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Senate Proceeding on Feb 2nd, 2009 :: 1:34:15 to 1:40:45
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Patrick Leahy

1:34:11 to 1:34:31( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: attorney general i believe to be confirmed at 6:15 tonight essentially will restore the integrity and the profession department. in my view, on certain judgments, there really is no one -- no one -- more qualified to become

Patrick Leahy

1:34:15 to 1:40:45( Edit History Discussion )
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Patrick Leahy

1:34:32 to 1:34:52( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: attorney general of the united states than eric will proudly cast my vote for him. thank you very much, mr. president. the presiding officer: the senator from vermont. mr much time is remaining to the republican side? how mwoh time on the democratic side? the presiding officer: the democratic side has 31 minutes

Patrick Leahy

1:34:53 to 1:35:14( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: and 40 seconds republican side, 31 minutes and 5 seconds. mr. leahy: i thank the distinguished presiding officer. i don't see any republicans. it would be their turn to spe next on this. while we're waiting, i'll just mention a couple of things. there's been a lot of criticism,

Patrick Leahy

1:35:15 to 1:35:40( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: pardons and clemencies, that former president clinton granted -- and i'll do this on the democratic time. there's been a lot of crit simple of pardons and clemency that president -- there's been a lot of criticism of pardons and clemency that president clinton granted. i would note that it wasn't eric

Patrick Leahy

1:35:41 to 1:36:01( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: holder who granted any of clemencies or pardons; it was president clinton. now, you know, for the last eight years, certaingly when the republican were in charge, we'd have one hearing, one investigation after another about the clinton years and there seems to be anutomatic

Patrick Leahy

1:36:02 to 1:36:25( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: pilot on this. heard a lot of the republican side about pardons granted by president clin continue, and i shared my disappointment in some of those. but i've heard them say, people should have spoken out immediately. well with, many of us did. but, you know, i

Patrick Leahy

1:36:26 to 1:36:46( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: find a single one who spoke out, short any outrage just a few months ago when a republican president bush gave a pass to scooter dick cheney's former chief of staff, who commuted his former sentence just a very short te before he was abo serve that sentence.

Patrick Leahy

1:36:47 to 1:37:07( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: that was an extraordinaly serious case leaking the name of a covert c.i.a. operative for a political purpose. and that pardon decision -- commutation decision by president bush was made despite the objections of the prosecutor, despite the

Patrick Leahy

1:37:08 to 1:37:30( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: objections of the victim, despite the objections of the public. i don't recall any republicans objecting to that. they're objecting to president clinton did. i don't want to suggest in any way that the objections are

Patrick Leahy

1:37:31 to 1:37:51( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: partisan, but they aren't consistent. they certainly aren't consistent. now, i know that republicans set as a standard who should be attorney general. they voted unanimously for attorney general alberto gonzales.

Patrick Leahy

1:37:52 to 1:38:13( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: and then after, quietly -- many quietly t house about getting rid of attorney general gonzales because he was so bad. but they weren't going against him. now we have somebody far, far more qualified and they talk about voting against him. now, in the faln, we had hearing. there have been soany hearings

Patrick Leahy

1:38:14 to 1:38:34( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: on this. i was critical of the commutations made by the president, but let's look at the record. and let's look at the fact. as deputy attorney general, mr. holder had no final decision

Patrick Leahy

1:38:35 to 1:38:56( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: making power to grant or pardons. mr. holder's memo to the white house made no clemency for the prisoners. it simply provided the analysis that's expected to be provided to the white house with multiple options for each prisoner. none of the faln members offered

Patrick Leahy

1:38:57 to 1:39:17( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: clemency by president clinton were present when individuals were killed the prisoners who were offered clemency were released under strict supervision of federal none have caused any future harm harm.

Patrick Leahy

1:39:18 to 1:39:38( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: otherwise the clemency -- the only ones o were given clemency were those with an actualliness to renounce violence and already sphrerved 17 to 19 years. there was not a get-out-of-jail-free-card. the clemency provided by president clinton was supported

Patrick Leahy

1:39:39 to 1:40:01( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: by various members of congress, numerous religious, human rights, labor and hispanic, civic and community groups he's, archbishop desmond tutu among other nobel prize

Patrick Leahy

1:40:02 to 1:40:23( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: i "and i would note that many of the law enforcement expeagz law enforc and i would note that many of the law enforcement agencies and law enforcement officials who were critical of the faln clem siz given by -- clemencies given by former president clinton are the same prosecutors, those who had prosecuted those cases who came forward and strongly and unequivocally endorsed eric

Patrick Leahy

1:40:24 to 1:40:44( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: holder the united so we can talk and talk and talk and talk and talk and talk and set up double standards. the fact, is the people most knowledgeable argued in favor of eric holder as attorney general.

Patrick Leahy

1:40:45 to 1:40:56( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: mr. president, i reserve the

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