Obama: Holder Won’t Be Another Gonzo

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December 1, 2008 1:33 p.m.
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Given our coverage of the unprecedented politicization of the Department of Justice under President Bush, we thought this passage from Barack Obama’s prepared remarks this morning — at which he announced Eric Holder as his pick for Attorney General, among other selections — was worth noting:

Eric also has the combination of toughness and independence that we need at the Justice Department. Let me be clear: the Attorney General serves the American people. And I have every expectation that Eric will protect our people, uphold the public trust, and adhere to our Constitution.

In other words, Obama is sending a message that Holder won’t see his role as being the president’s personal lawyer — which was how Alberto Gonzales, who had been Bush’s lawyer both in the White House and in Texas, seemed to view the job.

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