Holder Hearing Rescheduled

WASHINGTON- In an effort to accommodate Senate Republicans, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) has postponed the confirmation hearing for Eric H. Holder Jr., to be the Attorney General of the United States for more than 30 days from today, January 15, 2009.


"The Committee has not yet received the names of other designees for high-ranking Department of Justice officials that we had anticipated and more time is now available to the Judiciary Committee.  Therefore, to accommodate the Republicans on the Judiciary Committee, at their request we are delaying the hearing, again, until January 15.  The Assistant Republican Leader said last year that 'attorney general nominees have been confirmed, on average, in approximately three weeks.' Nonetheless, in order to accommodate the Republicans members, I am rescheduling the hearing on Mr. Holder for twice that long, until more than six weeks after his official designation.  It is disappointing to me that they are insisting that we delay at a time when the nation needs its top law enforcement officer and national security team in place and working.  I trust that with this additional time to prepare, they will cooperate in proceeding promptly to Committee and Senate consideration of the historic Holder nomination as Democrats did for President Bush."


The hearing has been rescheduled for January 15, 2009, at 9:30 a.m. in the historic Senate Caucus Room, room 325 of the Russell Senate Office Building.  The hearing will be webcast live online.


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December 15, 2008



          The Senate Committee on the Judiciary hearing on the nomination of Eric H. Holder Jr. to be Attorney General of the United States scheduled for Thursday, January 8, 2009 at 9:30 a.m. has been postponed and will take place on Thursday, January 15, 2009 at 9:30 a.m. in room 325 of the Russell Senate Office Building (Russell Caucus Room).

By order of the Chairman 

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