Leahy Notices Confirmation Hearing For Deputy AG Nominee

WASHINGTON (Thursday, Jan. 29, 2009) – Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) on Thursday noticed a hearing to consider the nomination of David W. Ogden to be Deputy Attorney General of the United States.  Ogden is a former Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department’s Civil Division, and a former counsellor and chief of staff to the Attorney General.  Ogden will testify before the panel on February 5.

President Obama announced Ogden’s designation to fill the number two position at the Justice Department on January 5.  The nominee is currently a partner at WilmerHale in Washington, D.C., and worked closely on the Justice Department transition team. 

“David Ogden, like Eric Holder, is an immensely qualified nominee,” said Leahy.  “The Senate will vote to confirm Mr. Holder’s historic nomination to lead the nation’s top law enforcement agency on Monday. The time for partisanship is over.  We must move forward and confirm the Justice Department’s leadership team without delay.  Mr. Holder will need his Deputy, Associate, and Assistant Attorneys General in place as soon as possible.  I expect to consult with the Ranking Member to accommodate Republican scheduling requests and to move forward with further confirmation hearings for Justice Department nominees.”

The Judiciary Committee on Wednesday voted 17-2 to report the nomination of Eric H. Holder Jr. to be Attorney General to the full Senate for consideration.  A Senate vote is expected on Monday.

Ogden has responded to the Committee’s bipartisan questionnaire, and his nomination has received the support of leading law enforcement organizations, including the Fraternal Order of Police and the National Association of Police Organizations.  More than a dozen letters of support have been received by the Judiciary Committee in connection with his nomination.

The Committee questionnaire and materials related to Ogden’s nomination are available online.  The hearing will be webcast live. 

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January 28, 2009



The Senate Committee on the Judiciary has scheduled a hearing on the nomination of David W. Ogden to be Deputy Attorney General of United States Department of Justice for Thursday, February 5, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. in Room 226 of the Senate Dirksen Office Building.

By order of the Chairman. 

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