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The Changeover: Attorney General

How much will Obama’s AG pick change?

U.S. Attorney General nominee Eric Holder faces the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday for his confirmation hearing. OPB will carry the hearing live and Think Out Loud will provide analysis and discussion about Holder when the committee breaks for lunch.

Holder is a native New Yorker with an immigrant father. He’s been a prosecutor, a judge, and served President Bill Clinton as a deputy attorney general. Until recently, scrutiny of Holder focused on controversies surrounding his role in Clinton’s pardon of fugitive financier Marc Rich, and in the clemency granted to 16 members of two Puerto Rican nationalist organizations.

Now the nominee is facing questions of potential conflicts of interest involving past clients like Michael Vick, Rod R. Blagojevich, and Chiquita.

Supporters say Holder is a successful private lawyer who has learned from his mistakes in public service. Still, he will likely face questions about his past judgments, as well as very current issues, such as how he’ll assist in Barack Obama’s pledge to shut down the naval base in Guantanamo Bay, and his views on changing the expanded executive powers put in place by the Bush administration.

What would you ask this former Clinton veteran? Are you concerned about privacy issues? Or national security issues? “Enhanced interrogation” techniques or treatment of Guantanamo detainees? What issue would you like to see addressed first? What do you want from the “people’s lawyer?”

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