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GOP setting up roadblocks for Holder
Politico ^ | 1/13/09 | JOHN BRESNAHAN

Posted on 01/14/2009 7:29:39 AM PST by george76

Senate Republicans have invited the son of man killed in a 1975 Puerto Rican nationalist bombing as well as a former FBI agent who investigated two violent groups supporting Puerto Rican independence to appear at Eric Holder’s confirmation hearings.

In particular, they question Holder’s role in President Clinton’s 2001 pardon of fugitive financier Marc Rich as well as Holder’s involvement in Clinton’s 1999 decision to grant clemency to 16 violent Puerto Rican nationalists.

To drive home those questions, Republicans have arranged for Joseph F. Connor, whose father was killed in the Jan. 24, 1975, bombing of Fraunces Tavern in New York City, to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee as it considers Holder’s nomination.

"Eric Holder has been nominated for the top law enforcement position in the country, yet, if this is true, he supported and pushed for the release of terrorists," Connor told the Los Angeles Times in a Jan. 9 story on Holder’s role in the clemency application for the Puerto Rican nationalists. These individuals were members of the group FALN and another organization.

Clinton granted the clemency requests in 1999, and Holder helped override concerns from top DOJ officials about the decision, according to the newspaper. "How can he reconcile that? Why would he push for something so dangerous?"Connor asked.

Richard “Rick” Hahn is another GOP witness. Hahn investigated the FALN’s activities for 13 years, and he told the L.A. Times that Holder’s involvement in the commutations was “an outrage.”

Holder’s commitment - or lack thereof - to the rights of gun owners and the Second Amendment has also become a talking point for Republicans opposing his confirmation.

(Excerpt) Read more at politico.com ...


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: District of Columbia
KEYWORDS: 111th; 2ndamendment; banglist; bhoag; bhodoj; clinton; ericholder; faln; gop; gunowners; holder; marcrich; secondamendment

1 posted on 01/14/2009 7:29:39 AM PST by george76
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To: george76

“In particular, they question Holder’s role in President Clinton’s 2001 pardon of fugitive financier Marc Rich as well as Holder’s involvement in Clinton’s 1999 decision to grant clemency to 16 violent Puerto Rican nationalists.”

ROADBLOCK????


2 posted on 01/14/2009 7:31:48 AM PST by jessduntno (Barack - Kenyan for "High Wind, Big Thunder, No Rain")
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To: george76
"Republicans have arranged for Joseph F. Connor, whose father was killed in the Jan. 24, 1975, bombing of Fraunces Tavern in New York City, to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee as it considers Holder’s nomination."

Good idea.

3 posted on 01/14/2009 7:32:47 AM PST by Paladin2 (No, pundits strongly believe that the proper solution is more dilution.)
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To: george76
I am actually surprised by the almost complete lack of interest here on FR about holder. He is a anti-gun Clinton dirt bag from way back.
4 posted on 01/14/2009 7:33:40 AM PST by mad_as_he$$ (Government only does one thing well - WASTE MONEY!)
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To: george76

I don’t see this working, to be honest.

The GOP needs to go after the Sec of Treasury nominee.


5 posted on 01/14/2009 7:33:47 AM PST by Badeye (There are no 'great moments' in Moderate Political History. Only losses.)
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To: george76

Holders chix comin’ home!


6 posted on 01/14/2009 7:36:02 AM PST by devistate one four (Impatiently waiting for the next tea party! Tet '68)
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To: george76

I’m interested to see where this nomination goes but what I’m waiting for is O’s appointment of a new F.B.I director. You have to know that there’s no way he’s keeping Muller. Is this where Gorelick will wind up?


7 posted on 01/14/2009 7:36:34 AM PST by surrey
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To: mad_as_he$$

The Republicans are powerless. All they can do is grandstand and mope. They cannot stop this or anyone else’s nomination from being approved.............


8 posted on 01/14/2009 7:39:55 AM PST by Red Badger (I was sad because I had no shoes to throw, until I met a reporter who had no feet.....)
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To: Red Badger
Its pretty clear Holder got some of the same grease the Clintons got from the Mark Rich deal. There's no telling how Holder and the Clintons made out from the PR terrorists.
9 posted on 01/14/2009 7:43:40 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: mad_as_he$$
I am very concerned and have stated so... but FR is being overrun with liberal philosophy today... there is an abundance of “go along to get along” infecting us these days. We even have some FReepers embracing socialist agendas because they are "good" for the people.

LLS

10 posted on 01/14/2009 7:44:08 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (hussein will NEVER be my president... NEVER!)
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To: Badeye

I don’t see this working, to be honest.

The GOP needs to go after the Sec of Treasury nominee.


If the republicans in congress had a set they could eliminate a number of these cabinet people. Geithner, Holder, Daschle for his lobby ties, Browner.

What a ship of fools. (the cabinet appointees -— actually the Republicans also.)


11 posted on 01/14/2009 7:44:45 AM PST by kezzek
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

The only way to stop Holder is to raise a big stink, which the republicans will not do for fear of being called racists.....


12 posted on 01/14/2009 7:45:39 AM PST by Red Badger (I was sad because I had no shoes to throw, until I met a reporter who had no feet.....)
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To: LibLieSlayer

We have to beat the Republicans before we have a hope of beating the Democrats.


13 posted on 01/14/2009 7:46:52 AM PST by ichabod1 (Change is not a destination, Hope is not a strategy)
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To: kezzek

I know.


14 posted on 01/14/2009 7:49:05 AM PST by Badeye (There are no 'great moments' in Moderate Political History. Only losses.)
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To: Badeye

It seems that a LOT of Obama’s nominees have shady dealings in their past.


15 posted on 01/14/2009 7:54:15 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Obama is living proof that stupid people should not be allowed to vote.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

Of course, when you are a lightweight political hack from the Daly chicago machine, it was inevitable.

Pity McLame didn’t have the gonads to talk about it.


16 posted on 01/14/2009 7:56:04 AM PST by Badeye (There are no 'great moments' in Moderate Political History. Only losses.)
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To: mad_as_he$$

I wrote both my Senators about my opposition to Holder. I can’t wait to see Hatch’s reply, particularly after reading his pathetic reply to my support for clemency for a couple of Border Patrol agents.


17 posted on 01/14/2009 8:06:51 AM PST by Andyman (The truth shall make you FReep.)
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To: Red Badger
I want the testimony on the record. Pound him with it every time we get a chance.
18 posted on 01/14/2009 8:09:26 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: mad_as_he$$
It's pretty much assumed that with a Rat-controlled Senate, Barry will get all of his nominees. But if we concentrate on one or two weak nominees (Richardson certainly would have been one of them), we can cause some early embarrassment for Zero. Holder's the next best candidate for such treatment, but he's going to get in anyway.
19 posted on 01/14/2009 8:11:58 AM PST by hunter112 (We seem to be on an excrement river in a Native American watercraft without a propulsion device.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

If the Republicans raise too much of a stink, the chairman will have their remarks stricken from the record, and they will be banned from the hearings. The chairman can declare a question “Not Allowed” and the Republicans cannot do a thing............


20 posted on 01/14/2009 8:13:12 AM PST by Red Badger (I was sad because I had no shoes to throw, until I met a reporter who had no feet.....)
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To: george76
Former GOP Sen. John Warner (Va.) . . . scheduled to appear before the panel in favor of Holder’s nomination.

He has left office, but our former RINO senator from hell refuses to stop screwing us.

21 posted on 01/14/2009 8:15:27 AM PST by freespirited
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To: mad_as_he$$; holdonnow; rush; RustyHumphries
I am actually surprised by the almost complete lack of interest here on FR about holder. He is a anti-gun Clinton dirt bag from way back.

Completely agree. This guy can do so much damage to our gun rights that we'll never recover from. My question is where are our talkies on this?

Levin touched on him for about a minute. He needs to be hammered with prejudice.

His hearings start tomorrow.

23 posted on 01/14/2009 8:20:26 AM PST by Current Occupant (The FIVE branches of Gov't: Executive, Judicial, Legislative, Indoctrination and Propaganda.)
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To: Red Badger

I wonder if Republicans will be able to do “Senatorial Holds” on nominees and legislation.


24 posted on 01/14/2009 8:23:50 AM PST by ichabod1 (Change is not a destination, Hope is not a strategy)
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To: Badeye

they need to go after BOTH Holder and Geithner....


25 posted on 01/14/2009 8:25:02 AM PST by goodnesswins (Tell the truth - GOEBBELIZATION (propaganda) is what many voters suffer from.....)
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To: ichabod1

Only if they dare risk being called racists and bigots.............


26 posted on 01/14/2009 8:26:16 AM PST by Red Badger (I was sad because I had no shoes to throw, until I met a reporter who had no feet.....)
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To: goodnesswins

True enough, I just think they have no chance of stopping Holder...if for no other reason than RINO’s like McLame and Spectator.


27 posted on 01/14/2009 8:26:34 AM PST by Badeye (There are no 'great moments' in Moderate Political History. Only losses.)
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To: george76

Call your Senators—even your Dem Sen ators(phone numbers are on senate.gov) and tell them no way on Holder, Browner, Geithner,Solis and Clinton.

Let’s prep the political battlefield.


28 posted on 01/14/2009 8:28:17 AM PST by exit82 (The Obama Cabinet: There was more brainpower on Gilligan's Island.)
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To: Red Badger

RINOs to the left of me...


29 posted on 01/14/2009 8:30:19 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: george76

Good.

As I said, if they can’t stop Holder, they should stop pretending they are an effective political party. Holder is probably the worst of Obama’s choices.


30 posted on 01/14/2009 8:43:35 AM PST by ZULU ( God, guts and guns made America great. Non nobis, non nobis Domine, sed nomini tuo da gloriam.)
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To: Red Badger
The only way to stop Holder is to raise a big stink, which the republicans will not do for fear of being called racists.....

Wow, I've loathed and opposed this guy for his pardon malfeasance and gun banner stance and until this post, I didn't know he was black. I guess that makes me a racist *rolleyes*

31 posted on 01/14/2009 8:52:38 AM PST by Malsua
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To: Malsua

I hope Mr. Robinson is screening new sign-ups to FR. There’s an army of obamabot trolls probing all over the place.

Just look what happened to http://www.teamsarah.org


32 posted on 01/14/2009 10:12:37 AM PST by bicyclerepair (Ft. Lauderdale Florida)
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To: george76

The Republicans need to stand solidly against EVERYTHING that Uhbama and the Democrats do. They should stand on principle. They should not be afraid to use words like “liar”, or “evil”, or “unconstitutional”, or “socialist”. They should fight tooth and nail against Obammunism....They should...but I don’t have high hopes... (since when have the Republicans stood on principle? Much less conservative principles?)


33 posted on 01/14/2009 1:17:30 PM PST by SandWMan (End Women's Suffrage Now!)
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