Friday, March 12, 2010

Revealed: Holder “forgot” to disclose seven Supreme Court briefs he joined, including two for Jose Padilla

We’re just swimming in “what if a Republican did it?” material tonight, aren’t we?
I’m sure there’s a good explanation. Like, say, that he knew he’d be grilled about this stuff, especially his advocacy for Padilla, if Republicans had the briefs in hand, so he decided to “forget” to mention them. Am I warm?

“It has come to our attention that some but not all briefs submitted to the Supreme Court by or on behalf of Attorney General Holder as counselor amicus were supplied to the Committee in the course of his confirmation process last year. We regret the omission,” Assistant Attorney General Ronald Weich wrote to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy…

The Padilla brief endorsed by Holder stated, among other things, that using the ordinary judicial system to deal with a citizen seized as an enemy combatant “might impede the investigation of a terrorist offense in some circumstances. It is conceivable that, in some hypothetical situation … the government might be unable to detain a dangerous terrorist or to interrogate him or her effectively. But this is an inherent consequence of the limitation of Executive power.” READ MORE...

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