were you when the dems did the same thing but worse in 2000 and 2004????

    Maybe you don't remember your mothers telling you,,, "don't dish it out if you can't take it"

    whiney little demotwits, grow up even Leahy said there was nothing illegal about what he did.

    January 21, 2009 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |

    Man, Republicans really suck.

    January 21, 2009 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  11. John

    Is the GOP afraid that the incoming Attorney General just might do his job and investigate those law breakers of the past eight years?

    January 21, 2009 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  12. Carol Myers

    I have to agree with Left Coast Mike, we are tired of it, sick and tired of this kind of politics as usual. I know in my state, Ohio, I will be voting for no Republicans in 2010. They are going to have to earn my vote and the way they pander to the right wing radical with candidates like Palen this is one woman who won't ever vote Republican.
    Carol Ohio

    January 21, 2009 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  13. jim

    What is says is that the man to head the Justice department should have known better and should have objected to rich people buying their pardons. Good for the Republicans. Perhaps this is the start of Obama's call for transparency in government cleaning up Government.

    January 21, 2009 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  14. howie

    Sounds as if the democrats want a automatic stamp of approval on everything they do. Who was yelling when things were diffferent. I will be very upset if all senators and congressmen give Obama a rubber stamp of approval without asking questions. After all isn;t that what we sent them there to do.

    January 21, 2009 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  15. CA Indie for Obama

    florida john,
    I agree that all nominees need to be vetted...harriet myers is one; josh "recess appointment" bolton another. I bet you still think gonzo did nothing wrong when he brought total repub partisan politics into his hiring and firing policy. so yes, I still agree vetting is good.

    does the fact that Holder is on record saying "waterboarding is torture" and cheney (and rumsfeld) have admitted to authorizing waterboarding mean you do not want Holder because he has every legal right to prosecute both? I think dennisk has it right...it is legal and available for the benefit and detriment of both parties. the senators' respective constituencies have the final word.

    January 21, 2009 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  16. Liz



    January 21, 2009 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  17. budburgoonclark

    Let him who is without sin cast the first "NO" vote.

    January 21, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  18. PA

    RIDICULOUS!!! Is this Repubnicant Diversion for their own entertainment going to go on indefinitely! Grow Up They must be really upset about Obama's popularity and Quick Presidential start on truly Taking Care of Business at hand, something none of them know Anything about! Holder is a man of integrity how will they ever deal with that????

    January 21, 2009 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  19. Dick c.

    Amen howie.

    there's always a double standard with the others. They BOOO Bush and me then they want us to respect BO.

    Respect is earned.....BO the empty suit has done no such thing.

    January 21, 2009 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  20. lilacs

    where were this voices of republican party when albert gonzlas was being question for AG, they were to busy handling him with kid gloves. Hypocrites all of them. If it a republican don't ask tough question lets just get him in office and if its a democrat lets nail um to the wall. Republicans GROW UP.

    January 21, 2009 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  21. Mike Dallas

    We do not have the time for the rethugs to be playing these power games.

    Keep it up, and then the Dems will start ignoring you due to your petty whines and will start forcing legislation down your throats.

    Pick your battles wisely, and this is NOT a wise battle, nor was Clintor or Keitner..

    Get on board or get out of the way!

    January 21, 2009 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  22. JON

    OK. The right to be questioned is a valid one, but shouldn't this all be done quickly and timely. It seems to me that all questions should have been posed by now and we need to move forward. We cannot allow something as simple as Cabinet and Admin picks to get bogged down in our politics as usual (that goes for both sides of the aisle). If I don't see more bipartisanship in this term I'm going to have serious doubts about whether our not our government will last in this 21st century world. Let's move forward people!

    January 21, 2009 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  23. TammiT

    Dear Republican Senators/Congess members,

    We will hold you accountable for not pushing through President Obama's agenda and / or approving nominations. Trust me, you don't 2 million people contacting you. All we need to do is tell our people who to contact through MoveOn, etc. and if you don't respond correctly, we'll work to remove you from office.

    Power to the people.

    January 21, 2009 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  24. Van

    I don't have anything against Republicans, but jeez some of you guys are the worst procrastinators. Whenever they don't like something they just put it off. Deal with your issues NOW!

    That's why the last administration was a failure, you guys never got anything done in a timely manner.

    January 21, 2009 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  25. Change Has Come

    Ahh political posturing at it's worst. What a buch of sore losers the GOP is proving to be.

    It's a shame that they would rather fight America than work together to fight for America.

    January 21, 2009 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
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