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Republicans demand more time to consider Holder; postponement of committee vote for one week

Gotta love the bipartisanship breaking out all over the Senate!

And that Texas senator from central casting, John Cornyn, has been a really busy bugger. First, throwing wrench into Hillary's confirmation, now Holder's.

Sen. John Cornyn , R-Texas, had said he would block committee proceedings, if he doesn't get an answer from Holder as to whether he would prosecute those who tortured prisoners at Guantanamo Bay.

Other Republican committee members are also worried about the potential for prosecutions. They think they should be given immunity if they believed they were acting within the law.

The GOP also seems to be concerned over Holder's role in the 2001 pardon of fugitive financier Marc Rich.

"I think there's enough discontent that something has to be worked out," Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, told The Hill.

Bit more detail at HuffPo writeup.

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Submitted by DCblogger on

is there some crime where the statute of limitations would expire next week?

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Submitted by Valhalla on

For instance, is there a good faith defense to a torture prosecution already in the law? An acting under orders defense? Would they be prosecuted as war crimes? I'm very weak on military law.

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Submitted by Damon on

Oh, boy, God-awful Old Party is at it, again. I can't but help smile seeing them squirm. I love how they are going to keep trotting out Marc Rich as a cover for what they are really concerned about. Their ass just may be grass if Obama and Holder have the cajones to investigate.