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HOLDER HEARING: Holder Will Cooperate with OIG, Create “Damage Assessment” « The Washington Independent

One thing is for sure, no one wants another Alberto Gonzales at the Justice Department.

The infamous former attorney general’s name has haunted Holder’s confirmation hearing, and been invoked by almost all of the senators as an example of what they don’t want to see again at the department.

Holder, for obvious reasons, has committed himself — if confirmed — to turning the department around:

One of the things, I think, as attorney general I’m going to have to do, in short order, is to [...] basically do a damage assessment and understand, in a way that I do not now, how has the institution been harmed by the activities that were uncovered by these inspector general reports.

In his answers to Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Holder said that he is “very disturbed” by what he’s read about the most recent IG report, particularly the finding that false testimony was given to the committee. He emphasizes that he will review the controversial decision not to pursue charges against the former head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, Brad Schlozman.

These are big steps forward — and it looks like the special prosecutor appointed to look into the inspector general reports, Nora Dannehy, will have Holder’s support.

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