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    The U.S. Senate confirmed Eric Holder as attorney general Monday, voting 75-21 to place him in charge of the Department of Justice.

    Holder, 58, is a former federal prosecutor and served as deputy attorney general during the Clinton administration. His confirmation makes him the first African-American confirmed to the post, though he held the job on an acting basis in early 2001.

    Monday's vote leaves him set to take over a Justice Department battered by a series of controversies during the Bush administration, from questions about how it laid legal groundwork for harsh interrogations of suspected terrorists to the sackings of top federal prosecutors in several cities.
    "There's a big job to do, and it's going to be Mr. Holder's duty to turn this department around and restore its credibility," said Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California.

    During confirmation hearings, Republicans questioned his role in former President Bill Clinton's widely criticized last-minute pardon of fugitive financier Marc Rich and questioned whether he would be independent of the White House. Holder had a testy exchange with the Senate Judiciary Committee's ranking Republican, Arlen Specter, who questioned Holder's "fitness" for the office.

    Holder shot back that Specter was "getting close to the line in questioning my integrity," and Specter ultimately supported the nomination. But Sen. Jim Bunning, R-Kentucky, cited the pardons and what he called Holder's insufficient support for gun rights in opposing the nomination.

    "Mr. Holder is supportive of old ideas for gun control that have never made people safer at the expense of taking away their rights," Bunning said.
    Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy pointed out that the chamber's Republican membership backed Bush administration Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, who was forced out in late 2007. The GOP also did not condemn the former president's commutation of the prison term facing ex-White House aide Lewis "Scooter" Libby, who was convicted of obstructing justice and lying to federal agents probing the 2003 disclosure of a CIA agent's identity.

    "I don't recall any Republicans objecting to that," said Leahy, D-Vermont. "Instead, they're objecting to something President Clinton did. I don't want to suggest in any way that the objections are partisan, but they certainly aren't consistent."

    All 21 of the "no" votes were Republicans, but more than a dozen GOP senators joined Democrats in confirming Holder. Sen. Christopher "Kit" Bond, R-Missouri, said Holder convinced him he would be "looking forward to keeping the nation safe."

    Bond, the ranking Republican on the Intelligence Committee, raised concerns that the administration would seek to prosecute U.S. officials involved in using what the Bush administration called "alternative" interrogation techniques, measures critics said involved the torture of prisoners in U.S. custody.

    Holder unambiguously called the use of waterboarding against suspected terrorists a form of torture that violated the Geneva Conventions, but he has said that prosecuting intelligence officials who followed Justice Department guidance would be "difficult."

    Bond said that while Holder's answer focused on U.S. officials who were following the administration's legal advice, "I told him, and I believe he understood, that trying to prosecute these lawyers or political leaders would generate a political firestorm."

    Source: CNN.com

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    I'm sorry to say that the FL Democrat voted for Holder. The FL RINO abstained. Spineless Coward.

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    Thumbs down Sorry that Both Michigan....

    It sure Looks like Politics as usual... Both Of Michigan's Dem Senators voted Yea.... Senators Levin and Stabenow.
    Sorry people..
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    We definitely need to keep a close eye on this clown.
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    since only 21 senators voted against him does anyone have a list of the 21 who opposed

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    I would like to know to so I know who to support in 2010
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    Quote Originally Posted by stumpjumper101 View Post
    since only 21 senators voted against him does anyone have a list of the 21 who opposed
    Both TN REPUBLICAN Senators voted for this clown. I can't wait to blaze their asses in letter form. Neither will be receiving my vote the next time up.

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    You can go here and see how they voted;

    111th Congress, 1st session, Senate vote 32 | Congress votes database | washingtonpost.com

    Mine split, Richard Shelby voted No and Jeff Sessions voted Yes. Sessions will not get my vote next time around.

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    Mr Bayh and Mr Lugar will not get my vote when I move back to Indiana. That's for sure
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    Who voted from the US Senate WEb site

    Quote Originally Posted by stumpjumper101 View Post
    since only 21 senators voted against him does anyone have a list of the 21 who opposed
    SJ... You asked who voted for or against? Check the US Senate WEb site at..... U.S. Senate: Legislation & Records Home > Votes > Roll Call Vote


    Alphabetical by Senator Name Akaka (D-HI), Yea
    Alexander (R-TN), Yea
    Barrasso (R-WY), Nay
    Baucus (D-MT), Yea
    Bayh (D-IN), Yea
    Begich (D-AK), Not Voting
    Bennet (D-CO), Yea
    Bennett (R-UT), Yea
    Bingaman (D-NM), Yea
    Bond (R-MO), Yea
    Boxer (D-CA), Yea
    Brown (D-OH), Yea
    Brownback (R-KS), Nay
    Bunning (R-KY), Nay
    Burr (R-NC), Nay
    Burris (D-IL), Yea
    Byrd (D-WV), Yea
    Cantwell (D-WA), Yea
    Cardin (D-MD), Yea
    Carper (D-DE), Yea
    Casey (D-PA), Yea
    Chambliss (R-GA), Yea
    Coburn (R-OK), Nay
    Cochran (R-MS), Nay
    Collins (R-ME), Yea
    Conrad (D-ND), Yea
    Corker (R-TN), Yea
    Cornyn (R-TX), Nay
    Crapo (R-ID), Nay
    DeMint (R-SC), Nay
    Dodd (D-CT), Yea
    Dorgan (D-ND), Yea
    Durbin (D-IL), Yea
    Ensign (R-NV), Nay
    Enzi (R-WY), Nay
    Feingold (D-WI), Yea
    Feinstein (D-CA), Yea
    Gillibrand (D-NY), Yea
    Graham (R-SC), Yea
    Grassley (R-IA), Yea
    Gregg (R-NH), Yea
    Hagan (D-NC), Yea
    Harkin (D-IA), Yea
    Hatch (R-UT), Yea
    Hutchison (R-TX), Nay
    Inhofe (R-OK), Nay
    Inouye (D-HI), Yea
    Isakson (R-GA), Yea
    Johanns (R-NE), Nay
    Johnson (D-SD), Yea
    Kaufman (D-DE), Yea
    Kennedy (D-MA), Not Voting
    Kerry (D-MA), Yea
    Klobuchar (D-MN), Yea
    Kohl (D-WI), Yea
    Kyl (R-AZ), Yea
    Landrieu (D-LA), Yea
    Lautenberg (D-NJ), Yea
    Leahy (D-VT), Yea
    Levin (D-MI), Yea
    Lieberman (ID-CT), Yea
    Lincoln (D-AR), Yea
    Lugar (R-IN), Yea
    Martinez (R-FL), Not Voting
    McCain (R-AZ), Yea
    McCaskill (D-MO), Yea
    McConnell (R-KY), Nay
    Menendez (D-NJ), Yea
    Merkley (D-OR), Yea
    Mikulski (D-MD), Yea
    Murkowski (R-AK), Yea
    Murray (D-WA), Yea
    Nelson (D-FL), Yea
    Nelson (D-NE), Yea
    Pryor (D-AR), Yea
    Reed (D-RI), Yea
    Reid (D-NV), Yea
    Risch (R-ID), Nay
    Roberts (R-KS), Nay
    Rockefeller (D-WV), Yea
    Sanders (I-VT), Yea
    Schumer (D-NY), Yea
    Sessions (R-AL), Yea
    Shaheen (D-NH), Yea
    Shelby (R-AL), Nay
    Snowe (R-ME), Yea
    Specter (R-PA), Yea
    Stabenow (D-MI), Yea
    Tester (D-MT), Yea
    Thune (R-SD), Nay
    Udall (D-CO), Yea
    Udall (D-NM), Yea
    Vitter (R-LA), Nay
    Voinovich (R-OH), Yea
    Warner (D-VA), Yea
    Webb (D-VA), Yea
    Whitehouse (D-RI), Yea
    Wicker (R-MS), Nay
    Wyden (D-OR), Yea
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