Republicans Slam Attorney General Eric Holder Over Terrorist Defense Lawyers at Justice Department

‘Serious Concerns’ About Obama Appointees Who Backed Gitmo Detainees

Jonathan Karl
ABCNews.com
2/26/2010

In an escalating war of words with Attorney General Eric Holder, Senate Republicans are raising “serious concerns” about political appointees at the Justice Department who previously worked on behalf of terror suspects.

The Republicans told Holder in a letter obtained by ABC News that “unanswered questions” about these political appointees “raise serious concerns about who is providing advice on detainee matters.” The letter, signed by all seven Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee, also accuses the Justice Department of being “nonresponsive” and “intentionally evasive” to questions on this issue.

The Senators are demanding answers about these political appointees by March 12, when Holder is next scheduled to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

“The Department’s attorneys are subject to ethics and disclosure rules as required under both Department guidelines and this administration’s own ethics rules, which are the strongest in history,” Department of Justice Spokeswoman Tracy Schmaler said in a statement today. “In a week that this Department secured a guilty plea from Najibullah Zazi for attempting to attack the New York subway system and indicted two of his co-conspirators for their alleged role in the attack, it should be clear that fighting terrorism and keeping the American people safe is our number one priority.”

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