An informative op-ed in the Washington Times tells us of yet another episode missed by the derelict mainstream media. A “disappointed” Sen. Jeff Sessions gave an under-reported tongue-lashing to Attorney General Eric Holder at a recent hearing, listing his complaints:
When the Office of Legal Counsel attorneys told you something was unconstitutional, I think I’m not happy that you ignored that and went around them. When security officials came to you and said we should keep our interrogation methods confidential, you said no. When the civil rights of Americans were trampled on by members of the Black Panthers at the voting place, you let the offenders get away. And as the American people look to you to lead in the war against terrorism, you have remained too silent. You even granted the release of dangerous detainees, including Jose Padilla’s alleged accomplice and another detainee who reportedly killed an American diplomat.
And as the Times recounts, there was also the putrid Justice Department advice on the release of the detainee abuse photos and the decision to Mirandize terrorists picked up on the battlefield.
But wait a minute. Among the 75 Senators who voted to confirm Holder there was a long list of Republicans — including Jeff Sessions. It’s not as if evidence was lacking which pointed to Holder’s predilection to serve up whatever legal opinion was requested by the White House (e.g., the Marc Rich and Puerto Rican terrorist pardons). Sessions and more than a dozen Republican colleagues chose to look the other way. They might be “disappointed” now — but they were warned and had an opportunity to mount serious opposition to Holder’s nomination. Perhaps next time, they won’t be so quick to go along for the sake of getting along.