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    Obama Selects his Top Choice for Attorney General

    I didn't see this posted anywhere, from Reuters:

    [QUOTE]Holder accepts Obama attorney general offer: Democrat

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former Deputy Attorney General Eric Holder has accepted President-elect Barack Obama's offer to head the Justice Department, a senior Democrat said on Tuesday.

    If the appointment is confirmed by the Senate, he would be the first African American to become Attorney General.

    Holder accepted the offer, pending a review to determine if he could win confirmation with broad Democratic and Republican support in the Senate, the senior Democrat said.

    (Reporting by Thomas Ferraro; Editing by Chris Wilson)[/QUOTE]


    Comments? I don't know much about this fella.

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    [QUOTE=pauliec;2869390]Comments? I don't know much about this fella.[/QUOTE]

    He's a Socialist.

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    he's no alberto gonsalez

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    [QUOTE=Wikipedia]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_Holder

    [IMG]http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/fe/Eric_Holder.jpg[/IMG]

    [B][U]Eric Himpton Holder, Jr.[/U][/B] (born January 21, 1951) is a former Deputy Attorney General of the United States and a senior legal advisor to Barack Obama, the former U.S. Senator from Illinois and President-elect of the United States, and his campaign for the presidency. Along with Caroline Kennedy and Jim Johnson, he served on Obama's vice presidential selection committee.[1] On November 18, 2008, Michael Isikoff of Newsweek reported that Holder has been asked to serve as United States Attorney General by President-elect Obama, and has accepted the offer, pending a formal vetting process.[2]

    Biography
    Holder was born in 1951 in The Bronx, New York, to parents who had emigrated from Barbados. He grew up in Queens and was educated at Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan and attended Columbia University, where he earned a B.A. in 1973 and a J.D. in 1976.[3]

    After graduating from Columbia Law School Holder worked in the U.S. Justice Department as a trial attorney in the Public Integrity section from 1976 to 1988. He was then appointed by President Ronald Reagan to serve as an Associate Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.[1]

    In 1993 Holder was appointed U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia by President Bill Clinton. In 1997, upon the spring retirement of Jamie Gorelick, Clinton nominated Holder to be the next Deputy Attorney General. Holder was quickly confirmed several months later in the Senate by a unanimous vote[4]. During his confirmation hearing, Holder's opposition to the death penalty was questioned, but he pledged his intention to cooperate with the current laws and Attorney General Janet Reno, saying, "I am not a proponent of the death penalty, but I will enforce the law as this Congress gives it to us" [4]. Holder was the first African American to serve in each of those positions.[5][3]

    As Deputy Attorney General, Holder was, along with Jack Quinn, drawn into controversy surrounding President Clinton's pardon of fugitive Marc Rich. While the Justice Department had no direct involvement in the pardon, Holder gave a "neutral, leaning towards favorable" opinion of the pardon to Clinton, which provided the administration cover for the Rich pardon on Clinton's final day in office.[6]

    Holder served as Acting Attorney General under President George W. Bush for several weeks until the Senate confirmed Bush's nominee, John Ashcroft.[7]

    Since 2001, Holder has worked as an attorney at Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C.[3] In 2004, Holder helped negotiate an agreement with the Justice Department for Chiquita Brands International in a case that involved Chiquita's payment of "protection money" to the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia, a paramilitary group that has been designated a terrorist group by the United States government.[8][9] In the agreement, Chiquita's officials pleaded guilty and paid a fine of $25 million.[9] Holder represents Chiquita in the civil action which grew out of this criminal case.[9]

    In late 2007, Holder joined Senator Barack Obama's presidential campaign as a senior legal advisor. He served on Obama's vice presidential selection committee.[1]

    In June 2008, Holder was considered to be a leading candidate for Attorney General under an Obama Administration.[10]

    On November 18, 2008, President-elect Barack Obama selected Eric Holder as his attorney general.[2] If his nomination is approved by the U.S. Senate, he will be the first African-American to head the Justice Department.[2] Holder's ascension to the Cabinet will follow the paths of General Colin Powell, who served as Secretary of State in the administration of George W. Bush, and Condoleezza Rice, Powell's successor at State under President Bush, as prominent African-American members of a presidential cabinet.

    Holder is married to Sharon Malone, an obstetrician; the couple has three children.[11][/QUOTE]

    Simple enough to look him up for at least the basics.

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    Don't forget Ashcroft or what he is now called Dean of Regent Law.



    [QUOTE=bitonti;2869402]he's no alberto gonsalez[/QUOTE]

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    [QUOTE=Warfish;2869404]Simple enough to look him up for at least the basics.[/QUOTE]

    I'm not talking about the basics, War... I want the juicy stuff ;)

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    He was the favorite all along.

    Had a reputation as a corruption fighter as a prosecutor. Rose in the justice department under Janet Reno, and then actually served as interim attorney general under Bush during the few weeks leading up to Ashcroft's confirmation. He's seen as a centrist.

    He'll get some heat at his confirmation hearing for having not opposed Bill Clinton's infamous pardon of Marc Rich back in 2000 (his official rec was "neutral"), but he's generally seen as an honest, competent, non-ideological guy.

    He was also on the selection committee that picked Joe Biden as veep.

    Here's Newsweek's story...

    [QUOTE]President-elect Obama has decided to tap Eric Holder as his attorney general, putting the veteran Washington lawyer in place to become the first African-American to head the Justice Department, according to two legal sources close to the presidential transition.

    Holder, who served as deputy attorney general during the Clinton administration, still has to undergo a formal “vetting” review by the Obama transition team before the selection is final and is publicly announced, said one of the sources, who asked not to be identified talking about the transition process. But in the discussions over the past few days, Obama offered Holder the job and he accepted, the source said. The announcement is not likely until after Obama announces his choices to lead the Treasury and State departments.

    Holder, 57, has been on Obama’s “short list” for attorney general from the outset. A partner at the D.C. law firm of Covington & Burling, Holder served as co-chief (along with Caroline Kennedy) of Obama’s vice-presidential selection process. He also actively campaigned for Obama throughout the year and grew personally close to the president-elect. Holder has not returned a call seeking comment; a spokeswoman for the Obama transition team told Newsweek in an e-mail early Tuesday afternoon that no decision has been made.

    The sources said the Obama transition team is still debating over who should serve under Holder in the key post of deputy attorney general. One top candidate, favored by Obama chief of staff Rahm Emanuel and other former Clinton White House officials, is Elena Kagan, dean of the Harvard Law School and a former lawyer in the White House counsel’s office under Clinton. Another top candidate, favored by other Obama advisors, is David Ogden, a former chief of staff to Attorney General Janet Reno, who is currently heading Obama’s Justice Department transition team. Kagan brings legal policy credentials; Ogden has more experience in the Justice Department trenches.

    The only hesitancy about Holder’s selection was that he himself had reservations about going through a confirmation process that was likely to revive questions about his role in signing off on the controversial pardon of fugitive financier Marc Rich. Although there is no evidence that Holder actively pushed the pardon, he was criticized for not raising with the White House the strong objections that some Justice Department lawyers and federal prosecutors in New York had to pardoning somebody who had fled the country. But after reviewing the evidence in the case, and checking with staffers on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Obama aides and Holder both decided the issue was highly unlikely to prove an obstacle to his confirmation, one of the sources said--especially given the Democrats’ more sizable post-election majority in the Senate.

    [B]A New York City native who graduated from Columbia University and Columbia Law School, Holder spent years as a federal prosecutor—a job in which he earned a reputation as tough and aggressive foe of public corruption. After serving in the public integrity section of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and later a District of Columbia Superior Court judge, Holder was named by President Clinton as U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia. [/B][B]He became deputy attorney general in 1997 under Janet Reno and was viewed as a centrist on most law enforcement issues, though he has sharply criticized the secrecy and the expansive views of executive power advanced by the Bush Justice Department.[/B][/QUOTE]

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    [QUOTE=cr726;2869423]Don't forget Ashcroft or what he is now called Dean of Regent Law.[/QUOTE]

    my favorite was when Bush tried to get his cleaning lady on the supreme court. Ah... good times.

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    [QUOTE=pauliec;2869428]I'm not talking about the basics, War... I want the juicy stuff ;)[/QUOTE]

    What is there to know that Wiki didn't cover, really? He's another Clinton Guy. Good for him, I guess.

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    More on Holder.

    This is his official bio from his law firm's web site. I did not know he was originally a Reagan appointee:

    [url]http://www.cov.com/eholder/[/url]

    [QUOTE]Mr. Holder is a litigation partner who handles, among other matters, complex civil and criminal cases, domestic and international advisory matters and internal corporate investigations.

    During his professional career, Mr. Holder has held a number of significant positions in government. Upon graduating from Columbia Law School, he moved to Washington, DC and joined the Department of Justice as part of the Attorney General's Honors Program. He was assigned to the newly formed Public Integrity Section in 1976 and was tasked to investigate and prosecute official corruption on the local, state and federal levels. While at the Public Integrity Section, Mr. Holder participated in a number of prosecutions and appeals involving such defendants as the Treasurer of the state of Florida, the Ambassador to the Dominican Republic, a local judge in Philadelphia, an Assistant United States Attorney in New York City, agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and a "capo" in an organized crime family in Pennsylvania.

    [B]In 1988, Mr. Holder was nominated by President Reagan to become an Associate Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. [/B] He was confirmed by the Senate and his investiture occurred in October of that year. Over the next five years, Judge Holder presided over hundreds of civil and criminal trials and matters. Many of the trials involved homicides and other crimes of violence.

    In 1993, President Clinton nominated Mr. Holder to become the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia. He was confirmed later that year and served as the head of the largest United States Attorneys office in the nation for nearly four years. He was the first black person to serve in that position. As U.S. Attorney, Mr. Holder created a Domestic Violence Unit to more effectively handle those types of tragic cases, implemented a community prosecution project to work hand in hand with residents and local government agencies in order to make neighborhoods safer, supported a renewed enforcement emphasis on hate crimes so that criminal acts of intolerance would be severely punished, developed a comprehensive strategy to improve the manner in which agencies handled cases involving the abuse of children, launched a community outreach program to reconnect the U.S. Attorney's office with the citizens it serves, revitalized the Victim/Witness Assistance Program to better serve those individuals who were directly affected by crime and developed "Operation Ceasefire," an initiative designed to reduce violent crime by getting guns out of the hands of criminals.

    In 1997, President Clinton appointed Mr. Holder to serve as Deputy Attorney General, the number two position in the United States Department of Justice. He became the first African-American to serve as Deputy Attorney General. Mr. Holder briefly served under President Bush as Acting Attorney General pending the confirmation of Attorney General John Ashcroft.

    As Deputy Attorney General, Mr. Holder supervised all of the Department's litigating, enforcement, and administrative components in both civil and criminal matters. Under his guidance, the Department developed and issued its guidelines on the criminal prosecution of corporations (the so called "Holder Memorandum") and issued guidelines on the use of the False Claims Act in civil health care matters. A task force he created also developed the existing regulation concerning the appointment of special counsels to investigate allegations involving high-level federal officials. He began the Department's Children Exposed to Violence Initiative and made Department priorities enforcement efforts in health care fraud, computer crimes and software piracy. Mr. Holder successfully worked to fund and expand nationwide the concept of community prosecution which seeks to connect more directly prosecutors with the citizens they serve. At the request of the President, Mr. Holder began and directed Lawyers for One America a multi-agency, public/private partnership designed to diversify the legal profession and to increase the amount of pro bono work done by the nation's attorneys. As Deputy Attorney General Mr. Holder was at that time the highest-ranking black person in law enforcement in the history of the United States.

    Mr. Holder's community activities include service on a number of philanthropic boards including, Columbia University, the Meyer Foundation, Save the Children, and his long time membership in the organization Concerned Black Men, a group that seeks to help the youth of the District of Columbia with problems ranging from teenage pregnancy to sub-par academic achievement. He has received numerous awards and honorary degrees and is featured in The Best Lawyers in America 2007. Mr. Holder was profiled in the June 2008 issue of The American Lawyer and was recognized as one of "The Most 50 Influential Minority Lawyers in America" by The National Law Journal. He has also been identified by Legal Times as one of the "Greatest Washington Lawyers of the Past 30 Years."

    He has also served on the board of MCI prior to and during its merger with Verizon. Mr. Holder was a member of the U.S. Sentencing Commission Ad Hoc Advisory Group that examined, and made recommendations to revise, the organizational sentencing guidelines and was Chairman of Eastman Kodak's External Diversity Advisory Panel.

    Mr. Holder was born in New York City. He attended public schools there, graduating from Stuyvesant High School where he earned a Regents Scholarship. He attended Columbia College, majored in American History, and graduated in 1973. Mr. Holder then attended Columbia Law School from which he graduated in 1976. While in law school, he clerked at the N.A.A.C.P. Legal Defense Fund and the Department of Justice's Criminal Division. Mr. Holder lives in Washington, DC with his wife, Dr. Sharon Malone, an obstetrician, and their three children.[/QUOTE]

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    [QUOTE=nuu faaola;2869519]More on Holder.

    This is his official bio from his law firm's web site. I did not know he was originally a Reagan appointee:

    [url]http://www.cov.com/eholder/[/url][/QUOTE]

    I wouldn't put much meaning behind that fact. It was a low-level judicial nominee, doubtless handled by lower-downs that Reagans himself.

    although I am sure certain forum elements will race to claim this trivia means he's "nonpartisan" and that he isn't REALLY a Clinton Guy, but a well respected by both sides blah, blah, blah.....same old stuff, different nomination.

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    Mukasey was a good pick, well after the first two blunders. Mukasey represents what the AG is suppose to be and I hope this guy will too! He has the background for it.

    [QUOTE=Warfish;2869561]I wouldn't put much meaning behind that fact. It was a low-level judicial nominee, doubtless handled by lower-downs that Reagans himself.

    although I am sure certain forum elements will race to claim this trivia means he's "nonpartisan" and that he isn't REALLY a Clinton Guy, but a well respected by both sides blah, blah, blah.....same old stuff, different nomination.[/QUOTE]

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    [i]Napolitano: Tell me, Mr. Holder, why did you not get a court order authorizing you to go in and get the boy?

    Holder: Because we didn't need a court order. INS can do this on its own.

    Napolitano: You know that a court order would have given you the cloak of respectability to have seized the boy.

    Holder: We didn't need an order.

    Napolitano: Then why did you ask the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals for such an order if you didn't need one?

    Holder: [Silence]

    Napolitano: The fact is, for the first time in history you have taken a child from his residence at gunpoint to enforce your custody position, even though you did not have an order authorizing it.

    Earlier in that interview, Holder showed that he wouldn't admit the truth, even when in plain sight:

    Napolitano: When is the last time a boy, a child, was taken at the point of a gun without an order of a judge. Unprecedented in American history."

    Holder: "He was not taken at the point of a gun."

    Napolitano: "We have a photograph showing he was taken at the point of a gun."

    Holder: "They were armed agents who went in there who acted very sensitively..."[/i]

    [IMG]http://www.famouspictures.org/mag/images/6/61/ElianRaid.jpg[/IMG]

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    Link. Please I would be interested to see the rest of the interview.

    [QUOTE=BrooklynBound;2869589][i]Napolitano: Tell me, Mr. Holder, why did you not get a court order authorizing you to go in and get the boy?

    Holder: Because we didn't need a court order. INS can do this on its own.

    Napolitano: You know that a court order would have given you the cloak of respectability to have seized the boy.

    Holder: We didn't need an order.

    Napolitano: Then why did you ask the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals for such an order if you didn't need one?

    Holder: [Silence]

    Napolitano: The fact is, for the first time in history you have taken a child from his residence at gunpoint to enforce your custody position, even though you did not have an order authorizing it.

    Earlier in that interview, Holder showed that he wouldn't admit the truth, even when in plain sight:

    Napolitano: When is the last time a boy, a child, was taken at the point of a gun without an order of a judge. Unprecedented in American history."

    Holder: "He was not taken at the point of a gun."

    Napolitano: "We have a photograph showing he was taken at the point of a gun."

    Holder: "They were armed agents who went in there who acted very sensitively..."[/i]

    [IMG]http://www.famouspictures.org/mag/images/6/61/ElianRaid.jpg[/IMG][/QUOTE]

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    [QUOTE=nuu faaola;2869433]He was the favorite all along.

    Had a reputation as a corruption fighter as a prosecutor. Rose in the justice department under Janet Reno, and then actually served as interim attorney general under Bush during the few weeks leading up to Ashcroft's confirmation. He's seen as a centrist.

    He'll get some heat at his confirmation hearing for having not opposed Bill Clinton's infamous pardon of Marc Rich back in 2000 (his official rec was "neutral"), but he's generally seen as an honest, competent, non-ideological guy.

    He was also on the selection committee that picked Joe Biden as veep.

    Here's Newsweek's story...[/QUOTE]

    If the Republicans take the same low road the Dems used on Bush's picks, we are going to see some ugly bashing over the Rich affair. Even moreso than Monica, the Marc Rich affair was at the top of the the long list of Clinton Improprieties.

    But what could you expect the guy to do, say no to Clinton? He was a rookie.

    If he did, man would I respect him:) Now it is like he has to prove himself al over again.

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    You notice we can actually comment on his "experience".

    [QUOTE=JCnflies;2869629]If the Republicans take the same low road the Dems used on Bush's picks, we are going to see some ugly bashing over the Rich affair. Even moreso than Monica, the Marc Rich affair was at the top of the the long list of Clinton Improprieties.

    But what could you expect the guy to do, say no to Clinton? He was a rookie.

    If he did, man would I respect him:) Now it is like he has to prove himself al over again.[/QUOTE]

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    [QUOTE=cr726;2869608]Link. Please I would be interested to see the rest of the interview.[/QUOTE]

    [url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCS__4aippo&NR=1[/url]

    At least he isn't a liar. Oh wait. Another Clinton retread.

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    I will take a retread that actually worked in the Pre-Bible thumper DOJ anyday.


    [QUOTE=BrooklynBound;2869644][url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCS__4aippo&NR=1[/url]

    At least he isn't a liar. Oh wait. Another Clinton retread.[/QUOTE]

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    [QUOTE=cr726;2869675]I will take a retread that actually worked in the Pre-Bible thumper DOJ anyday.[/QUOTE]

    Such standards you have. Those are the only two options?

    Change = Clinton retreads

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    [QUOTE=BrooklynBound;2869687]Such standards you have. Those are the only two options?

    Change = Clinton retreads[/QUOTE]

    change = competent

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