Lawfaregate: Holder Pressed to Reveal Who in the Justice Department defended Gitmo Terrorists Before Being Appointed
Eric Holder’s former law firm, Covington & Burling LLP, represented 18 of the Gitmo detainees before he was appointed Attorney General.
has been defending Terrorists since 2004. Particularly the Guantanamo Bay detainees. They have filed amicus curiae briefs (no pun intended) before the Supreme and District Courts and generally hindered any attempt to move forward with their prosecution.
Byron York writes in today’s Washington Examiner:
To Charles Grassley, a senior Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, the questions seem pretty simple. How many of the political appointees now in charge of terrorist detainee issues at the Obama Justice Department were, not too long ago, lawyers and activists working on behalf of those very detainees? Who are they? Have they removed themselves from cases involving their former clients?
So far, Grassley is having a hard time getting the information he wants. His problems started on Nov. 18, 2009, when Holder appeared before the Judiciary Committee and Grassley asked him to reveal which department lawyers had represented which detainees. Grassley is still waiting for an answer.
“He said something like, ‘I have to think about it,’ ” Grassley says. “He must still be thinking about it two and a half months later.”