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    Updated, 11/18, 3pm "President-elect Obama has decided to tap Eric Holder as his attorney general, putting the veteran Washington lawyer in place to become the first African-American to head the Justice Department, according to two legal sources close to the presidential transition," Newsweek's Michael Isikoff reports.
    Holder, who served as deputy attorney general during the Clinton administration, still has to undergo a formal "vetting" review by the Obama transition team before the selection is final and is publicly announced, said one of the sources, who asked not to be identified talking about the transition process. But in the discussions over the past few days, Obama offered Holder the job and he accepted, the source said. The announcement is not likely until after Obama announces his choices to lead the Treasury and State departments. Holder, 57, has been on Obama's "short list" for attorney general from the outset. A partner at the D.C. law firm of Covington & Burling, Holder served as co-chief (along with Caroline Kennedy) of Obama's vice-presidential selection process. He also actively campaigned for Obama throughout the year and grew personally close to the president-elect. Holder has not returned a call seeking comment; the Obama transition team did not respond to e-mail messages.
    The American Lawyer looks at Obama and Holder's relationship:
    Given Holder's social circle, it was perhaps inevitable that soon after Barack Obama became the lone African-American in the U.S. Senate, they would meet. In 2004 Holder was invited to a small dinner party hosted by Ann Walker Marchant, a niece of Vernon Jordan and a former Clinton administration White House aide. The gathering was planned to welcome Obama to Washington. Obama and Holder, seated next to one another, found that they had a lot in common. The two men, both tall and thin, each had immigrant fathers, went to Ivy Leagues schools (both attended Columbia College as undergraduates), played basketball, and, of course, believed passionately in public service. "We just clicked," says Holder matter-of-factly.
    Holder says he immediately sensed Obama's talent. And despite the 10 years that separated them, he found someone who thought similarly about race. "I think we share a worldview," he says. "[Obama] is not defined by his race. He's proud of it, cognizant of the pernicious effect that race has had in our history but not defined by it."
    The two kept in touch sporadically over the next couple of years. On occasion, Obama's Senate staffers asked Holder for his opinion on crime policy issues. Holder also co-hosted a fundraiser for an Obama political action committee. Then, during the spring of 2007, a few months after Obama announced he was running for president, he called Holder to ask him formally to join the campaign.
    "I said, 'Come on, you don't have to sell me on this,'" recalls Holder. "I'm in."


    Some more details about Holder from the American Bar Association Journal:
    Holder and Obama have been friends since they hit it off at a dinner party in 2004. He is the consummate Washington insider -- a familiar fixture in the Clinton administration, but well-known to Republican administrations as well. Best known as a prosecutor, Holder was fresh out of law school when he was assigned to the newly formed public integrity section of the Justice Department. There, he helped prosecute several high-profile defendants, including a judge, a diplomat, an assistant U.S. attorney and a leading organized crime figure.

    President Reagan nominated him to a D.C. judgeship and he was later tapped by President Clinton to serve as D.C.'s U.S. attorney. In 1997, Clinton elevated him to the No. 2 job in the Justice Department, and he briefly served as acting attorney general in the Bush administration while nominee John Ashcroft was being confirmed. In 1999, Holder helped convince Republi*cans to scrap independent counsel investigations, successfully arguing before Congress that wrongdoing by public officials can, and should, be handled by the Justice Depart*ment. And should he be tapped as the nation's chief law enforcement official, Republicans may ask him to revisit that.
    The basic facts on Holder, from the Washington Post:
    Credentials: Former judge, D.C. Superior Court; former deputy attorney general in the Justice Department; former U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia.
    What he offers: Holder has extensive experience in the criminal justice system and with civil court disputes. He staunchly backed community policing programs to reduce violent crime and raised morale within the Justice Department during his tenure. Holder served as a co-chairman of the Obama presidential campaign.
    Vetting: Holder took flak in 2001 for failing to object to a last-minute pardon request for fugitive Marc Rich, whose ex-wife is a prolific Democratic Party donor, when others in the Clinton administration pushed through the petition during its last hours in office.



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    My family knows him, and he is a wonderful guy. I think he's also a great choice for Attorney General.

    Now, excuse me, I gotta go call my mother.
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    Hmmm, with that mustache he looks like he escaped from a 70s cop show. But I'm glad he's a good guy, greys

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    Quote Originally Posted by yanna View Post
    Hmmm, with that mustache he looks like he escaped from a 70s cop show. But I'm glad he's a good guy, greys
    Ya know, I want to say that pic is very very old, but to be honest, I haven't laid eyes on the guy in person in more than 10 years. Let's pray the porn stache is gone.
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    i dont care if they sucked each others dicks or gave each other kidneys. No cronies.

    is he CAPABLE and a good attorney? That's all that matters.

    We've had enough of people appointing buddies to positions they suck at.
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    Sounds like a good choice. Much better legal background than Gonzalez or Ashcroft.

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    Great and all but I hope some familiar names get in there too, like H Clinton or Gore or R. Kennedy or J. Kerry or someone like that. Throw us a bone, Obama.

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    This guy has credentials. Did you see where his wife delivered Rahm's baby girl? From AP:

    Holder has other deep ties to Obama's team. Holder's wife, an obstetrician, delivered incoming White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel's daughter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grimmlok View Post
    i dont care if they sucked each others dicks or gave each other kidneys. No cronies.

    is he CAPABLE and a good attorney? That's all that matters.

    We've had enough of people appointing buddies to positions they suck at.

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    This guy seems like he's qualified, which puts him miles ahead of just about everybody Bush ever appointed.

    My cousin sent me a link because the Obama transition team is trying to fill staff jobs in certain departments. I might send my resume just for the hell of it. Hell, with the way my job is laying off people it might come in handy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingcap72 View Post
    This guy seems like he's qualified, which puts him miles ahead of just about everybody Bush ever appointed.

    My cousin sent me a link because the Obama transition team is trying to fill staff jobs in certain departments. I might send my resume just for the hell of it. Hell, with the way my job is laying off people it might come in handy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by McJag View Post
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    Quick! Name the veteran Department of Justice insider who, shortly after the USA Patriot Act was signed into law and at a point when the Bush administration was proposing to further erode barriers to governmental abuses, argued that dissenters should not be tolerated?

    Who invoked September 11, explicitly referencing "the World Trade Center aflame," in calling for the firing of any "petty bureaucrat" who might suggest that proper procedures be followed and that the separation of powers be respected?

    John Ashcroft? No.

    Alberto Gonzales? No.

    It was Eric Holder, the man who has reportedly been selected by President-elect Barack Obama to serve as the next Attorney General of the United States.

    Appearing on CNN in June, 2002, the former Clinton administration Justice Department aide sounded as if he had just stepped out of the Bush camp: "We're dealing with a different world now. Everybody should remember those pictures that we saw on September the 11th. The World Trade Centers aflame, the pictures of the Pentagon, and any time some petty bureaucrat decides that his or her little piece of turf is being invaded, get rid of that person. Those are the kinds of things we have to do."

    If that's unsettling, consider the fact that Holder was part of the legal team that in 2005 developed strategies for securing re-authorization of the Patriot Act.

    Much will be made of Holder's role as a deputy attorney general in helping former President Clinton arrange for the last-minute pardon of fugitive/Democratic campaign contributor Marc Rich. (Holder said he gave Clinton a "neutral, leaning towards favorable" opinion of the proposed pardon.) And it will also be noted that Holder, as a corporate lawyer in private practice after leaving the Clinton team, played a key role in negotiating an agreement with the Justice Department that got Chiquita Brands International executives off the hook for paying protection money to right-wing death squads in Colombia.

    But the first questions for Holder should go to the issue of his attitude toward the role of the attorney general in defending the Constitution. Holder's defenders will point to some eloquent speeches he has given, including one he delivered in June to the American Constitutional Society. In that speech, the former deputy attorney general condemned the Bush administration's "disastrous course" set by the Bush administration on issues such as torture and the practice of rendition.

    "Our needlessly abusive and unlawful practices in the ‘War on Terror' have diminished our standing in the world community and made us less, rather than more, safe," Holder said, correctly. "For the sake of our safety and security, and because it is the right thing to do, the next president must move immediately to reclaim America's standing in the world as a nation that cherishes and protects individual freedom and basic human rights."

    That's a good message, to be sure.

    But it must be huxtaposed against past statements made by Holder, such as this one: "The Attorney General is the one Cabinet member who's different from all the rest. The Attorney General serves first the people, but also serves the president. There has to be a closeness at the same time there needs to be distance."

    What we need to know is this: How close would Holder, as attorney general, get to obeying his oath to defend the Constitution?

    The place for that to happen is in a very serious, very aggressive confirmation process that should not simply presume that Holder will "get it" when questions about the Constitution arise.

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    he seems schizo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kingcap72 View Post
    This guy seems like he's qualified, which puts him miles ahead of just about everybody Bush ever appointed.

    My cousin sent me a link because the Obama transition team is trying to fill staff jobs in certain departments. I might send my resume just for the hell of it. Hell, with the way my job is laying off people it might come in handy.
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