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Nine Obama Justice Officials Worked for Terrorist Detainees

Attorney General Eric Holder has revealed that nine Obama justice officials used to, according to the Washington Examiner, "represent or advocate for" terrorist detainees. Now these nine justice officials are tasked with enforcing the laws that are meant to keep those same terrorist detainees locked up. How does that work, exactly?

Attorney General Eric Holder says nine Obama appointees in the Justice Department have represented or advocated for terrorist detainees before joining the Justice Department. But he does not reveal any names beyond the two officials whose work has already been publicly reported. And all the lawyers, according to Holder, are eligible to work on general detainee matters, even if there are specific parts of some cases they cannot be involved in.

Holder's admission comes in the form of an answer to a question posed last November by Republican Sen. Charles Grassley. Noting that one Obama appointee, Principal Deputy Solicitor General Neal Katyal, formerly represented Osama bin Laden's driver, and another appointee, Jennifer Daskal, previously advocated for detainees at Human Rights Watch, Grassley asked Holder to give the Senate Judiciary Committee "the names of political appointees in your department who represent detainees or who work for organizations advocating on their behalf...the cases or projects that these appointees work with respect to detainee prior to joining the Justice Department...and the cases or projects relating to detainees that have worked on since joining the Justice Department."

In his response, Holder has given Grassley almost nothing. He says nine Obama political appointees at the Justice Department have advocated on behalf of detainees, but did not identify any of the nine other than the two, Katyal and Daskal, whose names Grassley already knew. "To the best of our knowledge," Holder writes,

during their employment prior to joining the government, only five of the lawyers who serve as political appointees in those components represented detainees, and four others either contributed to amicus briefs in detainee-related cases or were otherwise involved in advocacy on behalf of detainees.

Holder says other Obama appointees, like Holder himself, came from law firms which represented detainees but did no work on behalf of the terrorist prisoners. But other than Katyal and Daskal, Holder does not reveal any names of any Obama appointees, nor does he mention the cases they worked on.


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"But other than Katyal and ... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

"But other than Katyal and Daskal, Holder does not reveal any names of any Obama appointees, nor does he mention the cases they worked on."

Of course he won't. Because then people would be able to check and find out that Eric is lying thru his teeth again.

And Eric has finally released the 'investigation' into the legal memos written by John Yoo and Jay Bybee. (You know, the one's that he said would be released in December). Seems NO ACTION will be taken against Yoo and Bybee. Nothing like a Friday night doc dump that hopefully the MSM will not highlight to the nutroots.

It's not just nine:<p... (Below threshold)
Les Nessman:

It's not just nine:

"- by the way, that is just the number of lawyers" (9) "who have worked directly as terrorist advocates, or who have submitted friend-of-the-court briefs on their behalf.
...
Other Justice Department political employees worked for law firms which acted as terrorist mouth-pieces, though they didn't (supposedly) do any direct work for the terrorists." -Ace of Spades HQ blog

When the president himself ... (Below threshold)
sam:

When the president himself works for terrorists, what are 9 DoJ lawyers?

Holder is destined to becom... (Below threshold)
recovered liberal democrat:

Holder is destined to become the worst USAG we have had in a long time. I thought Janet Reno was the worst. Holder has her beat by a long shot.

It should be noted that Hol... (Below threshold)
Gmac:

It should be noted that Holder came from a firm that did pro bono work for detainee's.

Habeas corpus; end... (Below threshold)
iwogisdead:
Habeas corpus; end of story until Robo-Bush is animatized via Enron Current (EC) to face off with Godzilla.

What an incredibly stupid comment!

How about this, dumbass:

http://www.abanet.org/cpr/mrpc/mrpc_toc.html

What part of "conflict of interest" is too hard for you to understand? Check back in after your grow the hell up.

I did not know that it was ... (Below threshold)
Bruce Henry:

I did not know that it was a conflict of interest to be a defense attorney and then, subsequently, to be a prosecutor.

Oh, that's because IT ISN'T.

What a mind Bruce. What a s... (Below threshold)
recovered liberal democrat:

What a mind Bruce. What a simple, simple mind.

Grow up spork and get a clu... (Below threshold)
914:

Grow up spork and get a clue.

That never gets old, 914.</... (Below threshold)
Bruce Henry:

That never gets old, 914.

And, RLD, where do YOU think prosecutors come from? Under a cabbage leaf? Does the stork bring them?

Just as it's not necessarily a conflict to be a prosecutor first, then a defense attorney, so it's not necessarily a conflct in reverse. It occurs quite often, in fact.




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