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Senate Proceeding on May 9th, 2011 :: 2:54:45 to 3:01:50
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John Cornyn

2:54:41 to 2:55:01( Edit History Discussion )

John Cornyn: the presiding officer: without objection. mr. leahy: mr. president, i yield the floor to the senator -- the distinguished senator from texas, and i yield the floor. mr. cornyn: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from texas.

John Cornyn

2:54:45 to 3:01:50( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: John Cornyn

John Cornyn

2:55:02 to 2:55:23( Edit History Discussion )

John Cornyn: mr. cornyn: distinguished chairman of the judiciary committee has pointed out that the deputy attorney general is a member of the national security team of the president, and the president has already used the authority under the constitution to make a recess appointment of this

John Cornyn

2:55:24 to 2:55:44( Edit History Discussion )

John Cornyn: nominee, but the question before the senate today is whether the senate should confirm the nomination of james cole to serve as deputy attorney general there are three -- really three reasons why i oppose this nomination. the first is that mr. cole is

John Cornyn

2:55:45 to 2:56:07( Edit History Discussion )

John Cornyn: one of the earliest and most vociferous advocates of bringing foreign al qaeda terrorists to american cities for civilian trials, a position since repudiated by the attorney general himself in the case of khalid sheikh muhammed, and i'm grateful for that, but mr. cole has never recanted his position

John Cornyn

2:56:08 to 2:56:29( Edit History Discussion )

John Cornyn: that, in effect, these are criminal cases to be prosecuted as ordinary crimes rather than terrorist acts during a time of war. the problem, of course, with the paradigm of treating terrorism as a criminal case is that you don't punish the terrorists until they have actually been successful in committing a

John Cornyn

2:56:30 to 2:56:50( Edit History Discussion )

John Cornyn: terrorist act, and in a war, having the battle, maybe more than half the battle, is trying to stop the terrorists from actually accomplishing his or her goal of killing innocent people, and you do that by interrogating detainees and finding out what they know about the organization and plans of

John Cornyn

2:56:51 to 2:57:12( Edit History Discussion )

John Cornyn: terrorist organizations, and mr. cole unfortunately stands by the -- really the outdated, outmoded characterization of these terrorist attacks as if they were ordinary crimes, which they are something much worse indeed. quite frankly, as mr. holder's

John Cornyn

2:57:13 to 2:57:34( Edit History Discussion )

John Cornyn: deputy, mr. cole will only exacerbate the worst tendencies of the department of justice when it comes to distinguishing between criminal prosecutions and fighting a war against terrorists. this was, of course, the primary reason why mr. cole's nomination was unanimously rejected by judiciary committee republicans

John Cornyn

2:57:35 to 2:57:55( Edit History Discussion )

John Cornyn: in the judiciary committee. the american people want a department of justice that is committed to enforcing the law and protecting the innocent, not creating a new civil rights for terrorists or treating them as ordinary criminals when they are something else indeed.

John Cornyn

2:57:56 to 2:58:18( Edit History Discussion )

John Cornyn: in fact, the recent -- the recent death of osama bin laden was the product of a lot of intelligence gathering that occurred over the years that would never have occurred if mr. cole's presumed model of mirandizeing people who are arrested, telling them they don't have to provide any information because they are

John Cornyn

2:58:19 to 2:58:42( Edit History Discussion )

John Cornyn: being treated as ordinary criminals rather than as terrorists who are eligible for rough interrogation, if necessary, in order to find out what they know in order to save innocent lives. rather than listening to the concerns of republicans on the judiciary committee about mr. cole's very narrow view of

John Cornyn

2:58:43 to 2:59:05( Edit History Discussion )

John Cornyn: the war on terror and of the views of the american people and perhaps reconsidering this flawed nomination, the president has decided to plow ahead and bypass the advice and consent process, as of course i said he has the right to do with a recess appointment. there's actually a couple of other reasons why i oppose the nomination.

John Cornyn

2:59:06 to 2:59:28( Edit History Discussion )

John Cornyn: i want to first express my appreciation to senators chambliss and senator grassley. senator chambliss is a member of the senate select committee on intelligence. senator grassley is the ranking member of the senate judiciary committee. they have continued to demand information from the department of justice and have been

John Cornyn

2:59:29 to 2:59:50( Edit History Discussion )

John Cornyn: stonewalled at every turn. senator chambliss and his colleagues on the intelligence committee have made perfectly reasonable requests consistent with the committee's oversight responsibilities related to the obama administration's guantanamo bay detainee review task force. senator grassley, on the other hand, from his position as the ranking republican on the

John Cornyn

2:59:51 to 3:00:12( Edit History Discussion )

John Cornyn: judiciary committee on which i serve, has requested documents concerning serious allegations that the bureau of alcohol, tobacco and firearms and explosives knowingly allowed straw madam chairmanners to buy firearms which were then provided to criminal drug cartels in mexico. it's later been reported that at least two of these weapons were

John Cornyn

3:00:13 to 3:00:35( Edit History Discussion )

John Cornyn: later found at the scene where a border patrol by the name of brian terry was murdered. i fully support senators chambliss and grassley and regret that the administratio administration -- that the repeated requests for information that were well within the purview of the oversight responsibilities of congress have been unreasonably rejected. mr. president, when a minority

John Cornyn

3:00:36 to 3:00:56( Edit History Discussion )

John Cornyn: in the senate is denied the usual and customary information that's necessary for us to do our job, we are left with very few options. one of those options is to force resolution by exercising our rights as a minority to block cloture. that's not necessarily a permanent move. it means debate continues on the nomination and you can't come to

John Cornyn

3:00:57 to 3:01:19( Edit History Discussion )

John Cornyn: a vote. but i would submit that if rational minds would come together on, senator grassley, senator chambliss could get the information that they and their committees are entitled to and discharge their oversight responsibilities and we could come much closer to resolving the differences on this particular nominee. mr. president, i yield the floor

John Cornyn

3:01:20 to 3:01:29( Edit History Discussion )

John Cornyn: and i suggest the quorum. the presiding officer: the clerk will call the roll.

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