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Specter draws blood from Holder
Politico ^ | January 15, 2009

Posted on 01/16/2009 9:25:52 AM PST by rightwingintelligentsia

It took nearly eight-and-a-half hours, but Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) finally got under Eric Holder's skin.

Specter was questioning Holder on why Holder objected to the appointment of an independent counsel to investigate alleged fundraising violations by former Vice President Al Gore during the 1990s.

Holder overruled former FBI Director Louis Freeh, who is now supporting Holder's nomination, in opposing that move. Holder pointed out that career DOJ lawyers in the Public Integrity Section backed his position, which then Attorney General Janet Reno eventually adopted.

Specter disagreed with that assessment, and he said that incident, along with Holder's involvement in the Marc Rich pardon scandal, raised doubts about his fitness for the post of attorney general.

"I think it's so clear that it raises questions about your fitness for the job," Specter said.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 111th; arlenspecter; bhodoj; confirmation; ericholder; hearings; specter

1 posted on 01/16/2009 9:25:53 AM PST by rightwingintelligentsia
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Surprises never end.


2 posted on 01/16/2009 9:28:04 AM PST by devistate one four (Impatiently waiting for the next tea party! Tet '68)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

ping


3 posted on 01/16/2009 9:28:06 AM PST by unkus
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

I hope Spector asks Holder if he considers burning children alive at Waco is torture...


4 posted on 01/16/2009 9:29:14 AM PST by Republicus2001
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Gee... Specter acting like a Republican senator? What next?


5 posted on 01/16/2009 9:29:25 AM PST by y6162
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Holder will be obviously the most corrupt, totalitarian Attorney General in American history.


6 posted on 01/16/2009 9:29:25 AM PST by FormerACLUmember
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To: devistate one four

He is up for re-election in 2010...


7 posted on 01/16/2009 9:30:37 AM PST by Arizona Carolyn
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

“Specter disagreed with that assessment, stating that Holder is not legal under Scottish law.....”


8 posted on 01/16/2009 9:30:51 AM PST by Psalm 73 ("Gentlemen, you can't fight in here - this is the War Room".)
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To: Psalm 73

BUMP!


9 posted on 01/16/2009 9:34:32 AM PST by Publius6961 (Change is not a plan; Hope is not a strategy.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

I must say, this Scottish-made wool sweater is serving me *very* well today.


10 posted on 01/16/2009 9:35:56 AM PST by agrarianlady
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

[”You’re getting close to the line. You’re getting close to questioning my integrity,” Holder said. “That is not appropriate. That is not fair.”]

WAAAH WAAAH! What a whiner!

Liberals have been questioning President Bush and every other Bush Admin official’s integrity for 8+ years!


11 posted on 01/16/2009 9:36:07 AM PST by KansasGirl
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

You mean Sen. Sphincter actually grew a set (at least temporarily). Who knew?


12 posted on 01/16/2009 9:36:07 AM PST by Sig Sauer P220 (The Big 3 Auto Makers - Where Attention to Kwality is Jobe Won.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Wasn’t Specter the one who ripped Anita Hill during Judge Thomas’s hearings?... He can be a tough opponent when he gets on your case, imo.


13 posted on 01/16/2009 9:36:09 AM PST by deport
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
For the first time in today's session, Holder showed some temper.

"You're getting close to the line. You're getting close to questioning my integrity," Holder said. "That is not appropriate. That is not fair."

No one is allowed to question his integrity? I think that's one of the fundamental problems with the Washington elite - they have no integrity!

14 posted on 01/16/2009 9:39:43 AM PST by Renkluaf
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To: Renkluaf

Holder better watch out. He is about to become about as popular as Longshanks (Indeed, maybe its face-painting time).


15 posted on 01/16/2009 9:43:55 AM PST by rod1
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To: Psalm 73
"“Specter disagreed with that assessment, stating that Holder is not legal under Scottish law.....”"

Aye, but is not Kenyan law now in rule here?

16 posted on 01/16/2009 9:45:29 AM PST by Diogenesis
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
You're getting close to questioning my integrity," Holder said.

Holder?

Integrity?

yea right

17 posted on 01/16/2009 9:45:50 AM PST by A message
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Spectre could have really drove the point home much better, if after Holder replied about “questioning his integrity”, he had replied, “Duh? Ya think?”.


18 posted on 01/16/2009 9:50:28 AM PST by ImpBill ("America ... where are you now?" signed, a little "r" republican!)
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To: devistate one four

Arlen is in re-election mode.


19 posted on 01/16/2009 9:59:59 AM PST by Carley (Remember when we had a real President)
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To: deport

Yes, he did. But the following year when he was up for reelection and was running against a woman in the “year of the woman”, he wimped out and started apologizing for being so tough on her.


20 posted on 01/16/2009 10:10:12 AM PST by murron (Proud Marine Mom)
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To: FormerACLUmember
Holder will be obviously the most corrupt, totalitarian Attorney General in American history.

Oh, no no no...Surely you know that title is reserved for the eeeeevil John Ashcroft, who hated black people and wanted to wiretap billions of innocent Americans so he could force his religious beliefs on them. Plus, he was Hitler...AND Satan...Both...

21 posted on 01/16/2009 10:25:07 AM PST by opus86
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
Holder has long viewed the AG spot as "his." His PRECIOUSSsss. You'd better not threaten to take away his Precious. When you do, the meek, gentlemanly face gives way ...


22 posted on 01/16/2009 10:28:57 AM PST by pogo101
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To: Carley

I see.


23 posted on 01/16/2009 10:29:47 AM PST by devistate one four (Impatiently waiting for the next tea party! Tet '68)
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To: y6162
Gee... Specter acting like a Republican senator? What next?

Sadly enough, he'll get over it.

24 posted on 01/16/2009 10:39:40 AM PST by RobinOfKingston (Democrats, the party of evil. Republicans, the party of stupid.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
"You're getting close to the line. You're getting close to questioning my integrity," Holder said. "That is not appropriate. That is not fair."

What integrity?

25 posted on 01/16/2009 10:39:50 AM PST by TigersEye (One shot revolution.)
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To: Renkluaf
just imagine what Holder, the MSM, or any Dem for that matter, would say if either Justices Roberts or Alito had stated (with every right to do so in their case) during their confirmation hearings ... "You're getting close to the line. You're getting close to questioning my integrity."
26 posted on 01/16/2009 10:42:41 AM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: KansasGirl
”You’re getting close to the line. You’re getting close to questioning my integrity,” Holder said. “That is not appropriate. That is not fair.”

Not fair? You've got to be kidding.

27 posted on 01/16/2009 10:46:23 AM PST by don'tspeak4me
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To: KansasGirl
You’re getting close to questioning my integrity,” Holder said. “That is not appropriate. That is not fair.”

Silly me. I always thought that the purpose of the Senate's 'Advice and Consent' role in appointments was precisely to 'question' the qualifications, temperament and integrity of nominees.

28 posted on 01/16/2009 10:51:36 AM PST by Ditto
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To: Ditto

Liberals, when pressed, resort to statements of selective indignation..


29 posted on 01/16/2009 11:13:02 AM PST by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: Arizona Carolyn
He is up for re-election in 2010...

Damn, AC, you beat me to it!

A shame, isn't it, that when a politician half does something right, the first instinct is to see when he/she is up for reelection...

I hold no brief for the nominee, but I wonder what would have happened if Holder claimed Scottish law as his reasoning...considering Spectacle's recent support for it...

30 posted on 01/16/2009 7:31:15 PM PST by Christian4Bush (Role of the press: Republican scandal - prosecutors; Democrat scandal - Defense attorneys.)
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To: Christian4Bush

Good point.


31 posted on 01/16/2009 9:20:35 PM PST by Arizona Carolyn
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