Thursday, 18 June 2009

Oh SNAP! Eric Holder lets 'em know who's in charge

Ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee Jeff Sessions takes Attorney General Eric Holder to task for releasing torture memos (cuz torture itself isn't offensive, apparently, but sharing legal memos that provided unconvincing legal rationales for torture is the end of the Republic. Or something. I'm still waiting for my Republican to English dictionary to arrive). In the course of it, he seems to forget for a moment that Holder is, in fact, in charge now. Holder sets him straight, but quick.

SESSIONS: Well it was disapproved by your predecessor, Judge Mukasey, and Mr. Hayden, the CIA, um, DIA [sic] director. They didn’t approve of that at all. … You were willing to release matters that the DNI and the Attorney General believe were damaging to our national security.

HOLDER: Well, one attorney general thought that. I am the Attorney General of the United States, and it is this attorney general’s view that the release of that information was appropriate, as well as the president of the United States. I respect their opinion, but I had to make the decision, holding the office that I now hold.

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