Holder Slams Rendition, Tribunals

Attorney-general nominee signals clear break with Bush practices
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 15, 2009 4:07 PM CST
Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., pats Attorney General-designate Eric Holder on the back during a break in Holder's confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Attorney General-designate Eric Holder continued his forceful rebuke of Bush administration policies at his confirmation hearing today, Politico reports. Holder slammed rendition, saying it “should not be the policy or practice of our great nation,” and criticized the military commissions trying Guantanamo detainees. They don’t “have in place all the due process requirements that I would like to see them have,” he said.

Though he indicated his extreme disagreement with the Bush administration’s legal practices, Holder echoed Barack Obama in shying away from the threat of prosecution. “We don’t want to criminalize policy differences that may exist between the outgoing administration” and the new one, he said. Further questioning is expected to address Holder’s work for Rod Blagojevich, which he failed to disclose earlier.