Saturday, March 28, 2015

First Hint of Confirmation Fight

Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., applies brakes to a fast confirmation for Attorney General-designee Eric Holder

First Hint of Confirmation Fight

Sen. Arlen Specter (R., Pa.) went on the Senate floor and said he would apply the brakes to the confirmation process for President-elect Barack Obama's nominee for attorney general. As an official in the Clinton administration, Eric Holder had a role in the pardon of fugitive financier Marc Rich, who also was a huge Democratic fundraiser. Specter wants that episode examined closely. Politico has the story here.

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Thomas FitzgeraldThomas Fitzgerald joined The Philadelphia Inquirer in 2000, and has covered Harrisburg as well as city, state and national politics for the newspaper. He was a “boy on the bus” in the 2004 presidential campaign and during primary contests in 2000 and 1996.

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