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Holder’s nomination in question

November 26, 2008
The Daily Mining Gazette

Remember the controversy over former President Clinton's pardons of various controversial figures, including fugitive Marc Rich? Apparently, President-elect Barack Obama doesn't recall them.

As he was leaving office, Clinton issued several presidential pardons. One of them went to Rich, who fled this country to live in Switzerland being indicted in 1983. Rich was accused of 51 counts of tax fraud - as well as being engaged in illegal oil deals with Iran during the 1979-80 hostage crisis. Rich and his ex-wife had given large campaign donations to Clinton and other Democrats.

But Clinton did not make the decision without seeking advice. His deputy attorney general in 2001 - Eric Holder - reported that he was "neutral, leaning toward favorable" on the Rich pardon. Clearly, Holder's judgment wasn't good. Perhaps it was colored by partisanship.

Now Obama wants Holder to be his attorney general - the nation's chief law enforcement officer.

Members of Obama's Cabinet must be confirmed by the Senate. Clearly, Holder's nomination should be scrutinized thoroughly.



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