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1/9/2009

Holder Pushed FALN Clemency

Filed under: Obama,Terrorism — Patterico @ 1:50 am



The L.A. Times reports:

Attorney general nominee Eric H. Holder Jr. repeatedly pushed some of his subordinates at the Clinton Justice Department to drop their opposition to a controversial 1999 grant of clemency to 16 members of two violent Puerto Rican nationalist organizations, according to interviews and documents.

Details of the role played by Holder, who was deputy attorney general at the time, had not been publicly known until now. The new details are of particular interest because Republican senators have vowed to revisit Holder’s role during his confirmation hearings next week.

Well, that should be interesting.

29 Responses to “Holder Pushed FALN Clemency”

  1. Time to see if the Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee have the inclination to put up a fight when appropriate. This clown doesn’t belong anywhere near the AG job, and Obama should be made to pay a serious political price for putting him forward.

    M. Scott Eiland (5ccff0)

  2. How can we be even mildly surprised by this? Wouldn’t Bill Ayers be happy with a FALN advocate? These people are all of one mindset and it is dark and depraved.

    Peg C. (48175e)

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  4. Will we see the MSM hold the Democrats’ feet to the fire of responsibility? Nope, didn’t think so.

    PCD (7fe637)

  5. But wasn’t the aim to help Hillary gain P.R. votes in New York City in her run for Senate? Why aren’t the same and more skeletons likely to affect her confirmation hearings for Sec. of State? Seems someone else always takes the fall for the Clintons.

    aoibhneas (0c6cfc)

  6. Marc Rich thinks that the pardons were the epitome of morality.

    Dmac (eb0dd0)

  7. Racists

    JD (9ede88)

  8. Is this more Hope and Change? Less of that “Culture of Corruption”?

    Sigh.

    Eric Blair (3e2520)

  9. It is abundantly obvious to even the most casual of observers is that the only reason you oppose Holder is because of his skin color. That, and the fact that he is a lying crapweasel.

    JD (9ede88)

  10. JD, you left out the “…who defends terrorists from a terrorist organization…”

    And it is the FBI which defined FALN as a terrorist organization, and opposed the Clinton pardons. And Holder recommended the clemency.

    In case this situation has faded a bit from memory, here is a good refresher:

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB120277819085260827.html

    Notice how the terrorists responded to the clemency?

    Hope and Change!

    And check out HRC’s “triangulation” on this issue.

    Eric Blair (3e2520)

  11. Let’s face it. To Democrats, this is no big deal.

    Now, if he had been advocating clemency for Republicans…

    Mike K (2cf494)

  12. With Obama’s picks for Cabinet postions (both the survivors and the self-removed), we are in deep fecal matter.

    I just hope Republicans make the Cabinet approval process as painful as possible for The One, starting with Panetta at CIA. That might just reign in some of Obama’s “plans” for us. But that assumes Congressional Republicans will grow a spine, which is not a given.

    RickZ (472435)

  13. I agree with JD. To oppose Holder’s nomination is just plain racist, small minded, jingoistic, homophobic, misogynistic, Christianist, and not post-partisan.

    daleyrocks (5d22c0)

  14. It is pro-FALN, though.

    Eric Blair (3e2520)

  15. Hey, when you lie down with dogs (vote for Dems), don’t be shocked when you end up with fleas.

    AD (9c6207)

  16. We are all God’s children, even members of FALN, who were forced into their actions by the imperialistic ruling pro-business, anti-3rd world elite. To err is human; to forgive divine.

    Face it, you right wingers are misanthropic

    aoibhneas (0c6cfc)

  17. Actually, it is interesting how the FALN conspirators are portrayed, say, in the MSM versus what they did. They refused to renounce their actions. Clinton’s people went to long lengths to get them to do so.

    The WSJ article above will make you VERY angry about Holder’s appointment. But then, I’m sure he was just following orders from above.

    Eric Blair (3e2520)

  18. Time to see if the Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee have the inclination to put up a fight when appropriate.

    Well, when a notorious squish like Arlen Specter delivers a floor speech in the Senate criticizing the Holder nomination, it’s a fairly good sign that Republicans are not going to roll over and play dead. Dear Leader will no doubt manage to push Holder through, but at the very least it might be uncomfortable for a while. One more negative revelation on Holder (tax issues, shading business dealing, etc.) might torpedo the nomination altogether.

    JVW (bff0a4)

  19. I’m baffled how Obama thinks he can get a confirmation on Holder now.

    SPQR (72771e)

  20. I’m baffled how Obama thinks he can get a confirmation on Holder now.

    Don’t underestimate Dear Leader’s hubris, SPQR. This is the first time in his whole political life that the media has been anything but reverentially flattering to him, so he is probably struggling as to how exactly to respond.

    JVW (bff0a4)

  21. In that case, the GOP (and I’m specifically looking at McCain here) better gear up and tell the MSM to go screw themselves, or else the fight will be over before it even starts. Stop playing to the cameras, and start fighting like the opposition party – for once.

    Dmac (eb0dd0)

  22. Holder as AG only puts our country more at risk of a terrorist attack.

    Hondo (7cfd24)

  23. Holder as AG only puts our country more at risk of a terrorist attack.

    Which the MSM would promptly blame on GWB and/or Israel.

    Old Coot (f036b5)

  24. Which the MSM would promptly blame on GWB and/or Israel.

    And they would be right.

    JD (085a0e)

  25. SPQR wrote:

    I’m baffled how Obama thinks he can get a confirmation on Holder now.

    By backing him 1000%.

    The cynical Dana (3e4784)

  26. Which is worse – Holder for AG or Panetta @ CIA ?

    JD (085a0e)

  27. Holder – because he’s smart enough to realize what the hell his ultimate goals are. Panetta will just get rolled by the entrenched at the CIA, like everone else.

    Dmac (eb0dd0)

  28. “everyone”

    Dmac (eb0dd0)

  29. Can we start picking squares in the Under the Bus Pool yet?

    daleyrocks (5d22c0)


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