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Senate Proceeding on Jan 12th, 2009 :: 1:14:40 to 1:18:30
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Sheldon Whitehouse

1:14:37 to 1:14:57( Edit History Discussion )

Sheldon Whitehouse: quorum call: mr. whitehouse: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from rhode island. mr. whitehouse: mr. president, may i ask that the be suspended. the presiding officer: without objection, so ordered. mr. whitehouse: thank you, mr. president. i rise to speak on president-elect obama's nomination of eric holder to be the attorney general of

Sheldon Whitehouse

1:14:40 to 1:18:30( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Sheldon Whitehouse

Sheldon Whitehouse

1:14:58 to 1:15:18( Edit History Discussion )

Sheldon Whitehouse: united states. it is nothing new in washington for it to that he or she is the best person for a job. that happens all the time. we've all heard it. and it will surprise no one in this room or elsewhere in washington to know that it isn't always the case.

Sheldon Whitehouse

1:15:19 to 1:15:40( Edit History Discussion )

Sheldon Whitehouse: but in this case, for this appointment at this time, i believe that it is true. i believe that eric holder is the best person to be attorney general of the uted states. it is hard to overstate the significance of the work of the department of justice to the american peopl.

Sheldon Whitehouse

1:15:41 to 1:16:03( Edit History Discussion )

Sheldon Whitehouse: it is hard to overstate how vital it is that the american people have confidence in that department, from the attorney general down to the most junior line attorney. importance of our trust that this great department makes

Sheldon Whitehouse

1:16:04 to 1:16:26( Edit History Discussion )

Sheldon Whitehouse: decisions on the merits, proceeds on the facts and the evidence and the law, and carefully protects itself from political interference. the bush administration has compromised the american people's faith in their department of justice by compromising the integrity of the department at its highest levels.

Sheldon Whitehouse

1:16:27 to 1:16:49( Edit History Discussion )

Sheldon Whitehouse: we need that back. what we need now? an attorney general who, first, understands the inner workings of the department so that he can set the ship right. second, will be fiercely independent and will make decisions based on the facts and the evidence and the law, not on politics or pressure from the

Sheldon Whitehouse

1:16:50 to 1:17:11( Edit History Discussion )

Sheldon Whitehouse: white house. and third, has the temperament and experience to be strong and fair through all of the pressures that mount up on that office. eric holder is the best possible person nor difficult job at this difficult time.

Sheldon Whitehouse

1:17:12 to 1:17:32( Edit History Discussion )

Sheldon Whitehouse: we all know mr. holder's long and distinguished experience at the justice department and within the justice system. he's been a line attorney in the public integrity section, prosecuting corrupt public officials of both parties. he's been a judge appointed by president ronald reagan. he's been general, the number two position at the department.

Sheldon Whitehouse

1:17:33 to 1:17:53( Edit History Discussion )

Sheldon Whitehouse: he's been the united states attorney for the district of columbia. and he's been a highly regarded attorney in private practe. one would be hard-pressed to find a better experienced candidate. it's no surprise, then, that so many organizations and individuals that work with the criminal justice system every

Sheldon Whitehouse

1:17:54 to 1:18:14( Edit History Discussion )

Sheldon Whitehouse: day have endorsed mr. holder's nomination, including the national fraternal order of police, the national district attorney's association, the national association of police organizations, the international association of chiefs of the national association of assistant united states

Sheldon Whitehouse

1:18:15 to 1:18:30( Edit History Discussion )

Sheldon Whitehouse: attorneys, the national cen for victims of crime, the national oanization for victim assistance, and mothers against drunk driving. mr. holder's experience is unquestionableut it is not

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