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Senate Proceeding on Feb 2nd, 2009 :: 1:50:30 to 1:53:25
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Sheldon Whitehouse

1:50:26 to 1:50:46( Edit History Discussion )

Sheldon Whitehouse: mr. president, i yield the floor and i the presiding officer: the senator from rhode mr. whitehou thank the chair. i thank the distinguished chairman of the intelligence committee for his words. it's a pleasure to work with him on the committee and i think we are both new relationship with the

Sheldon Whitehouse

1:50:30 to 1:53:25( Edit History Discussion )
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Sheldon Whitehouse

1:50:47 to 1:51:07( Edit History Discussion )

Sheldon Whitehouse: department of justice under a new attorney general. i see my friend and senator sessions, here waiting to speak, so i just wanted to make two quick points. the first is that this is a man of really exceptional experience. our distinguished presiding officer, who i don't think the the -- can be seen on the television right now, but it's

Sheldon Whitehouse

1:51:08 to 1:51:28( Edit History Discussion )

Sheldon Whitehouse: the distinguished senator udall from new m general himself. he understands the value of experience in these jobs. united states attorney, who has been a federal judge, who has been the deputy attorney general of the united states, the number two position in this office, and who by all

Sheldon Whitehouse

1:51:29 to 1:51:49( Edit History Discussion )

Sheldon Whitehouse: aquitted himself with really remarkable distinction during the course of his tenure i those three positions. it's also noteworthy that the department of justice has fall own very, very hard time -- has fallen on very, very hard times recently. and people from both sides of the aisle, from recent and distant administrations, have come forward to try to be

Sheldon Whitehouse

1:51:50 to 1:52:11( Edit History Discussion )

Sheldon Whitehouse: helpful, to express their concern and their dismay about what was allowed to happen to this great department and from all of my experience in the -- i guess you could call them group of friends of the department of justice, people who've served there and who have that department, they view eric holder as a special person who

Sheldon Whitehouse

1:52:12 to 1:52:32( Edit History Discussion )

Sheldon Whitehouse: has a unique capacity to fight for the things that the itself on: independence, pure legal analysis and courage, and i think it's going to be ve and family of the department of justice who've been so concerned about what's happened to it in the last few months to have this

Sheldon Whitehouse

1:52:33 to 1:52:53( Edit History Discussion )

Sheldon Whitehouse: man now in charge. there will be a huge sigh of relief breathed out. the last thing i'll say i'm -- i want to complement my colleagues on the bipartisan way in which this has gone forward. there were concerns early on. they were addressed fairly and squarely. this pass the out of the

Sheldon Whitehouse

1:52:54 to 1:53:14( Edit History Discussion )

Sheldon Whitehouse: judiciary committee is as close to perfe i think you're going to get. and continues to receive broad support from both sides of aisle on the floor. and i note that many people who are department of justice history under the republican party have come out in support of him. certainl

Sheldon Whitehouse

1:53:15 to 1:53:25( Edit History Discussion )

Sheldon Whitehouse: and deputy attorney general jim comey are two of the most distinguished people who have done so. so without further ado, i will yield the floor so that my friend senator sessions can speak.

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