Former Gonzo Deputy Supports Holder for AG
The antagonism to President-elect Barack Obama’s nomination of Eric Holder to attorney general seems to be crumbling, despite Sen. Arlen Specter’s (R-Penn.) best efforts. Today, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), a former chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, broke ranks with Senate Republicans and announced he will support Holder. Two former members of the President George W. Bush’s Department of Justice have also voiced support for Holder’s confirmation in letter’s to Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), chairman of the Judiciary Committee.
reports that Paul McNulty and Larry Thompson, who are both former deputy attorneys general in the Bush Justice Department, have thrown their support behind the nominee. You may remember McNulty from the “inaccurate information” he gave to Congress in his testimony in the U.S. attorney firings, and his resignation from the number two spot at the department shortly thereafter.
Considering the low morale at the Department of Justice after McNulty’s boss, former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales resigned, and the hit the department’s reputation has taken in the last eight years, it’s hard to discern whether the support of someone like McNulty is a good thing.
In his endorsement letter, McNulty stated that Holder “is one of the most qualified nominees for Attorney General in the nation’s history.”
James Comey, another deputy attorney general who served under former Attorney General John Ashcroft — and whose reputation actually survived the Bush Justice Department intact — has also said he supports Holder’s nomination. Holder’s confirmation hearings begin Thursday.