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DOJ No. 2, David W. Ogden, steps down
Politico ^ | 12-3-09 | Nia-Malika Henderson

Posted on 12/03/2009 10:00:41 AM PST by STARWISE

The second-in-command at the Justice Department is leaving his post, officials announced Thursday — making him the third top Obama legal official to announce his departure in recent weeks.

Deputy Attorney General David W. Ogden will return to private practice in February. White House General Counsel Greg Craig will step down in January, and Phillip Carter, a top Defense Department deputy assistant secretary dealing with detainee issues, has already left.

Ogden, who managed the civil division during the Clinton administration, headed up President Barack Obama’s transition into office last year.

In a statement, Ogden said that his tenure in the administration was always meant to be temporary.

“I took a leave from my practice of law thirteen months ago on Election Day to lead the Department of Justice transition for President Obama.

My hope then was to identify the goals for a successful transition at a critical time for the Department, when its credibility was under attack and when its traditional law enforcement missions had suffered,” he said in a statement.

“During the transition, President-elect Obama and Attorney General-designate Holder asked me to serve as the Deputy Attorney General, which gave me the opportunity to complete the transition process and see the Department solidly on a path to achieving those goals.”

Deputy assistant attorney general Gary Grindler will step in for Ogden on an interim basis, according to the Washington Post.

Craig came under fire for his handling of the closing of Guantanamo Bay military prison, though Craig has denied that was the reason for leaving, saying he always expected to return to private practice.

Carter announced he was leaving his job last month for personal reasons, after taking the detainee job in May 2009.


TOPICS: Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bho44; bhodoj; davidogden; doj; ericholder; gregcraig; holder; obama; obamabot; ogden; resignation; third100days

1 posted on 12/03/2009 10:00:45 AM PST by STARWISE
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To: STARWISE

hmmm. maybe this means they’re going to revise m*a*s*h and he’ll reprise his role as charles emerson winchester.


2 posted on 12/03/2009 10:02:43 AM PST by dep (how about next time we don't nominate someone who apologizes for being there)
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To: STARWISE

RATS - Sinking Ship


3 posted on 12/03/2009 10:02:43 AM PST by stubernx98 (cranky, but reasonable)
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To: STARWISE

how many people have stepped down from this admin so far? do you know if anyone is keeping a list?


4 posted on 12/03/2009 10:03:38 AM PST by madamemayhem (defeat isn't getting knocked down, it's not getting back up)
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To: STARWISE

Holder forced him out.


5 posted on 12/03/2009 10:04:23 AM PST by reagandemocrat
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To: STARWISE

That him? I suspect he’s the wrong color for a top spot in the Ubama administration.


6 posted on 12/03/2009 10:06:07 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: STARWISE

Obama has lost more high ranking administration officials in his first 10 months in office, than any other president that I can remember. Most have left in the middle of the night, to almost zero media fanfare. If this were a Republican president, the NYT’s would have done a three part expose on the failure of Obama to “build a competent” team.


7 posted on 12/03/2009 10:11:15 AM PST by OldDeckHand (Obamacare - So bad, even Joe Lieberman isn't going to vote for it.)
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To: STARWISE

Second thoughts on working for a Communist Administration perhaps?


8 posted on 12/03/2009 10:13:48 AM PST by alice_in_bubbaland (Markets and Marxists Don't Mix! Audit the FED NOW!)
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To: STARWISE

Oh gosh! Will this increase the unemployment statistics?


9 posted on 12/03/2009 10:17:03 AM PST by Malesherbes (Sauve Qui Peut)
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To: stubernx98
"RATS - Sinking Ship"

I think it is more like:

Ships leaving the sinking Rat

10 posted on 12/03/2009 10:17:47 AM PST by Henchster (Free Republic - the BEST site on the web!)
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To: STARWISE

Loved him in MASH, though. Too bad he turned out to be gay (not that there’s anything wrong with that!)


11 posted on 12/03/2009 10:22:46 AM PST by Jagman
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To: dep

Actually he looks like a dead ringer for Father Mulcahy


12 posted on 12/03/2009 10:27:09 AM PST by LRoggy (Peter's Son's Business)
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To: STARWISE

Now, if only Obama would step down.


13 posted on 12/03/2009 10:27:10 AM PST by cblue55
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To: STARWISE
Good luck with the new ID and the night flight to South America, Ogden.

Make sure Rahm and Axelrod's rooms are ready when you get there, as they will be joining you shortly.

And hurry up, the peasants have sourced a wholesale rope distributor.


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

14 posted on 12/03/2009 10:33:04 AM PST by The Comedian (Evil can only succeed if good men don't point at it and laugh.)
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To: reagandemocrat; STARWISE
Forced out or not, there's a lot of turnover for an administration this young. Just reinforces to me the amateurish touch of this president.
15 posted on 12/03/2009 10:42:10 AM PST by colorado tanker (What's it all about, Barrrrry? Is it just for the power, you live?)
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To: cblue55

If only!


16 posted on 12/03/2009 10:42:13 AM PST by apocalypto
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To: STARWISE

I seem to recall that everytime someone from Bush’s administration left the media made it a referendum about his policies and that they were leaving because of how they disagreed with them (all either conjecture or completely made up). HOWEVER, with Obambi its all quietly reported with as little detail as possible.


17 posted on 12/03/2009 10:50:01 AM PST by Jackson57
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To: stubernx98
RATS - Sinking Ship

BS, the snakes are taking over.

18 posted on 12/03/2009 11:21:12 AM PST by depressed in 06 (ZerOcare: Bureaucratic best practices equals death panels.)
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To: Jagman

I don’t know if you guys are kidding about Mash or not, but Major Winchester was played by David Ogden Stiers, not the guy in this article.


19 posted on 12/03/2009 12:31:09 PM PST by calex59
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To: penelopesire; seekthetruth; television is just wrong; jcsjcm; BP2; Pablo Mac; April Lexington; ...

~~Ping!

No research time today; if any of you find
any intrigue re he and Holder, Obama, terror
trials, etc., please post.

Thanks .. ;)


20 posted on 12/03/2009 12:41:49 PM PST by STARWISE (They (LIBS-STILL) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war- Richard Miniter)
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To: STARWISE

Here is his Muckety page:

http://www.muckety.com/David-W-Ogden/155337.muckety

He was Sasquatch’s(Janet Reno) chief of staff during the Clintoon years.

Obama gave him an ethics waiver by executive order when he took his post. Interesting info in the pdf file here:

http://www.usoge.gov/directors_corner/pledge_waivers/Ogden_waiver.pdf


21 posted on 12/03/2009 1:10:02 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: STARWISE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QChWtLr0gcY


22 posted on 12/03/2009 1:33:01 PM PST by American Constitutionalist (There is no civility in the way the Communist/Marxist want to destroy the USA)
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To: STARWISE

“Ogden, who managed the civil division during the Clinton administration, headed up President Barack Obama’s transition into office last year.”

Would there be any connection with the transition team that including Hassan the jihadi?


23 posted on 12/03/2009 1:49:09 PM PST by little jeremiah (Asato Ma Sad Gamaya Tamaso Ma Jyotir Gamaya)
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To: penelopesire

Yep ... see it. And the law firm, Wilmer Pickering Hale and Dorr ... that’s Jamie *THE WALL* Gorelick’s base. That place must reek of stinkin’ libs.


24 posted on 12/03/2009 6:09:28 PM PST by STARWISE (They (LIBS-STILL) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war- Richard Miniter)
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To: reagandemocrat
Holder forced him out.

Why ?

25 posted on 12/03/2009 6:12:51 PM PST by 1066AD
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To: All

Note: The following text is a quote:

http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2009/December/09-ag-1300.html

Department of Justice
Office of Public Affairs
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, December 3, 2009

Deputy Attorney General David Ogden to Leave Department of Justice

Deputy Attorney General David W. Ogden announced today that he will leave the Department on February 5, 2010 to return to private practice. Prior to joining the Department as Deputy Attorney General in March, Ogden chaired the Obama Administration’s transition team for the Department of Justice.

“David Ogden has been an invaluable leader for the Department of Justice and for this Administration,” said Attorney General Eric Holder. “From leading the transition team that established early goals for the Department to spearheading major initiatives such as our effort to fight health care fraud, he has been an effective and diligent advocate for the American people. Through his work here, he has helped reinvigorate the Department’s traditional missions, restore its reputation for independence, and make the country safer and more secure. I am sorry to see him go, and I thank him for his service to the Department and to the nation.”

Prior to his confirmation, Deputy Attorney General Ogden was a partner at the law firm of WilmerHale, which he joined in 2001. He previously served in senior positions at the Department of Justice during the Clinton Administration.

Deputy Attorney General Ogden made the following statement:

“I took a leave from my practice of law thirteen months ago on Election Day to lead the Department of Justice transition for President Obama. My hope then was to identify the goals for a successful transition at a critical time for the Department, when its credibility was under attack and when its traditional law enforcement missions had suffered. During the transition, President-elect Obama and Attorney General-designate Holder asked me to serve as the Deputy Attorney General, which gave me the opportunity to complete the transition process and see the Department solidly on a path to achieving those goals. I accepted that challenge, with the intention of returning to my practice as soon as I felt the Department was firmly on that path.

“I believe the objectives established over a year ago have been accomplished. In order to afford the President and the Attorney General sufficient time to identify my successor and to ensure a smooth transition, I have agreed to continue to serve until February 5, 2010, when I will step down to return to private practice.

“The Department today is on the path we first set out over a year ago. First, we have reinvigorated the Department’s traditional law enforcement mission with new resources and new initiatives. I am proud of the work we have done in establishing a Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force to fight financial crime, leading a Health Care Prevention Task Force that has already pursued major prosecutions, establishing a Border Working Group to combat Mexican cartels, and attacking international organized crime through increased intelligence sharing with our partners. We have implemented new policies to stem the terrible tide of violence against women and children in Indian Country, crafted budgets that will provide critical new funding for law enforcement, civil rights and our nation’s prison system, and we will soon make key recommendations for reforms of sentencing and corrections policy. I appreciate the Attorney General’s having asked me to lead these initiatives and am proud of the progress we have made.

“Second, we have taken significant steps to ensure that we vigorously protect our national security consistent with the rule of law, including working closely with the FBI and the Intelligence Community on major counter-terrorism investigations, working on closing the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay and bringing perpetrators to justice in federal courts or military commissions, and developing a new policy for effective and lawful interrogations.

“Third, we have substantially restored the Department’s historically strong relationship with state, local, and tribal law enforcement through outreach and inclusion on the Department’s major initiatives including the Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force and HEAT.

“And finally, we have put in place a terrific senior management team that under the Attorney General’s leadership will build on this foundation. Through our work in each of these areas, the goals I hoped to achieve when I accepted this position either have been or soon will be fulfilled. The Department is in good hands, and I feel I can now return to the private practice I have missed these thirteen months.

“It has been a singular privilege to work alongside the Department’s dedicated career professionals, whose commitment to the national interest and the cause of justice is an inspiration to me. I am very grateful to President Obama and Attorney General Holder for the opportunity to serve my country and the Department of Justice in this Administration, and I will continue to assist them in any way possible.”


26 posted on 12/07/2009 9:41:35 PM PST by Cindy
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