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Senate Proceeding on Feb 2nd, 2009 :: 1:27:30 to 1:34:10
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Dianne Feinstein

1:27:26 to 1:27:46( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: colleagues to do th same. thank you, mr. chairman. the presiding officer: the senator from vermont mr. leahy: mr. president i see the senator from california on the floor. from california mrs. feinstein: i don't believe i'll use it, but if i might have ten mr. leahy: mr. preside yield the distinguished senior senator from california ten minutes.

Dianne Feinstein

1:27:30 to 1:34:10( Edit History Discussion )
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Dianne Feinstein

1:27:47 to 1:28:08( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: the presiding officer: the senator from california is recognized for ten minutes. mrs. feinstein: thank you, very much, mr. president, i respectfully strongly disagree with distinguished senator. in my 16 years on the judiciary committee, i have never seen a more qualified nominee. he's

Dianne Feinstein

1:28:09 to 1:28:29( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: public integrity section of the department of justice; a superior court judge district of columbia; a united states attorney for the district of columbia; an attorney in private practice; and the deputy attorney general for the united states, the in the department.

Dianne Feinstein

1:28:30 to 1:28:50( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: i don't think you can beat these credentials. now, people find one decision or two decisions out of a multiplicity o which they might disagree, and they're welcome to disagree. but that does not destroy his value or his worth as attorney general.

Dianne Feinstein

1:28:51 to 1:29:11( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: president reagan first appointed holder to be a super judge, and president clinton then named him u.s. attorney and deputy attorney general. on all three occasions, he was unanimously confirmed by the senate. and today his nomination is being broadly supported by members of both parties.

Dianne Feinstein

1:29:12 to 1:29:35( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: we have received letters from people like the former director louis freeh, former deputy attorney generals jim comey, paul mcnulty, larry thompson, general and republican ol some of the on, and former president h.w. bush's attorney general

Dianne Feinstein

1:29:36 to 1:29:56( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: william barr, and variously every single law enforcement agency in the country has come out to endorse him. from the fraternal order of police, the national association of attorney general, the attorneys general of over 30 states, the national criminal justice system, and on and on. he has unified support among the

Dianne Feinstein

1:29:57 to 1:30:17( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: civil rights community -- the naacp, the asian-american justice center, the mexican-american legal defense and education fund, the human rights campaign. it is rare to see such bipartisan support for a in mr. holder's case, i believe,

Dianne Feinstein

1:30:18 to 1:30:38( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: it he is a man of integrity, intelligence, humility, and heart. you know, i rember our prior attorney making the statement that he wore two hats. at the time he said it, i didn't really realize what the

Dianne Feinstein

1:30:39 to 1:30:59( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: implication was. he stated and on the record that he represented the president of the united states, and he represented the people of this nation. well, we saw in spades what a double-hatted attorney general can do. we saw the politicization of

Dianne Feinstein

1:31:00 to 1:31:20( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: that department. we the department all acting politically with appointments. we saw the di diminution of the civil rights division and we saw approximately 12 attorneys general -- 12 u.s.

Dianne Feinstein

1:31:21 to 1:31:42( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: terminated because the administration didn't agree with the to make or made, and that's not the way the attorney general should run wt is a very large department. this is a 5 billion agency. it has over

Dianne Feinstein

1:31:43 to 1:32:03( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: it's charged with fighting terrorism, stopping violent crime, upholding our civil rights laws, and enforcing our civil liberties. and as those of us on the judiciary committee know well, the department is badly in need of r i brought to light in january of

Dianne Feinstein

1:32:04 to 1:32:24( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: 2007 -- as a matter of fact, remember it well. i came to the floor and i said at someone -- a republican -- had called me and said that on a given day, december 7, seven u.s. attorneys had been fired. well, i checked, and in fact that was correct. on december

Dianne Feinstein

1:32:25 to 1:32:45( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: attorneys had been well, he also told me it was all for the wrong reasons, the reasons were political. and he said, look into it. and under the leadership of the chai leahy, we did look into it, and what we found was a trend in the middle of the term to

Dianne Feinstein

1:32:46 to 1:33:07( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: essentially take certain u.s. attorneys and terminate them f one reason or another. some, i believe, because they wouldn't bring a certain prosecution and some, i believe to this day, because t bring a person prosecution. last

Dianne Feinstein

1:33:08 to 1:33:29( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: glenn fine released four separate reports violations of civil service laws and politicized hiring throughout the department. well, there's a big job to and it's going to be mr. holder's duty to turn this department around, restore its credibility.

Dianne Feinstein

1:33:30 to 1:33:50( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: this is a proud department, and i believe he gave every one of us on the com last month whe "the notion that the justice department would ever take into account a person's political affiliation or political beliefs in making career hiring

Dianne Feinstein

1:33:51 to 1:34:10( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: decisions is antithetical to everything that the department stands for." end quote. now, that's a substantial commitment. and those of us committee will be watching him carry it out. so i am delighted

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