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Holder Confirmation Hearings Slated for Early January

The Washington Post reports that the Senate confirmation hearings for at least one member of President-elect Barack Obama’s cabinet are expected to begin shortly after the new year.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vermont) said today he would hold confirmation hearings for Attorney General nominee Eric Holder Jr. the week of January 5.

Holder, a former second in command at the Justice Department during the Clinton administration, appeared on Capitol Hill today for traditional, closed door meetings with Senate leaders. If he is confirmed, Holder would become the nation’s first African American attorney general.

Confirmation hearings could begin Jan. 5. Obama will not be sworn in until Jan. 20.

Gee, do you get the impression that Senate Democrats are eager to get the Bush administration out the door as quickly as possible?

Update: A press release from Leahy’s Senate office confirms Holder’s confirmation hearings are scheduled to begin Jan. 8.

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