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Shelby's Office Confirms Holds, Lashes Out At Obama

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He said the decision was part of a pattern on the part of the White House to put political concerns over fighting terror. Graffeo also suggested the holds were no big deal.

"The Obama Administration wants to read terrorists our Miranda rights and try them in U.S. courts but is impeding the processing of evidence that could lead to convictions," he said. "If this administration were as worried about hunting down terrorists as it is about the confirmation of low-level political nominations, America would be a safer place."

Graffeo said Shelby "has made the Administration aware" of his concerns "and is willing to discuss them at any time."

Read Graffeo's full statement here.