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EXCLUSIVE: Holder assures GOP on prosecution (No Witch Hunt of former Administration Officials)
Washington Times ^ | 1/28/2008 | Eli Lake

Posted on 01/28/2009 1:18:43 PM PST by mojito

President Obama's choice to run the Justice Department has assured senior Republican senators that he won't prosecute intelligence officers or political appointees who were involved in the Bush administration's policy of "enhanced interrogations."

Sen. Christopher "Kit" Bond, Missouri Republican and vice chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, said in an interview with The Washington Times that he will support Eric H. Holder Jr.'s nomination for attorney general because Mr. Holder assured him privately that Mr. Obama's Justice Department will not prosecute former Bush officials involved in the interrogations program.

Mr. Holder's promise apparently was key to moving his nomination forward. Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 17-2 to favorably recommend Mr. Holder for the post. He is likely to be confirmed by the Senate soon.

Mr. Bond also said that Mr. Holder told him in a private meeting Tuesday that he will not strip the telecommunications companies that cooperated with the National Security Agency after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks of retroactive legal immunity from civil lawsuits -- removing another potential sticking point among GOP senators.

In the interview Wednesday, Mr. Bond said, "I made it clear that trying to prosecute political leaders would generate a political firestorm the Obama administration doesn't need."

He added: "I was concerned about previous statements he made and others had made. He gave me assurances that he would not take those steps that would cause major disruptions in our intelligence system or cause political warfare. We don't need that kind of political warfare. He gave me assurances he is looking forward."

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


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 111th; bho2009; bho44; bhodoj; counterterrorism; democrats; donutwatch; ericholder; holder; interrogation; kitbond; nsa; obama; surveillance; telecom; witchhunts
Quid pro quo.
1 posted on 01/28/2009 1:18:43 PM PST by mojito
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To: mojito
Mr. Bond if you believe this guy you're a stone idiot.

L

2 posted on 01/28/2009 1:20:09 PM PST by Lurker ("America is at that awkward stage. " Claire Wolfe, call your office.)
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To: mojito

I. Don’t. Believe. Them. For. A. Second.


3 posted on 01/28/2009 1:20:37 PM PST by Old Sarge (For the first time in my life, I am ashamed to be an American)
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To: mojito

NOTHING from the Republican Mental and Moral Pygmies about the Second Amendment and this idiot’s record in that regard.

OMINOUS.


4 posted on 01/28/2009 1:21:53 PM 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: mojito

What about the gun grabbing, Bond, you dumbass? Did you get a commitment on that?

Watch my supposedly conservative senator Cornyn roll over on Holder as well.

Excuse me... I’m going to go puke now.


5 posted on 01/28/2009 1:22:00 PM PST by Nervous Tick (Party? I don't have one anymore.)
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To: mojito

Sen. Bond should be primaried out of office in the next election.

This kissy kissy with radical Obamashams has me sick to the stomach.


6 posted on 01/28/2009 1:22:22 PM PST by Edit35 (.)
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To: Lurker

Another Republican grasping at straws, searching for cover for the betrayal to come. We’ve sure got a corner on those types of players.


7 posted on 01/28/2009 1:29:02 PM PST by DoughtyOne (D1: Home of the golden tag line: 01/22/09 Obama hands the hope of the unborn to terrorists.)
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To: Nervous Tick

While puking, reflect and be thankful for what he got.


8 posted on 01/28/2009 1:30:37 PM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . The original point of America was not to be Europe)
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To: Nervous Tick

Cornyn voted against him in committee today!


9 posted on 01/28/2009 1:30:44 PM PST by penelopesire ("The only CHANGE you will get with the Democrats is the CHANGE left in your pocket")
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To: mojito

There’s still Florida swamp land for sale.............

Or the Brooklyn Bridge, now renamed Crooklyn.........


10 posted on 01/28/2009 1:31:01 PM PST by combat_boots ("In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act."Aldous Huxley)
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To: mojito

This needs to be posted over at DU and we can go lurk and watch heads explode....LOL!!


11 posted on 01/28/2009 1:32:20 PM PST by penelopesire ("The only CHANGE you will get with the Democrats is the CHANGE left in your pocket")
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To: penelopesire

>> Cornyn voted against him in committee today!

Yes, but...

a) Cornyn was the lone vote preventing a voice vote for Hillary. Then he voted for her.
b) Cornyn voted for tax cheat and liar Geithner to head Treasury.
c) Cornyn, like Bond, has also made noises about getting the concession of no prosecution of Bush administration.

Those facts cause me to fear Cornyn will roll over for Holder.

I pray I’m wrong.


12 posted on 01/28/2009 1:33:41 PM PST by Nervous Tick (Party? I don't have one anymore.)
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To: mojito
Bull manure!

Another clear example why the time is long past!

13 posted on 01/28/2009 1:42:28 PM PST by SuperLuminal
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To: Edit35
Sen. Bond should be primaried out of office in the next election.

Bond announced he is not running for re-election.

14 posted on 01/28/2009 1:42:56 PM PST by missnry (The truth will set you free ... and drive liberals Crazy!)
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To: mojito

Did you get it in writing?????????


15 posted on 01/28/2009 1:43:30 PM PST by liberateUS
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To: mojito
And you KNOW dims always keep their word.

/sarc

But it depends on what the meaning of is, is.

16 posted on 01/28/2009 1:44:53 PM PST by The Sons of Liberty ("Let his days be few, and let another take his office." Psalm 109:8)
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To: Nervous Tick

I was surprised that Cornyn voted for Geithner too..not so much Hillary.

I was worried about Cornyn the minute that the rinos trying to take control of our party nominated him for a ‘leadership’ position. I hope he doesn’t continue to fall for their plots and ploys.

I have alot of faith in the man still though. Trying to remain calm where he is concerned for now.


17 posted on 01/28/2009 1:47:18 PM PST by penelopesire ("The only CHANGE you will get with the Democrats is the CHANGE left in your pocket")
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To: Nervous Tick

Cornyn may have come down with johnfingkerry disease - he voted against it, before he voted for it.


18 posted on 01/28/2009 1:49:05 PM PST by The Sons of Liberty ("Let his days be few, and let another take his office." Psalm 109:8)
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To: penelopesire

>> I have alot of faith in the man still though. Trying to remain calm where he is concerned for now.

I have much less faith in Sen. Cornyn since last fall’s bailout vote. That was stupid, and not the least bit conservative.

I’m also concerned that, in his role as GOP Senatorial Committee Chairman, Cornyn is wooing Charlie Crist, the poofter governor of Florida, to run for the Senate:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2164575/posts

Crist in the Senate is more of what we DO NOT need. Fiscally responsible? Ha. Read here how Crist VETOED spending cuts! Can you believe it? VETOED SPENDING CUTS:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2173616/posts

Stay calm if you can. It’s better for your stomach. Sad to say, I am way beyond calm about the ever increasing herd of Senate RINOs...


19 posted on 01/28/2009 2:02:16 PM PST by Nervous Tick (Party? I don't have one anymore.)
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To: mojito
Forget that. Bring on the investigations, let's get it all out in the open. Let's declare.

20 posted on 01/28/2009 2:12:31 PM PST by I see my hands (_8(|)
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To: DoughtyOne
You might say we are being tossed crumbs in an attempt to pacify us :)

21 posted on 01/28/2009 2:15:15 PM PST by I see my hands (_8(|)
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To: I see my hands

I think you can make that argument, but I don’t think these folks are under the impression that they have silenced anyone. They haven’t pacified anyone. I don’t think that was their motivation.

It’s a premise. That may or may not be all it is. I lean toward not, but what the hey.


22 posted on 01/28/2009 2:20:39 PM PST by DoughtyOne (D1: Home of the golden tag line: 01/22/09 Obama hands the hope of the unborn to terrorists.)
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To: Lurker

Yeah... I don’t see how he can promise that. If they define water board etc as torture and torture is illegal how can he make a blanket promise to not prosecute? That not that different than picking some other crime and promising not enforce the law.


23 posted on 01/28/2009 2:23:19 PM PST by gondramB (Preach the Gospel at all times, and when necessary, use words.)
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To: mojito

No, he’s lying.


24 posted on 01/28/2009 2:47:27 PM PST by dr_who
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To: mojito

LOL!! I turst Holder....


25 posted on 01/28/2009 2:53:59 PM PST by eeevil conservative (GIVE ME A PLACE TO STAND AND I WILL MOVE THE EARTH....Archimedes)
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To: Edit35

Bond announced his retirement in 2010.

No need to primary him at all.


26 posted on 01/28/2009 2:57:23 PM PST by MplsSteve
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To: Nervous Tick

“I have much less faith in Sen. Cornyn since last fall’s bailout vote. That was stupid, and not the least bit conservative.”

We should stand ready to forgive and support any republican house member or senator that votes no to Obama’s ‘stimulus’ though and remove support for those that vote for it now. That’s what I plan to do.

Last fall was a crazy scary time and President Bush was being advised that if it wasn’t done, all hell would break loose. Who knows whether it would have or not..but shoring up our financial institutions sure makes more sense than this ridiculous ‘stimulus’ from Obama and the dems!!

(snip)
“I’m also concerned that, in his role as GOP Senatorial Committee Chairman, Cornyn is wooing Charlie Crist, the poofter governor of Florida, to run for the Senate:”
(end snip)

Me too...that’s why I mentioned that I hope he is not being pushed by the McCain rinos trying to take over our party now that they have placed him in a leadership role.

Believe me, I will not support him if he votes for this Obama bail-out!


27 posted on 01/28/2009 3:03:22 PM PST by penelopesire ("The only CHANGE you will get with the Democrats is the CHANGE left in your pocket")
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To: mojito

Holder, go ahead, try to prosecute them.

You’ll lose on every count and look like the stupid idiot you are.


28 posted on 01/28/2009 3:04:33 PM PST by ConservativeMind (Who is now in charge of the "Office of the President-Elect"?)
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To: mojito

Exactly.. the grandstanding is over.. Democrats said what they needed to in order to win the White House. It’s done.. and now it’s back to business as usual.


29 posted on 01/28/2009 3:20:55 PM PST by Almondjoy
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To: mojito

They can try to prosecute a political official all they want, but it’s going to be their ass when the case is dismissed, they are sued for civil rights violations, and the next Republican administration who wins in 2012 will then prosecute them for abuse of power and corruption.


30 posted on 01/28/2009 4:09:56 PM PST by WheresMyBailout
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To: Edit35

He’s already announced he is giving up the seat


31 posted on 01/28/2009 5:29:36 PM PST by johncocktoasten (Obama/Biden '08, in and of itself, A Bridge To Nowhere)
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To: mojito
Quid pro quo.

The quid pro quo here is that the Bushies didn't prosecute the Clintonistas for major crimes, so now the 'Rats are returning the favor and supposedly agreeing not to prosecute the Bush people on made-up charges. Hardly a fair exchange, IMHO.

32 posted on 01/28/2009 7:06:40 PM PST by justiceseeker93
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To: mojito

bttt


33 posted on 01/29/2009 3:55:56 PM PST by SuperLuminal
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