Barack Obama’s nominee for Attorney General, Eric Holder, isn’t receiving quite the warm welcome in his confirmation hearings that Hillary Clinton just enjoyed. Holder’s appointment confirmation hearing is being hurried by Democratic senators, and this turn of events has Republicans steaming. Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) said that his efforts to get to the bottom of several of Holder’s actions were blocked by the Democratic majority, and that the process of confirming Holder has been rushed unfairly by Democratic senators.

Specter said that he wanted to bring former pardon attorney Roger Adams and former U.S. attorney for New York, Mary Jo White, to the hearing to testify after they refused to come willingly and discuss their interactions with Holder, but that committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) refused to sign subpoenas for them. Gridlock! Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), said today that Republicans might try to postpone Holder’s confirmation hearings because of Democrats’ lack of cooperation.

Mary Jo White was the top federal prosecutor in New York when former President Bill Clinton issued a pardon on the last day of his administration for fugitive financier Marc Rich over the strenuous objections of her office. She has since refused numerous requests for comment on Holder’s nomination. Rich was #2 on the FBI’s “Most Wanted” list at the time, and Holder admitted today that he “didn’t look at Rich’s file very closely.” Great!

Roger Adams was a pardon attorney from 1997 until the end of the Clinton administration, and disclosed last week that Holder had pressured him to change the Justice Department’s opposition to clemency for 16 members of a Puerto Rican nationalist groups linked to many acts of terrorism. Adams has since refused to comment except to say that he believes Holder MIGHT have learned from his mistakes and MIGHT make a good attorney general. Certainly not what you’d call a ringing endorsement. It’s obvious why Republicans want to get these two to testify under oath.

There are other problems with Holder. As a senior Justice Department official, and later as a lawyer in private practice, he represented major corporations. One of them was Chiquita Brands International, whom Holder helped fight a government investigation into whether company officials paid protection money to Colombian terrorist organizations. Watch Sean Hannity’s in-depth investigation of Holder and his connection to terrorists from last night:

Holder has acknowledged making mistakes in judgment on the Rich pardon, and said so again in today’s hearing, but he and his supporters have strenuously denied any wrongdoing. In the hearing today he said: “My decisions were not always perfect. I made mistakes. But with the benefit of hindsight, I can see my errors clearly and I can tell you how I have learned from them.” Hmmm. Why DON’T you expound on “how”, Eric. We’re all ears. And we’d LOVE to hear from Mary Jo White and Roger Adams too.

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